In their process of state building, Palestinians face a challenging task: they have to build the citizens before there is a functioning state. It is a difficult unique undertaking, yet it can be very rewarding as well. The course on Civics, Constitution & Human Rights will act as an important mean for capacity development by improving the participants’ understanding of democratic institutions and principles as well as empowering people for effective civic engagement. The course thus aims to equip citizens with the relevant knowledge and skills to participate in the decision-making processes that accompany and produce societal changes.
The seminar is designed for participants who work in governmental, private and NGO sectors and who would benefit from an opportunity to develop their civic education skills and knowledge, especially with regard to human rights and the required skills and attitudes to help in their defense. Normally, the applicant holds a BA degree or its equivalent. Applicants must be able to commit themselves full-time throughout the required period and to undertake preparatory reading and written work. A good knowledge of written and spoken English is essential.
Program Structure and Content
The seminar on Civics, Constitution & Human Rights is structured as follows:
Preparation. Prior to the seminar the selected participants will be provided with a reading package, which will enable them to become familiar with the course material. Each participant will be required to write a brief paper on a subject related to the seminar. The presentation of this paper will be an integral part of the program.
Intensive Seminar. During the five-day intensive seminar a fundamental background on the key issues, concepts and practice of Civics, Constitution & Human Rights will be established in an effort to improve the participants knowledge of civics and government, and to foster civic competence and responsibility.
Seminar Topics include:
Constitutional Democracy - Principles & Problems.
The Palestinian Constitution
History and Evolution of Human Rights
Human Rights and Constitutional Practice
Interaction between Human Rights, Development and Democratization
International Instruments of Human Rights
Specific Human Rights Issues
Human Rights Education
Human Rights Skills
Human Rights Activism
Conclusion. At the close of the seminar, certificates will be awarded by PASSIA to participants who successfully complete the program.
Completed application forms must be submitted to PASSIA by Tuesday, 22 November 2005. PASSIA will then invite short-listed applicants to interviews. Applicants will be notified of the results and, upon selection, participants will have to confirm their commitment to full-time participation in writing as well as submit a letter from their employers confirming that they will be exempted from work during the required period.
The PASSIA Seminar will take place from 17-21 December 2005 at the Best Eastern Hotel in RAMALLAH. All candidates must commit themselves to participate fully during the entire period.
No fees for undertaking the seminar are required from the participants.