22 April 2024

RTE has partnered with the Africa Early Childhood Network (AfECN) and Oxford Human Rights Hub to launch an online training, in English and French,  which will focus attention on monitoring and reporting on ECCE from a human rights perspective in Africa, with particular focus given to how to engage in advocacy with UN Treaty bodies. 

UN treaty bodies are committees of independent experts that monitor the implementation of the core international human rights treaties. Advocacy with UN treaty bodies requires comprehensive monitoring of ECCE rights through collecting and analysing disaggregated data based on human rights indicators and editing a report to be submitted to UN Treaty bodies. Therefore, this capacity-building training is conceptualised to equip partners from civil society organisations with knowledge and skills in monitoring ECCE rights and reporting to UN Treaty Bodies, especially to the Committee on the Rights of the Child.   

Objectives of the training

  • To critically analyse the issues and challenges related to ECCE rights from national, regional, and global perspectives 

  • To acquire knowledge and skills in monitoring ECCE rights

  • To exchange best practices on important dimensions of advocacy initiatives at the national level

  • To learn knowledge and skills for reporting and conducting advocacy with UN Treaty bodies

Topics to be covered in the training

The training is broadly classified into three main areas: 

Part I: Identifying issues and challenges in the realisation of ECCE rights (in a transforming world)

  1. Emerging issues and challenges in the realisation of ECCE rights: a global perspective

  2. Issues and challenges in realising ECCE rights: national/regional perspectives. 

Part II: Monitoring ECCE Rights: Key components of monitoring and advocacy from a human rights perspective

  1. Introduction to human rights monitoring: What, Why, and How

  2. Monitoring ECCE Rights: Choosing indicators and gathering data. 

  3. Glimpses of advocacy at different levels. 

Part III. Advocating with UN Treaty Bodies for the realisation of ECCE Rights

  1. Advocacy to UN Treaty Bodies: process and opportunities for civil Society.  

  2. Writing shadow reports to the UN Treaty Bodies. 

Training methodology 

The training will have both expert input sessions and a participatory process involving group interactions and an exchange of best practices.  Relevant resource materials, relevant indicators and monitoring tools will be shared with the participants. 

Logistical information 

  • Dates: 9 May, 16 May, 23 May 2024
  • Duration of sessions: 90 minutes
  • Time: 2:00 to 3:30 pm Nairobi / 12:00 to 1:30 pm London / 1:00 to 2:30 pm Paris
  • Where: Online – register here for zoom sessions