6TH PARTICIPATORY COURSE ON DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS (PCDHR)

Participatory Course on Democracy and Human Rights (PCDHR) successfully completed at Dar-ul-Mussarat Training Institute- Lahore on November 5 to 13, 2015 which is the key capacity building initiative of the Centre for Human Rights Education -Pakistan with the support of National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

29 participants of diverse background including Human Rights Defenders, university students, political activists, media persons, and persons with disabilities,and religions of different areas of Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, FATA, and GilgitBaltistanparticipated in Course

 

Participatory Course on Democracy and Human Rights (PCDHR) focuses to strengthen the concepts of Human Rights and Democracy, introduce international Human Rights standards and mechanism, and promote volunteerism among youth and skill development of Human Rights Defenders. PCDHR consists of participatory techniques and methods which helps to develop understanding on different social subjects, provides the opportunity to interact and develop networking with people from diverse backgrounds and from different parts of the country.

The course has got a significant recognition nationally and internationally and a huge competition has been observed for the selection in the PCDHR. Centre for Human Rights Education received 524applications for the course this year and the participants of the course under report are selected out of these huge number of applicants.

Particiapnts Feedback and Comments

Nighat Anwar- AJK
The design and layout of the syllabus was not only comprehensive but also comprehendible, as most of the participants lacked theoretical background in Human Rights, international instruments of Human Rights, and UN structure and related aspects. So, it was a wonderful opportunity for those who really want to make a difference through performance and innovation.

Muhammed Asif Nadeem- Toba Tek Singh
PCDHR means a learning to get know probe in depth about human rights and democracy through practical working. PCDHR leaves strong impact on my personal life changing my mindset by learning and practical environment and realize me what is the meaning of life and how I should spend my life respecting & caring everyone ‘s rights the only way led toward peaceful life. After going through PCDHR my professional life changed a lot, I become more caring about my family colleagues, friends, neighbor and every human being in society respecting their rights &wishes and become equal positive thinker for all and feeling a true human being myself.

Nosheen Raza- Karachi
It’s a very well structured participatory learning course about the basic right that we have being a human and to understand the concept of true democracy. It’s an opportunity to learn by listening thinking,doing and sharing of ideas. I able to view human as a human and not as someone who belongs to class ,religion ,gender, race ethnicity or any other division in our society . The knowledge and information that I get during the course will help me to make my university students of sociology to better understand the state of human rights and democracy in Pakistan. I can myself be a change agent and aware more people about human rights and true spirit of democracy

 

ANNEXURE

Introduction 
Participatory Course on Democracy and Human Rights (PCDHR) successfully completed at Dar-ul-Mussarat Training Institute- Lahore on November 5 to 13, 2015 which is the key capacity building initiative of the Centre for Human Rights Education -Pakistan with the support of National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

29 participants of diverse background including Human Rights Defenders, university students, political activists, media persons, and persons with disabilities, and religions of different areas of Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, FATA, and GilgitBaltistan participated in Course

 

Participatory Course on Democracy and Human Rights (PCDHR) focuses to strengthen the concepts of Human Rights and Democracy, introduce international Human Rights standards and mechanism, and promote volunteerism among youth and skill development of Human Rights Defenders. PCDHR consists of participatory techniques and methods which helps to develop understanding on different social subjects, provides the opportunity to interact and develop networking with people from diverse backgrounds and from different parts of the country.

The course has got a significant recognition nationally and internationally and a huge competition has been observed for the selection in the PCDHR. Centre for Human Rights Education received 524applications for the course this year and the participants of the course under report are selected out of these huge number of applicants.

PCDHR PROCESS:
The Call for Application for PCDHR was launched and was circulated widely through FaceBook, CHRE Website, e-mail serve list and SMS Service.

Number of Applications:

Within the deadline 524 application were received.

