Alumni meetings for PTP participants

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights (RWI) working with the Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR) held Alumni Network Meetings for participants of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Professional Training Programme (PTP) in Harare, Zimbabwe.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the alumni meetings were staggered with the initial two meetings held on the 24th and 25th of November 2020, and the final two on the 30th of November and the 1st of December 2020.

Participants for the meetings were drawn from different PTPs held by the RWI, working in partnership with CALR, from 2016 to date. They are designed to provide participants with a platform to share how they are using the knowledge and skills gained from the PTPs’ on human rights training in discharging their duties. In this way, participants from different PTPs’ can share ways and strategies which can enable other participants to do more in incorporating the best human rights standards and approaches in their work. These meetings further grant alumni members opportunities to find areas where they can engage and network with fellow RWI participants.

The alumni meetings also included training sessions on topics such as human rights and COVID-19, participants shared their experiences with the rest of the alumni members. As networking is at the core of the PTP, the meetings acted in of themselves facilitate and ensure the creation of further networks between attendees.

Participants for the PTPs are drawn from academia; civil society organisations; government ministries and departments; traditional and community leaders; members from the independent commissions; serving members from the uniformed forces such as the police, prisons and correctional services; media practitioners; residential associations and several disciplines across the country.