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Educational Programme 2005
 
Through an open call for applications, the Project Team, with the assistance of the Advisory Group, will select 20-25 participants from Eastern European countries for a year-long educational programme. This programme will combine 2 or 3 face-to-face workshops with 2 online learning phases; and skills training, study of diplomacy related topics, and individual and collaborative research.

Objectives

This programme has some broad general objectives: by the end of the programme, participants should:

  • use basic Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools (Internet, e-mail, databases, word processors) more effectively and appropriately in their daily work and study

  • work effectively and comfortably in a collaborative environment

  • speak persuasively and knowledgeably on Roma rights-related topics at the appropriate level for the audience (media representatives, other activists, government or international organisation officials, etc.)

  • interact confidently with state and international organisation representatives for the purpose of advocating Roma rights

  • be committed to maintaining and using in their daily work the network developed through this course, through an online knowledge sharing platform

  • have improved research skills, using both print and Internet resources effectively and appropriately in their work and study

  • have adequate writing skills to produce an academic research paper

Approach

The Roma Diplomacy programme will focus on skills training, an academic educational programme, and individual and collaborative research. In all aspects, we aim to promote collaborative learning, with the belief that practice in collaborative learning will lead to improved collaborative working skills. Research has also shown that collaborative learning offers a number of advantages: increased motivation, higher student satisfaction, improved social interaction and higher achievement compared to individual or competitive learning.

The knowledge which we aim to transmit through this course includes basic theory in the relevant fields and the experience of expert practitioners, but will leave room for the learners to reflect and critique, based on their own experience. The knowledge and experience of learners will be respected and incorporated throughout the course.

Methodology

The programme will include 2 to 3 face-to-face workshops and 2 online learning phases. The face-to-face workshops will focus on skills training, community building, learning from local experts, and practical study visits. The online learning phases will take place via the Internet, using Textus Learning, Diplo’s Internet-based online learning platform. Each week, participants will read selected materials and discuss them via hypertext, discussion forums, and live online sessions. Participants will also complete regular assignments and write final exams. Assignment and exam questions will emphasise integration and application of knowledge rather than simply reporting course materials. Teaching will be at a postgraduate university level.

Individual and collaborative research will be facilitated with the use of Textus Briefcases, an Internet-based knowledge management and sharing platform. Participants will use briefcases to collect, organise and share information on their topic, and as the basis for a written research paper to be submitted at the end of the programme.
 

Detailed Schedule

  Dates   Event/Topic
June 15, 2005 Deadline for applications
June 25, 2005 Applicants notified of acceptance
First Workshop: July 9 – 17, 2005, Bucharest
Mornings: Guest Lectures Lectures on topics related to Roma and human rights and diplomacy delivered by local and international experts in the field, including diplomats working in Bucharest, Romanian politicians, academics, Roma rights activists, and media experts. If facilities allow, some lectures will be open to the public and advertised locally, and the local diplomatic corps will be invited to attend and join discussion after the lectures.
Afternoons: Skills Development · Textus Learning Training sessions
· ICT Tools for Communication, Finding and Disseminating Information
· Academic Research and Writing Skills 
· European Institutions (Anti-Discrimination Legislation) 
· Negotiation Skills · Dealing with the Media
First Online Learning Phase (4 months)
Mid-August – Mid-September, 2005 Introduction to Diplomacy (definitions, basic theory, multilateral diplomacy) learning activities, online sessions and assignment
Mid-September – Mid-October, 2005 Language and Diplomacy/Public Diplomacy (analysis of diplomatic/political speech and documents, spin, ambiguity) learning activities, online sessions and assignment
Mid-October – Mid-November, 2005 Human Rights (definitions and theory, legislation, case studies from different places and peoples) learning activities, online sessions and assignment
Mid-November – Mid-December, 2005 Advocacy and Lobbying (tools, techniques, audience) learning activities, online sessions and assignment
Second Workshop: to be confirmed (Brussels)
Mid-December, 2005 · Practical visits to EU institutions
· Consultations and decision on individual research topics
Second Online Learning Phase (3.5 months)
January, 2006 Topic to be determined – learning activities, online sessions and assignment
End January, 2006 Final exams covering all topics
February-March, 2006 Research projects: collecting resources in briefcases
April 2006 Writing research papers
Final Workshop: to be confirmed (Geneva)
End of April 2006 · Practical visits to Human Rights Commission
· Discussion and direction for further cooperation and establishing the knowledge
  sharing platform


» Eligibility

Participants must: 

  • be currently working in the Roma rights field or in diplomacy or human rights, with a focus on Roma

  • hold an undergraduate university degree or have at least three years relevant work experience 

  • have sufficient command of English for postgraduate level study 

  • have unrestricted access to the Internet with Internet Explorer 6.00 or higher, from a computer running a Microsoft Windows operating system (please contact us for more details if you are in doubt about your level of access)

  • be prepared to commit to attending the 10 day workshop in Bucharest in July 2005 and at least 7 hours per week to online studies between August 2005 and April 2006 

Full funding (tuition, travel and accommodation for workshops) is available for 20 – 25 participants. Preference for funding will be given to Roma applicants in the 25 – 35 year age group, to female applicants, and to applicants from Eastern Europe. If you (or your organisation) are prepared to cover your own tuition, travel and accommodation expenses please contact us by e-mail.

Participants who successfully complete the programme will receive a postgraduate level certificate from DiploFoundation, a leading provider of diplomatic training worldwide.

The Roma Diplomacy programme is now underway. We are not currently accepting applications. To be informed when new opportunities become available please sign up for DiploNews (from www.diplomacy.edu) or return to this page for updates.
 

 
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