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HREA Distance Learning Programme - Courses on Children's Rights

HREA offers self-directed e-courses, tutored e-learning courses and training workshops for human rights defenders and educators, development and humanitarian workers, staff members of social justice organisations, international and inter-governmental organisations, law enforcement officials and legal and media professionals.

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) still have a few places available in HREA's 6-week facilitated e-learning courses on Child Protection and Education in Emergencies that begin on 30 October. Please find more details about the courses below.


Child Protection (30 October-10 December 2013)

This e-learning course aims to equip professionals with a basic understanding of the key issues pertaining to child protection and safeguarding. It is designed primarily for staff who hold responsibilities for child safeguarding within their organisations and aims to provide them with the knowledge and skills to enable them to strengthen, develop and implement protection measures to keep their organisations safe for children. Participants will reflect on the nature of childhood and perspectives on children, explore the prevalence of and effects of violence, child abuse and neglect on children, gain an understanding of the child rights framework for child protection and safeguarding and examine the necessity for child safeguarding systems and the core components of child protection and safeguarding policies.

Course outline

Week 1: Introduction to child protection and safeguarding
Week 2: The child rights framework
Week 3: Examining protection, risks and issues for children
Week 4: Child abuse and child protection within an international context
Week 5: Child protection practices and safeguarding in organisations
Week 6: Action planning for implementation  

For more detailed information and online registration, please visit:

Education in Emergencies (30 October-10 December 2013)

This e-learning course introduces staff members of (international) development agencies and NGOs to the legal frameworks protecting and governing education in emergencies. More than half the world's permanently out-of-school children live in areas affected by emergencies, either natural disasters or armed conflict. Many more become temporarily affected when an emergency strikes or they face entire childhoods in refugee camps. All are protected by a special combination of human rights, refugee, criminal and humanitarian law, spelling out how to prevent attacks, discrimination and violations of education, and clearly stipulating who are the duty-bearers, what mechanisms for re-dress exists and how education must look in an emergency response.

Course outline

Week 1. The dangers to education, learners and facilities in different types of emergencies: armed conflict, complex emergencies, and natural disasters.
Week 2. The protection of education under different legal regimes: human rights, humanitarian, criminal and refugee law
Week 3. Remedies, mechanisms, and monitoring
Week 4. The wider response of the international community: INEE, the Education Cluster system, UN and NGOs
Week 5. Most vulnerable groups affected by emergencies and links to poverty and development
Week 6. Case study (a country or an organisation): how to use the legal frameworks governing education in emergencies for advocacy

For more detailed information and online registration, please visit:  
For a listing of all upcoming HREA e-learning courses and workshops related to children and children's rights, please visit:


- The Right to Education (29 January-11 March 2014)


- Child Rights Programming (5 February-22 April 2014)


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Published Oct. 24, 2013 12:21 PM - Last modified Oct. 24, 2013 12:21 PM