Short listing:
Selection Committee after discussing each and every application short listed 50 applications. While short listing the group for PCDHR the Selection Committee ensured to have gender balance and the presence of the candidates from diverse religious background as well the presence of persons with disabilities and the transgenders.

Interview:
The shortlisted 50 candidates were interviewed on the phone and 30 candidates were finalized, however 25 were able to attend
.
Selection Letter:
Those who got through the interview were sent a selection letter while others were sent a regret letter. The selected participants were asked to confirm their participation within due date.

Logistic arrangement Letter and Content of the Course:

Upon confirmed of the selected participants, they were sent logistic arrangement letter and content of PCDHR Course.

 

Course Content:

Content/ Activity

Facilitator/Resource Person

Thinking about Human Rights

  • Concepts of Human Rights
  • Underlying Principles of Human Rights
  • Human Rights Culture
  • Historical Background of Human Rights

 

Samson Salamat

Human Rights Standards and Mechanisms

  • Overview of United Nation’s Human Rights Systems
  • Main features of International Human Rights Instruments (ICCPR, ICESCR, CERD, CEDAW, CAT, CRC, CRPD etc.)
  • Monitoring of Human Rights situation
  • Role of Human Rights Defenders/Organization to protect Human Rights
  • Use of UN system and other forums to address human rights violations

Samson Salamat

Human RIGHTS IN PAKISTAN

  • Gender Based discrimination and violence
  • Introduction and definition
  • Various types of gender discrimination
  • Violence against women; ground realities and response of the civil society, media and state institutions
  • Faith Based Discrimination and Violence in Pakistan
  • Contributing factors
  • Effects of discrimination and violence on the basis of faith
  • Ways to end faith based discrimination and violence
  • Roles and responsibilities of different stake-holders

 

  • Human Rights of Children
  • Situation of child rights- issues and concerns
  • Ways to improve the condition of child rights

Film Screening

 

 

AimaMehmood

 

 

Irfan Mufti

 

 

IftikharMubarik

 

BOL (Urdu Film)

Tolls & Techniques for effective Report Writing

  • Basic introduction to report writing
  • Different ways to document activity reports
  • Different ways to document HR violations
  • Tips for effective report writing
  • Preparation of exposure visits

Ayesha Rao

Exposure visits to assess Human Rights Situation

  • Brick Kiln Workers
  • DASTAK & Dar-ul- Aman
  • Sanitary worker & sever-men
  • Trans-gender Community/Female Sex Workers 
  • Gypsy Community 
  • Religious Minority Communities
  • Torture Victims

Reporting and Presentation

  • Naveed Raphael
  • KomalPatras
  • Adoo Ram
  • AsmatSabira
  • ZahidRehman
  • FazilBhatti

 

 

Samson Salamat

Elimination of religious discrimination and violence in the Pakistani society Causes and effects and Role of state institutions, political parties and civil society
(a lecture for the members of Rwadari Tehreek)

Jami Chandio

Lobbying Meetings with Government Departments to share the findings of the Exposure visits:

  • Women Development Department
  • Punjab Commission on the Status of Women
  • Labour Department
  • Social Welfare Department
  • Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Department
  • Human Rights Directorate
  • Water And Sanitation Authority (WASA)
  • Lahore Waste Management Company
  • Child Protection and Welfare Bureau
  • Samson Salamat
  • KomalPatras
  • Naveed Raphael
  • Adoo Ram
  • ZahidRehman

 

Political PARTIES Forum on Human Rights

  • The participants shared their finds of the exposure visits
  • The representative’s presented their party position
  • Mr. Jami Chandio gave his input as a political analyst
  • PPP (Raja Amir)
  • PML-Q (Mian Imran Masood)
  • PTI (Sunila Ruth MPA)
  • Farooq Tariq (AWP) 

 

Democracy and its Principle

  • Concept of Democracy and its evolution
  • Principle of Democracy
  • Democratic Culture
  • Misconceptions about Democracy and how to deal these misconceptions

