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What is the structure of the educational program for the community adviser

The educational programme for the community advisers has been developed by the practical experts, including: 

  • Practitioners from the free legal aid system;
  • Representatives of the non-government organisations providing the legal aid and human rights defence NGOs;
  • Care workers and gender and anti-discrimination experts;
  • Mentors of the legal clinics.

The programme has been developed with account of the international experience in paralegal training and understanding of the strategic role of the community advisers: facilitation of the community and integration of services in the community.

The training programme includes there modules dedicated to different themes and supplementing each other. The last three days and a half. In between the modules, the participants do their homework, which is practical and structured so that the future advisers will expand the circle of their contacts in the community.

First Training Module
Human Rights

Upon completion of the module, the participants must gain basic knowledge of the concept of human rights and understand how to identify a violation of human rights and act in case of such violation.

Moreover, the participants will understand what discrimination is, what types it has, and develop budgeting skills and learn how to use the tools of influence on the authorities.

Basic knowledge on the most applicable legal issues for the communities, including protection of consumers’ rights, understanding of the circumstances and consequences of contracts, including loan and online sale and purchase ones, is gained by the programme participants online.

Second Training Module
Changes in the Community

The second themed module is used to master the package of tools that may be used to influence resolution of issues in the community. In particular, the themed units of the module include the one on how to find out which issues are of priority for the community, how to manage changes in the community, how to initiate and organise advocacy campaigns, how to communicate in the community, introduction of the recovery practices in the community, and development of the media literacy skills.

Third Training Module
Systemic Changes via Cooperation

The third themed module includes the community security, critical thinking, information security, counteraction to domestic violence as well as planning of the community activities for the nearest future.

The total number of training hours within three modules is
93 hours.

One of the key elements of the training programme is feedback at all the stages. 

It should be noted that training to be a community adviser is not obtaining a degree; it is mastering the tools that enable active citizens to influence resolution of issues in the community.

In general, starting from 2017:

  • 1,227 people have filed applications for participation in the training; 
  • 165 community advisers have been trained and received certificates;
  • 21 trainers and experts have been engaged into the training;
  • 7 educational groups have been gathered.

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