Edmund Rice International: ‘Acting Justly’ Programme
Edmund Rice International (ERI) is currently conducting a 10 week Zoom ‘Acting Justly’ Training programme that runs until mid-December. For two hours every Friday, participants explore human rights and advocacy using an interactive, participatory and practical approach. The training, being conducted in collaboration with Misean Cara, has attracted over 300 registered participants drawn from the Misean Cara network and from more than 35 countries. The presenters are ERI Team members and Advocacy partners working at the grassroots level as well as UN OHCHR and permanent Mission representatives.
Slide from Br Kevin Cawley’s presentation on Care of the Earth
Topics covered in the early sessions helped participants gain an understanding of the Spirituality of Advocacy, Human Rights and ‘Rights-based Advocacy’, Laudato Si and Care of the Earth. Later sessions have explored good practice and effective engagement with the UN especially the Human Rights Council, the UN Human Rights mechanisms and the Sustainable Development Goals both from a theoretical perspective as well as the practical experience of the Resource Presenters. The training sessions have included a creative mix of Presentations, ‘Breakout Rooms’ and Kahoot! quizzes to help participants integrate their learning with their current projects and ministries. Participants are also encouraged between sessions to set aside at least an hour a week to engage with the learning materials and keep a reflective training journal. A Certificate of Achievement signed by Misean Cara and ERI will be given to those who attend and engage with at least nine sessions of the training and complete an assignment based on integrating their learning with their project / ministry at the end of the training.
‘It is easier now to understand the UDHR, UPR and the UN structure and mechanisms. I am impressed with all the
presenters’ expertise and profound knowledge on the topics they shared’ - Sr. Lucy Aung - Good Shepherd, Myanmar
So far it has been an empowering learning experience both for participants and presenters!