Jami Chandio

Federalism

  • Federalism- theory, history and practices
  • Deficits of Federalism in Pakistan

 

Political and Historical Overview of Pakistan
( Democratic and Federal Perspective )

Jami Chandio

Religious Extremism in Pakistan

  • Historical overview
  • Contributing factors
  • Effects on national, regional and global peace
  • Response of the state, civil  society and media in curbing religious extremism
  • National Action Plan, and its implementation and what more needs to be done to deal with the religious extremism 

Hassan JafarZaidi

Role of Civil Society in Current Situation
Responsibilities, Challenges and Strategies

Role of Media in mainstreaming human rights and Democracy

  • Challenges for media
  • How human rights activists can effectively used media

Film screening (No one Killed Jessica)

Samson Salamat

 

Salman Abid

Development of Individual  Plan
Overall evaluation and experience sharing

  • Activity Plan
  • Budget Preparation
  • Sharing with larger group
  • Individual Sharing
  • Questionnaire

Samson Salamat
KomalPatras

 

 

 

Facilitators:

  • Mr. Samson Salamat, Director Centre for Human Rights Education- Pakistan
  • Mr. Jami Chandio, Executive Director, CPCS- Hyderabad
  • Ms. Ayesha Rao, Monitoring and Evaluation Office, SPO- Lahore
  • Ms. AimaMehmood, Executive Director, Working Women Organization- Lahore
  • Mr. Irfan Mufti, Deputy Director, SAP- Pakistan
  • Mr. IftikharMubarik, Convenor, Children Advocacy Network

Resource Persons/ Speakers: 

  • Mian Imran Masood (Secretary Information PML-Q)
  • Mr. Raja Amir (Secretary Information PPP- Punjab)
  • Ms. Shunila Ruth (MPA- PTI)
  • Mr. Farooq Tariq (General Secretary, Awami Workers Party)
  • Mr. Jami Chandio (Executive Director )
  • Mr. Hassan JaffarZaidi (Chairman, IdaraMutala-e-Tarikh)

 

Comments & Feedback

Dear CHRE Team
As a participant of the PCDHR course, I would like to acknowledge the following:

Syllabus:
The design and layout of the syllabus was not only comprehensive but also comprehendible, as most of the participants lacked theoretical background in Human Rights, international instruments of Human Rights, and UN structure and related aspects. So, it was a wonderful opportunity for those who really want to make a difference through performance and innovation.

Technical/Training expertise:
The selection of the trainers/facilitators was very good. All of the Trainers knew their contents quite well. They answered our questions to a satisfactory level and they were all open to accepting the flexibility and difference of the various backgrounds the participants belonged to. This openness added value to the interactive sessions that took place during all the modules. I also understand the limitations or, to be precise, CHALLENGE of time management. Since the field of Human Rights management is a whole world of knowledge and cannot be summarized in a nutshell without leaving a lot of valuable information. Considering this fact, the time management skills of the Trainers were at par with the content quality, hence at their best!

Design of the course:
The design of the course was very interesting, particularly where the participants were allowed to go in the fields, collect data and information, and then finally share them with the relevant line departments and the political representatives. I think that was the most remarkable component of the whole training. I would like to have a module on advocacy and advocacy tools added to the second part of the PCDHR. I think it would add the Spirit of Activism to the whole concept.

Monitoring & Evaluation Methodologies of the course:
The M&E methodologies put into practice during this session were also very good. The indicators set against those methodologies were relevant and reliable. All the forms ensured to not only measure the change of knowledge but also to identify the gaps in the content and the delivery of the content. The only gap that I found in the M&E methodology was that no indicator was set to measure the impact of different tools of teaching. For instance, there could be a question that would inquire about our preferences for the type of teaching tools like lectures, role-plays, group work/discussion, etc. As this indicator would have helped the project design team to come up with more innovation in the future. So, my argument here is that an indicator should be included in the M&E methodologies that would also determine the strength of a specific teaching tool for a specific module. In addition, some closed-end questioning techniques could also be utilized in the evaluation forms.

