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TRAINING COURSE FOR VOLUNTEERS OF IHRC

 
The Volunteer Training Department has started operating within the IHRC Academy of Diplomacy. The Dean of the Faculty is Prof. h.c. OFMCap. Grzegorz Badziąg, IHRC Commissioner and NVC SMM IHRC Poland.


 
The Training Course for Volunteers of IHRC was included in the first program of the Faculty. The following courses are under preparation:
 
• Human trafficking;
 
• Population immigration;
 
• 21st century emigrant.
 
 
The Training Course for Volunteers of IHRC includes:
 
1. Pedagogic innovation entitled .: “My and your rights in today’s world amidst cultural, social and interpersonal changes” - ended with obtaining IHRC First Grade Volunteer qualifications.
 
2. Pedagogic innovation entitled .: “Election, the holiday of democracy” - granting IHRC Observer qualifications after completion.
 
3. Pedagogic innovation entitled .: “Exploring Humanitarian Law - first grade edition” - granting IHRC Delegate qualifications after completion.
 
4. Pedagogic innovation entitled .: “Exploring Humanitarian Law - second grade edition” - granting IHRC Senior Delegate qualifications after completion.
 
Classes are conducted on an e-school basis, making them available to all willing SMM IHRC Volunteers worldwide, without any exceptions. It is also important that the courses are conducted individually for everyone. This means that they can be started at any time and carried out at their own pace. Completion of each level of the course will be certified with an appropriate certificate. The Training Course for Volunteers of IHRC will be a resource for all IHRC Coordinators. In order to properly organize the work of IHRC structures, provide meaningful humanitarian aid and strengthen one's own position and position of IHRC locally and supra-locally, it is necessary to know about human rights, conflicts, organization of power structures as well as principles of action and cooperation in the actual state of conflict.
 
A detailed description of the scope of the training can be found below. Over time, it will be imperative that you complete your courses at the appropriate level in order to hold a position within IHRC.
 
Completion of the training at a minimum at level
 
I - it will be required for the ZVC function,
 
II - for the RVC function,
 
III - for NVC function
 
IV - for the MNVC and the SMM IHRC Commissioner functions.

 
All SMM IHRC Coordinators must have completed a minimum of Level 1 training by October 1, 2022. We hope that people holding senior positions will quickly advance to the next level of knowledge. Please be advised that it is not possible to complete the course levels in a different order than presented.
 
Training costs are as follows:
 
Level 1 - USD 40,-
 
Level 2 - USD 30,-
 
Level 3 - USD 40,-
 
Level 4 - USD 50,-
 
Course fees are paid in full to your IHRC account when you enroll in the course.
 
 
TRAINING COURSE
 
FOR VOLUNTEERS OF IHRC
 
 
General information:
All the courses take place between the first of September 2020 and the 31 of August 2021, at any time during that period. There are 4 grades in total, and moving up two grades at a time is not allowed. For instance, getting promoted immediately from the first grade to the third. The contents of the course are protected under the copyright law. Copying and publishing any of their component parts is strictly forbidden. The participant has to cover all of the costs connected with the work of the assistants of the IHRC who will be conducting the course. The course has an international character, that is to say, only volunteers who have been admitted to the International Human Rights Organisation (IHRC). It is fully recognised and certified by the organisation and a school in Poland as a pedagogic innovation.
 

Course levels:

 
1.  IHRC First Grade Volunteer
 
The course includes 10 lessons. From the second lesson up to the eighth one, the participant is obliged to answer the questions they are to be given towards the end of the lesson. Moreover, at the end of the course, one is also required to write a dissertation about a human right related topic chosen by the reviewer.
         
Subject list:
            
1.      Organisation meeting. Introduction to the plan of the course, as   well as general and specific goals.
            
2.      Antidiscrimination education & diplomatic ceremonies; the   ethics – good manners, part 1
            
3.      The beginning of adventure with the topic of antidiscrimination   education & diplomatic ceremonies; the ethics – good manners, part 2
            
4.      Education – prevention of discrimination & diplomatic   ceremony, containing concepts and principles of good manners, part 1.
            
5.      Stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination & diplomatic   ceremony, containing concepts and principles of good manners, part 2.
            
6.      Human rights & diplomatic mission, ambassador, the leader of   diplomatic mission and personnel
            
7.       Children’s rights &   the most vital legal clauses & standing diplomatic missions.
            
8.      The relation between global education and antidiscrimination   & ranks of diplomatic mission leaders.
            
9.      Situation coverage – for instance, in Poland – does   discrimination occur in Polish schools? & the role of ambassador.
            
