Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC) through its Executive Director, Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface that participated in the Global Rights Connection (GRC) Program of Equitas, Canada commences the implementation of the Individual Plan which entails stepping down the learning from the program.                   (Cross section of staff and Board of Trustees members during the step-down training)

The training program which held on Monday, January 28, 2022 at its head office in Port Harcourt was to step down the human rights training program from Equitas to other members of staff and the Board of the organization. Knowledge from the training is expected to improve the organization’s human rights work on incremental basis backed by qualitative training materials and educational experiences from the Equitas’ GRC training program.

Speaking during the training session, Mr. Fyneface introduced and trained the organization participants on different human rights instruments, principles and values among which are the Human Rights-Based approach, Participatory approach to human rights education, the concept of leaving no one behind, etc. Participants also learned about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations human rights systems and human rights development process and system approach to human rights education among others. Reacting to the training, Helen Ayes, YEAC’s Communications assistant asked to know more about “synchronous and asynchronous” as used by the Executive Director to describe how the training was organized by Equitas. Responding, Fyneface said while trainees or students do not need to meet in real time but study from pre-recorded videos, training materials and do assignments at their own pace in asynchronous session, the synchronous entails the use of live videos for real-time learning were both students/trainees and lecturers meeting to share ideas, ask questions and learn.                         (Helen Ayes asking contributing and asking her questions during the session)

The new knowledge, innovation and skilled learned from the program improved the capacity of staff and board members to contribute and increase the overall human rights advocacy work of the organization. The training rekindled the culture of human rights and motivated participants to do move having learned about the system approach that preaches collaboration and linkages for social change and instillation of a culture of human rights with potentialities to improve ongoing human rights advocacy efforts.

Three BoT Members and five staff participated in the training session.