Environment of the course:
The environment of the course as well as of the institute and its management was very respectful, open, and cooperative. I would especially like to acknowledge the level of personal interaction of the staff and the participants. This environment had a twin effect. On the one hand, It pulled shy participants out of their cozy comfort zones and pushed them to share their opinions, ideas, and recommendations. On the other hand, it created a comfort zone for those (in this case I am the one) who were overzealous and worried to their bones lest they offend someone with their extrovert personalities. So it was a balanced environment, creative enough to learn, and disciplined appropriately to tame!

On behalf of the Society for Sustainable Development:
I, along with, my team here, are all appreciative of the Value system and Discipline that is being practiced at your institute/organization. I believe this practice also reflects the dedication of the individuals engaged in this endeavor.

At the end, I would once again thank the junior / senior staff, the facilitators/trainers, and the whole team working behind curtains for giving us this opportunity, which would have lasting impact not only on our personal professional growth but also on the performance of the organization/system we belong to.

Nighat Anwar
Society for Sustainable Development

Bagh, AJK

 

Profile of the Participants of 6th Participatory Course on Democracy and Human Rights (PCDHR)

Sr.

Name

City

Organization

Email

1.

Nisar Ahmed

Jacobabad

Peace By You

nisarag@gmail.com

2.

Said Hamid

Dir Lower

Mercy Hands

saidhamidkhan@gmail.com

3.

Nariman Bisma

Peshawar

NDI Pakistan

bisma.bangash@gmail.com

4.

Niaz Ahmed Khoso

Kashmore

Teacher

ahmedniaz64@gmail.com

5.

Hammal Khan

Turbat

Student

hammaldashti@hotmail.com

6.

Nosheen Raza

Karachi

Sociology Department University of Karachi

nosheenrazakhan@yahoo.com

7.

GirdhariLal

Umerkot

Student

lalgirdhari@hotmail.com

8.

Zahid Ali

Daharki

Shadow Human Development organization

zahidbhangar@gmail.com

9.

NaqeebUllah

Loralai

Traqee Foundation

naqeeb2011@gmail.com

10.

SumairaRiaz

Rawalpindi

Student

srriazkhan847@gmail.com

11.

Nighat Anwar

Islamabad

Society for sustainable Development

nighat.anwar@ssd.com.pk

12.

Shoukat Shah

Noshki

Student

aghashoukat143@gmail.com

13.

Maryam Amjad Khan

Multan

Awaz Foundation Pakistan

maryam.amjad@awazcds.org.pk

14.

Sarfraz Ali

Mirpurkhas

Student

sarfraz.ali72@yahoo.com

15.

Muhammad AsifNadeem

Toba take singh

journalist

asifnadeem.media@gmail.com

16.

HannanGulDurrani

Rawalpindi

PTV Islamabad Journalist

hannandurrani@live.com

17.

AroomaShahzad

Lahore

Sangat Development Foundation

arooma.shahzad@gmail.com

18.

HammadNaeem

Peshawar

HEISAR welfare organization

hamadnaeem100@yahoo.com

19.

Sidra TulMuntha

Karachi

Radio Pakistan Karachi

haiderkamran614@yahoo.com

20.

RanaYasirNadeem

Faisalabad

Bechon Foundation

ranayasir@beaconpk.org

21.

IqraTufail

Kasur

Ittehad Foundation

shahzadin7@gmail.com

22.

SadiaKamali

RenalaKhurd

 

gksmra@gmail.com

23.

Lal Chand

Mithi

Student

lalchand.parwani@gmail.com

24.

Harish Chandar Meghwar

Mithi

Student

harishsoftware@gmail.com

25.

RafiaFazilBhatti

Lahore

Student