By Ali Mashraf
Empowerment Through Law of the Common People (ELCOP) is a voluntary, non-profitable, non-political, non-governmental human rights education, research, and training organization dedicated to the common people of Bangladesh. It embraces communities for democracy, justice, and empowerment through action and participation.
This year, ELCOP, in collaboration with EMK Center, is introducing SPIYCE – Simulation Project for Integrating Youth and Community Empowerment (www.tinyurl.com/spiyce) for university students across all disciplines of Bangladesh. The project has been inspired by the Harvard Human Rights Program and its Director is a Harvard Law Graduate. It is going to take place from February-July in Dhaka.
The essential details of the project are provided below:
- 24 Students will be selected for the training from the pool of applicants. If you are a university student and are eager to be a part of SPIYCE, apply today; tinyurl.com/spiyceapplicationform.
- The selected participants will receive a two-day theoretical training program at the EMK Center from renowned human rights activists, lawyers, and staff members of international organization on how to interview victims of abuse, how to develop a fact-finding/investigation mission, how to write an international standard report worth sharing with the National Human Rights Commission, etc.
- Afterward, there will be a Simulation Program, i.e. a role-play activity where actors will pose as victims of abuse (e.g. think of a person who was beaten by the powerful goons of a local mob leader). The students will interview these victims. From the interview, they will try to put together the whole story of what actually happened.
- In the next phase, the students will travel to a community in Dhaka that may have faced such incidents amounting to potential human rights violation/abuse. They will interview real victims of abuse, connect various facts, find out the whole story and make a report on based on their findings from the interviews.
- From the report, the students will brainstorm how the community members can learn more about their rights so they can defend themselves and uphold their fundamental rights in the future.
- Finally, the students will go back, train the community members and build 10 leaders from the community members who will carry on the torch of knowledge.
Who should Apply for SPIYCE?
If you believe in facts and figures more than abstract theories, if you believe you can use your energy to serve the marginalized communities of Bangladesh, then this training is for YOU!
Moreover, this training will be useful for university students who aspire to be future
- Human Rights Defenders
- NGO Workers
- Field Researchers
- Community Mobilisers
- Investigative Journalists
What are the takeaways for the participants from SPIYCE?
The skills that the students will acquire by taking part in the SPIYCE project are –
- Victim interviewing
- Empathetic listening
- Applying hearing filters
- Tackling challenging situations and conflicting statements/findings
- Report writing to national and international authorities and watchdogs
- Designing awareness programs relevant to community needs
What will the participants give back to the community?
- Basic legal and human rights knowledge
- Ways to prevent potential human rights abuse
- Sensitize the community members about how one’s fundamental rights can be
- how the community can seek remedy through access to justice
The application timeline is from February 24 – March 05, 2019. To apply, please fill up this form: www.tinyurl.com/spiyceapplicationform.
This project will be implemented in two distinct phases. To know more about the timeline of the project, visit: https://tinyurl.com/spiycetentativetimeline.