Akiba Uhaki Foundation partnership with the East Africa Human Rights Program (EAHRP)
The EAHRP is an annual regional training program targeting participants from East Africa countries. This annual two-week training session brings together over thirty (30) participants from the East African Human Rights community. The EAHRP provides a unique opportunity for human rights workers, defenders, activists and educators to deepen their understanding of human rights and the essential role of human rights education in effecting and sustaining social change. The goal of the program is to strengthen the capacity of human rights organizations and individuals to undertake human rights education efforts (e.g. training, civic awareness, campaigns, information dissemination and learning.
The program places a strong emphasis on the transfer of learning and on follow-up activities. Participants attending the program develop an Individual Action Plan for putting their learning into action as part of the training. Therefore, when submitting their application, both organizations and individuals nominated consider how the transfer of learning might take place within and beyond the organization after the program.
By the end of the EAHRP participants are able to:
Use a framework based on both regionally and internationally accepted human rights standards and principles to analyze the issues and situations encountered in the course of their work in organizations or the community.
Determine how to incorporate participatory methods and techniques into their human rights education work.
Indicate appropriate ways for putting their learning from the EAHRP into practice in the work of their organizations.
Identify opportunities for future collaborative and networking activities essential for furthering the cause of human rights.
Determine strategies for promoting gender equality, minority rights and disability rights in their human rights education work.
Employ a basic evaluation process for assessing the results of their human rights education work.
Akiba Uhaki Foundation partnered with East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) who hosted the East Africa Human Rights Education Program (EAHRP) during the 3rd EAHRP Training held in Tanzania in 2013. Akiba Uhaki Foundation sponsored 6 participants to attend the EAHRP training and in 2013 Akiba Uhaki Foundation also sponsored the EAHRP advanced training of Trainers of Trainers.
Ms. Muturi worked as Program Assistant at Akiba Uhaki Foundation, in this respect she is an alumnus staff of Akiba Uhaki Foundation. She was curious and passionate about agency, social justice and human rights. She has experience working with social movements as a volunteer and grant maker. She is also experienced in program design, implementation, proposal writing, and program implementation, budget management and report writing. Ms. Muturi exhibits a diplomatic way of solving professional challenges and has good relationship management skills.
Ms. Muturi was a lesbian for about 10 years of her life and was a lesbian activist and still has friends in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans-gender community though she no longer counts herself among them. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from the University of Nairobi and a Masters in Activism and Social Change from the University of Leeds. She worked in ICT for 8 years before changing her focus to activism and social justice. She enjoys learning and has sought spaces of learning, both formal and informal. Ms. Muturi enjoys working in, and seeks to understand better, all aspects of social justice and especially people’s role in it. She was interested in Human Rights as a way to Social Justice. She believes and knows that God is the change agent in the World and enjoys contributing and being used towards God’s move in people’s lives and in the World.
Ms Ann Gloria Njoki is the founder of Deaf Outreach Program, http://www.deafopkenya.org and she has a bachelors degree training in Community Development from Daystar University with experience in Human rights of persons with Disabilities. Over the years she has built her skills and capacity in the area of human rights, fund-raising and organizational development, she is passionate about inclusion of marginalized groups in the global, national and local development agenda.
Akiba Uhaki Foundation supported her very first work with the Deaf community in carrying out a baseline survey in Embu County to identify human rights and development issues of persons with hearing impairment and further built her capacity through offering her a fellowship opportunity to attend the 3rd East Africa Human Rights Education Program (EAHRP) through which she has been able to influence the development of Embu County public participation policy to include persons with disabilities. The grant support from Akiba Uhaki Foundation was the first seed funding for DEAF Outreach program.
She is a Development Communicator, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Development communication learning from Makerere University Uganda. She is currently working with Youth Plus Policy Network Uganda www.youthplusuganda.org a youth led organisation, as the Executive Director. The organisation is based in Kampala, East Africa and works on empowering young people and promoting their interests in development. With over 9 years experience of youth issue based activism, she has acquired skills in issue based research, policy research-analysis- communication- activism and campaigning; gender mainstreaming, leadership building through training and other capacity building ventures. She has a strong passion for the environment and has championed youth engagement in climate change discourses at community, national, regional and global levels.
“I have also benefited from the capacity building program that was funded by Akiba Uhaki where I acquired knowledge and skills in a number of areas which have improved my capacity in policy analysis, engaging local, regional and global policy processes using internationally agreed upon instruments and youth friendly learning models that ensure safe space for learning, sharing and critical thinking. After this training, I have been able to transfer my learning to my colleagues at organization level and other partner organizations that my organization works with. This has resulted into a formation of a critical mass of individuals and coalition that are aware of their rights; who have gone ahead to initiate programs and activities that are geared towards questioning systems, frameworks, policies and practices that support practices which affect the youth in a rather negative way”.
Mr. Njehu worked as Program Assistant in charge of Policy Advocacy at Akiba Uhaki Foundation, in this respect he is an alumnus staff of Akiba Uhaki Foundation. He holds Bachelor’s degree in Development studies (International Development) from Makerere University. He has vast experience in Policy research and Analysis in Economic Development issues particularly Trade issues. He is also experienced in research, capacity building and project monitoring and evaluation in respect to Multi country projects in Africa. Prior to joining Akiba Uhaki Foundation he worked with CUTS International, Africa Resource Center as Trade Officer in charge of Trade and Economic development Program. Currently he is serving at Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) www.khrc.or.ke as a Program Advisor in Trade Justice.
Mr. Diomede a Burundian holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Masters degree in Leadership and Management. He has been in the human rights movement for over 10 years and has served in different human rights organizations in Burundi in different capacities. He is currently serving as a Legal Representative of Burundi Coalition – an association of human rights organizations.
Mr. Mahoro is pursuing a Master of Education at the University of Rwanda. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature with Education from the University of Rwanda. He has over 6 years of experience as a civil society activist in the areas of Governance, Promotion of human rights, Peace building and NGO management. Eric worked as a radio presenter for 1 year and as a secondary school teacher for 2 years. He has been facilitating community debates and national and international conferences on human rights and peace building with Never Again Rwanda since 2010. Eric was a leader of the Rwanda delegations in a number of regional and international exchange programs on human rights, regional integration, pan Africanism, peace building among others. He completed a number of human rights courses with Akiba Uhaki Foundation namely the East African Human Rights program in Arusha, Tanzania in March 2013, the training of community trainers in human rights in Kampala, Uganda in November 2013 as well as the East African human rights and social justice camp held at Naivasha, Kenya February 2012. This experience has made Eric, a young leader of Civil Society act in promoting peace and human rights in Rwanda and building national and international networks as well. He is the one of the alumni of the international visitor leadership program of the United States department of state in January and February 2014. Currently Eric serves as the Director of Programs with Never Again Rwanda (www.neveragainrwanda.org ) and he was voted as the Secretary General of the Rwanda civil society platform in 2014.