Amy Stapleton was selected to represent Association Mitrajectoires and our umbrella organization Voices of Young Refugees in Europe (VYRE) in the 2017 Training of Trainers in Human Rights Education. Running from June to December with online training and an intensive residential seminar, the aim of this programme was to build on the competences of experienced trainers to support them to successfully develop and implement training courses in human rights education, within their youth organisations. It also aimed to advocate for mainstreaming human rights education into youth work and policy.
The training had 36 participants from across Europe and Africa. The participants worked particularly with the 2012 Edition of the Compass Manual but also looked at the Compasito Manual. The training course started by examining the concepts of human rights and understanding human rights education, then looking at programme and activity design, project management and networking. The residential seminar aimed to develop the competences of each trainer specifically looking at developing trainings, different aspects of human right education activities, different target groups, creative methodologies etc. Finally, each member worked on developing a follow up project, supported by the Council of Europe Youth Department and the TOTHRE trainer team. Having reflected and given the opportunity to speak to various experts in the area of human rights education and youth work, the follow up projects were finalized.
For her follow up project, Amy aims to run a number of human rights education workshops with aged-out separated children and their peers in collaboration with Mitrajectoires in the North of France and in Ireland. She is currently working on finalizing a partnership in Ireland and developing the activities in France.