Human Rights and Equality Training Workshop

January 9, 2017

Sixteen participants from across the services and counties of the Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board took part in a training workshop in the Waterford Training Centre on Human Right and Equality.

Organised by the Human Rights and Equality Working Group of WWETB: Sarah Lavan, Aine Whelan, (Community Education), Emma Tobin (Literacy), Miranda O ’Boulguidhir (Adult Education New Ross) and Martin Fitzgerald (Youth Officer), the event was facilitated by an independent trainer/facilitator, Collette O’Regan.

The event was designed to create an awareness of the issues for WWETB personnel who deliver the education and training programmes with the agency. It was an opportunity to explore how to make human rights and equality “real” for those participating. The process provides space to examine practice against a background of the need to be proactive about the promotion of Human Rights and Equality. This proactive approach is part of the requirement under the Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014 on public bodies to have ‘due regard’ to learner rights in the provision of service.

Senior management of WWETB also took part in a training workshop in June which developed a number of draft values that could inform the progressing of a Human Rights and Equality Policy and Statement. The values identified for further exploration were:
• Inclusion – getting people in and going out to people.
• Voice – having a say, the experience of people in the organisation.
• Recognising difference – responding to different needs, taking account of different identities.
• Justice – outcomes, what happens for people and groups of people.
• Respect – the experience of people in the organisation.

The WWETB Human Rights and Equality Working Group will now consider the reports after the two workshops and develop the next stage of the plan to promote a Human Rights and Equality informed approach to the work of the WWETB. For further information or to become involved, staff should contact Martin Fitzgerald (086 3858781 or martinfitzgerald@wwetb.ie) any member of the working group.

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