The first South Asia Short Course on Refugee Rights and Advocacy took place from 4–8 June 2018 in Bengaluru, India. Organised in partnership with the Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Education, Jain University, Bangalore, this was the first APRRN short course to be held in South Asia. The course aimed to strengthen participants’ capacity and knowledge in advocating for the rights of refugees in the region with a specific focus on the South Asia sub-region.
16 participants from 8 countries across the region took part in the week-long course – which included NGO workers, academics, refugee lawyers, journalists, policy advocates, UNHCR representatives and refugees themselves. Dr. Gopal Krishna Siwakoti, from INHURED International, Nepal and member of the APRRN Steering Committee, and Caroline Stover, from the Centre for Asylum Protection in Thailand and Deputy Chair Legal Aid and Advocacy Working Group served as the key resource people for the course. Additional sessions were run by Dr, Sandeep Shastri, Dr. Priyanca Mathur Velath, Mr Gladston Xavier, Ms. Florina Xavier, Ms. Ipshita Sengupta, Bhaktimayi Nair, Evan Jones and Matt Potts.
The course used an interdisciplinary approach, covering refugee rights and advocacy from a variety of angles but aiming primarily to increase participant knowledge of international refugee protection frameworks, advocacy strategies and approaches. The course utilised a number of teaching and learning approaches such as case studies, lectures and group work. Overall, it aimed to be interactive and encourage participant input for mutual learning and exchange.
The Short Course Report can be found here.