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A discussion as to how communication aids in human rights education. Presentation made possible by Amnesty International.

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    • Communications and HRE
    • The HR educator can do one or all of the following:
      • Provide/share knowledge about an issue,
      • Change behaviour and attitudes, and
      • Teach/develop skills
    • Effective Communication
      • Listening
      • Responding
      • Sender also a receiver
      • Shared development of ideas
      • Continuous
      • Sender and receiver arrives at a mutual agreement
    • To communicate information
      • Step 1: HR Educator identifies a purpose or aim for giving participants some information
      • Step 2: HR Educator decides how much or how little about the topic needs to be covered
      • Step 3: HR Educator designs how to package the message
    • To communicate information
      • Step 4: Participants interpret the information
      • Step 5: Participants attempt to form an understanding of the message
      • Step 6: HR Educator plans an activity to get feedback; clarify misunderstandings or respond to questions
    • Content
      • Universality and inalienability of human rights
      • Indivisibility of human rights
      • Human rights are interdependent and interrelated
      • Equality and non-discrimination
      • Participation and inclusion
      • Empowerment
      • Accountability and respect for the rule of law
    • Listening
      • It shows people that you value their experience and what they say
      • It encourages people to talk honestly and freely
      • It can help you identify areas where people agree or disagree, and helps you to think of solutions to these disagreements
    • Listening
      • We listen with our bodies as well as with our minds…
      • Face the speaker
      • Have an open posture
      • Lean towards the speaker
      • Relax
      • Listen to what is being said…
      • Listen for the central theme not just the “facts”
      • Keep an open mind
      • Analyze and evaluate
      • Don’t interrupt
    • Listening
      • Listen to how it is being said…
      • Non-verbal signs
      • Tone of voice
    • What prevents us from listening?
      • On-Off Listening : People think faster than they talk.
      • Prejudice Listening : There are words/phrases which cause people to stop listening.
      • Closed Mind Listening : Sometimes we decide too quickly that the person (or the subject) is boring, wrong, or not relevant, or that we know what they are going to say.
      • Distracted Listening: Noise, light, temperature, etc.
    • Giving a talk in a training session
      • There is something I want to present and share with you.
      • Message (there is something)
      • Credibility and sincerity (I)
      • Conviction, motivation and desire (want)
      • Goals and methods (to present and share)
      • Audience (with you)
    • Giving a talk in a training session
      • Structure the talk with a beginning, middle and an end
      • Use visual aids
      • Speak slowly and clearly, look at the participants
      • Vary the tone and pitch of the voice
      • Relevance of language with the audience
      • Do not use acronyms
      • Non-Verbal Communication
    • Facilitating
      • Keep the group focused
      • Listen more than talk
      • Gauge people’s learning abilities & adjusts
      • Recaps, make connections, summarizes
      • Ask frequently if there are questions
      • Don’t feel that you must be an expert
      • Flexible
      • Sense energy levels
    • More…
      • It’s okay to be nervous before a session.
      • There are no rules on how to lead a session. There are recommended procedures. Experiment.
      • There are exceptions to every rule. There are exceptions to every exception.
      • When you’re learning about methods, think about your own style and approach.
      • Be prepared for alternatives.
      • Be good to yourself. If you find you “have to do” the session, don’t think of it as a trial to endure.
      • Become a people watcher.
      • Work with and observe other HR educators.
      • You are also a learner.
      • Practice and prepare.
      More…
    • HRE
      • Is a deliberate, participatory practice aimed at empowering individuals, groups and communities through fostering knowledge, skills and attitudes consistent with internationally recognized human rights principles.  
      • As a medium to long-term process, human rights education seeks to develop and integrate people's cognitive, affective and attitudinal dimensions, including critical thinking, in relation to human rights. Its goal is to build a culture of respect for and action in the defence and promotion of human rights for all.