The FORB Training of the Trainers course

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Why take the course?

There is an enormous need for trainers with competence in Freedom of Religion or Belief (FORB). In many parts of the world the situation for freedom of religion or belief is deteriorating. For positive change to happen, people from all walks of life need to know, understand and value their human rights and work for change.

The FORB Learning Platform’s online Training of the Trainers course seeks to equip you with the knowledge skills and tools you need to train others on freedom of religion or belief.

Through this course you can:

  • Develop your skills as a facilitator of  participatory interactive trainings.
  • Develop your knowledge of freedom of religion or belief as a human right and of the relationship between this right and other issues of concern (eg development, gender).
  • Find lots of useful tools to use as you plan, run and evaluate trainings on freedom of religion or belief. ​

Who can apply?

The course is open to staff and volunteers from any organization involved in providing training on FORB. Demand for course places is high. Priority in the allocation of places is given to organisations linked to the FORB learning platform (e.g. partners to the FORB learning platform or to NORFORB members) and to participants from contexts with severe violations of the right. We endeavour to choose participant groups with geographic diversity, gender balance and a diverse range of religious and belief backgrounds.

You will not be allocated a place unless you are actively planning to work with training and awareness raising activities on FORB. If you are looking for a course that can develop your knowledge on FORB as a topic please see our online, on-demand ‘FORB for all’ and ‘FORB and gender’ course.

Course contents

The course includes weekly online workshops, digital modules to work through and practical assignments such as developing learning objectives for a training and doing an analysis of FORB in your context. Although this is an online course it is a group course and you will be expected to participate actively in the weekly online workshops.

Application form

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The course is currently available in English (register on this site using the above link) and in Arabic, with contents adapted for the Middle East and North Africa region. More information about the Arabic course can be found on our partner Adyan Foundation’s website.

Course dates

The course is given each spring and autumn for groups of around 23 participants. Dates and application deadlines are announced on this site and in our newsletter around December and June every year. The autumn 2023 cohorts are full, but you can apply at any point in time for future courses.

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The course has helped me tremendously! It is well designed with a very good structure and attractive content, so it’s really easy to follow.

Desi Hanara

ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights, Indonesia

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