10.   Summarising the course and evaluation in the form of filling in   a survey & information about other leaders of diplomatic missions and   their personnel.
       
After having finished the course, the attendee will possess the following competences:
 
  Has knowledge about discrimination, viz, is able to teach respect for other people in general, including different cultures and variety, by experience, communication, collaboration and critical thinking.
 
  Is able to take action against discrimination based on the human rights convention.
 
   Is familiar with modern stereotypes, prejudices, and forms of discrimination.
 
  Knows all the important ONZ legal clauses respecting human rights and basic rights of freedom.
 
   Understands the need for educating other people about discrimination.

 
2.   IHRC International Observer – it is a volunteer who already has knowledge concerning electoral law, for instance, parliamentary or presidential election.
 
The course includes 6 lessons. From the second lesson up to the fifth one, the participant is obliged to answer the questions they are to be given towards the end of the lesson. Moreover, at the end of the course, one is also required to write a dissertation about a human right related topic chosen by the reviewer.
         
Subject list:
            
1.    Organisation meeting.   Introduction to the plan of the course, as well as general and specific   goals.
            
2.    Electoral Law, organising an   observation action, observers’ code of conduct.
            
3.    Preparation of electoral   offices, voting, establishing the results.
            
4.    The outcome of the   observation action, electoral prostest.
            
5.    Electoral protest, control   list, sample forms and personal ids of observers.
            
6.    Summarising the course and   evaluation in the form of filling in a survey.
       
Upon the completion of the course, the volunteer possesses the following competences:
 
   Knows all the international rules and procedures connected with the works of observers.
 
 
3. IHRC Delegate
 
Training course covers 10 subjects. From subject 2 to subject 8 – training participant is obligated to provide an answer to the question at the end of subject. At the end of training course participant must write a short essay on the subject IHL (International Humanitarian Law) in a strictly defined topic by reviewer.

         
Subject list:
            
Subject   1: Organizational classes. Presentation of the schedule and general and   specific goals.
            
Subject   2: What random witness can do,
            
Subject   3: Analysis of humanitarian behaviour,
            
Subject   4: The random witness dilemma,
            
Subject   5: Limiting the war damages,
            
Subject   6: Issues that require special attention: Child Soldiers,
            
Subject   7: Identifying violations of IHL,
            
Subject   8: Basics and possibilities for dealing with violations of IHL,
            
Subject   9: Needs resulting from war damages,
            
Subject   10: Summary of the classes and their evaluation in the form of a   questionnaire.
 
After completing the training voluntary has the following competences:
 
⮚      Knows how random witness can influence the actions of other people,
 
⮚      Learned about examples of situations of violence in which random witnesses took action to protect life or human dignity,
 
⮚      Learned and made an analyse the concepts of humanitarian behaviour,
 
⮚      Learned how social pressure influences human behaviour in situations where the life or dignity of another person is at risk,
 
⮚      Developed the skills to recognize humanitarian behaviour in media and in everyday life,
 
⮚      Learned the complexity of the situation in which an accidental witness finds himself, who observes that someone's life or dignity is at risk,
 
⮚      Has the ability to analyse dilemmas during armed conflicts,
 
⮚      Learned why certain rules should apply during an armed conflict,
 
⮚      Learned how IHL and human rights complement each other,
 
⮚      Learned and understand some of the basic principles of IHL,
 
⮚      Acquired knowledge of the range of practices related to recruiting and exploiting boys and girls in war and consequences of these practices,
 
⮚      Acquired the need to establish a minimum age for the recruitment and use of children in war,
 
⮚      Has the ability to intervene in both IHL and the human rights laws prohibiting the recruitment and use of children under the age of 15 in armed conflict, and that many countries have formally adopted a new law increasing this minimum age to 18,
 
⮚      Has the ability to identify violations of IHL in an armed conflict,
 
⮚      has the ability to understand how to take - or disregard- violations of international humanitarian law may affect the welfare of society after armed conflicts,
 
⮚      has the ability to learn about possible ways of dealing with violations of IHL,
 
⮚      can understand how war has a negative impact on the availability of basic systems and amenities necessary for life,
 
⮚      knows what the scope of humanitarian action is necessary to prevent suffering and reduce the suffering caused by armed conflict.
 
 
4. IHRC Senior Delegate.
 
The training covers 13 topics. From topic 2 to 12 - the training participant is obliged to answer the questions posed to him at the end of the topic. At the end of the training the participant must write a short essay on IHL (Interanion of humanitarian law) in a specific topic by the reviewer.
         
Subject list:
            
Subject   1. Organizational classes.   Presentation of the schedule and general and specific goals.
            
Subject   2. Armed Conflict restrictions / codes of behaviour and traditions.
            
Subject   3. Restrictions on armed conflict / Weapons.
            
Subject   4. Armed Conflict restrictions / wide access to weapons.
            
Subject   5. Law in practice / from the perspective of combatants (fighting persons).
            
Subject   6. Law in practice / Who is responsible for compliance with International   Humanitarian Law.
            
Subject   7. Law in practice / Case study in My Lai - causes of the tragedy
            
Subject   8. Procedure in the event of violations / possible legal action.
            
Subject   9. Procedure in the event of violations / possible non-legal action.
            
Subject   10. Responding to the consequences of an armed conflict / planning a transit   camp for displaced persons due to an armed conflict.
            
Subject   11. Responding to the consequences of armed conflict / issues for special   attention: protection of prisoners of war.
            
Subject   12. Responding to the consequences of armed conflict / issues requiring   special attention: re-establishing contact between family members.
            
Subject   13. Responding to the consequences of armed conflict / humanitarian ethics.   Summary of classes and their evaluation in the form of a questionnaire.
 
After completing the training voluntary has the following competences:
 
⮚      knows that in many parts of the world and over many different historical periods, people have created codes and followed tradition to limit the destruction of war,
 
⮚      learned some of the written and unwritten requirements and prohibitions from history regarding war restrictions,
 
⮚      knows the relationship between the realities of war and the evolution of humanitarian norms in the world,
 
⮚      knows what non-discriminating weapons and weapons that cause unnecessary suffering are and is able to analyse selected examples in this field,
 
⮚      understand why there are restrictions on the use of certain types of weapons in war,
 
⮚      knows the rules of IHL regarding weapons,
 
⮚      knows how public opinion can contribute to the development of IHL,
 
⮚      understand that small arms and light weapons are one of the most serious threats to civilians in an armed conflict,
 
⮚      knows how easy access to many different groups of weapons and ammunition makes it difficult to properly respect the principles of IHL,
 
⮚      understand that governments are responsible for limiting the availability of weapons,
 
⮚      knows examples of actions that can be taken at the local, national and international level to limit uncontrolled access to weapons and the misuse of weapons,
 
⮚      have the ability to recognize dilemmas that may arise in relation to IHL on the battlefield,
 
⮚      understand the difficulties in complying with IHL when the distinction between civilians and soldiers is ambiguous
 
⮚      knows who is responsible for ensuring compliance with the principles of IHL and assessing the fulfilment of this responsibility,
 
⮚      learned about the factors that could have contributed to violations of IHL
 
⮚      knows the dilemmas that soldiers forced to make "right" choices on the battlefield may face, emphasizing a different dimension of responsibility in relation to commanders and soldiers in the face of violating the rules of IHL,
 
⮚      understands that states must bring people who are responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law to trial, irrespective of the nationality of the perpetrator or victim, or where the crime was committed,
 
⮚      understand the different methods of judicial treatment of war crimes (national, international, hybrid courts) and all the ways of proceeding complement each other and all contribute to the international community's efforts to bring war criminals to justice
 
⮚      understands selected out-of-court methods of dealing with violations of IHL and is able to apply them,
 
⮚      is able to take action against - victims, perpetrators and the whole society - in order to build a peaceful future as a result of violation of international humanitarian law and human rights,
 
⮚      learned some of the advantages and limitations of the so-called out-of-court methods,
 
⮚      understand how war negatively affects the availability of basic systems and amenities necessary for life,
 
⮚      knows the extent to which humanitarian actions are necessary to prevent suffering and reduce suffering caused by armed conflict,
 
⮚      understands in what people expelled from their homes could find themselves,
 
⮚      learned about some aspects of the support and protection that may be needed by people who are forced to flee their homes as a result of armed conflict
 
⮚      he realized the scale of the efforts required to meet the human needs resulting from displacement following armed conflict
 
⮚      understand the role of humanitarian law in the aspect of protecting the life and human dignity of those imprisoned in refugee camps or prisons,
 
⮚      understand the dilemmas faced by humanitarian workers who help prisoners or detainees,
 
⮚      knows the problems of families separated by war,
 
⮚      knows the scale of the efforts necessary to restore and maintain ties between separated family members
 
⮚      understand that the principles of humanity and impartiality guide all humanitarian behaviour,
 
⮚      be aware that the IHRC's activities are characterized by two additional principles - the principle of neutrality and the principle of independence,
 
⮚      understand the nature of the dilemmas that humanitarian workers face in their work.
 
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