The wider objective of the project Diploma Public Policy and Child Rights
(DPPCR) is to promote a culture in Jordan and Egypt where children’s rights are
respected, protected and fulfilled through improved policies and practices. The
first specific objective is to build a cadre of practitioners working with and
for children that are effectively using their skills and knowledge to influence
adequately funded, evidence-based and child rights oriented public policies,
programs and practices.
The second specific objective is to ensure that by the end of the project four
universities in Jordan and Egypt will offer a diploma in child rights and public
policy that bridges academic teaching and research to inform evidence-based
policies and practice.
To reach these objectives, the consortium of European and Arab
universities *1 will engage in the development of course contents for face to
face and blended learning during the first year of DPPCR's implementation.
In order to generate evidence and create learning material reflecting the
situation in each one of the partner countries, the project partners will
engage in participatory development of learning materials, small research
workshops and international student programs.
The implementation of the diploma will start in October 2010 and will be
accompanied by instructors' exchanges allowing students from partner
universities to profit from international expertise and intercultural learning
settings. The diploma program will be institutionalized in the four partner
universities from the start. This ensures ongoing teaching of the course beyond
the project's lifetime. In the second year of DPPCR international student
seminars and research workshops will take place. These will be continued through
2012. In the last year of implementation the process of setting up the diploma
and its first results will be assessed.
The result of the assessment will be published online and in printed materials
and will be available to the interested public. The idea of this activity is to
promote good practice in higher education reform and show strengths and
weaknesses of the project proposal. Throughout the project's lifetime, the
consortium will liaise and network with different stakeholders in the field of
children's rights, health, development cooperation and other important sectors
for the project.
The aim is to set up strong cooperation that will continue as working
relationships beyond 2012. Through these networks, a website, and by other
means, the consortium will disseminate knowledge about the diploma course,
research results and the project in general. Accompanying the diploma
development, instructor's trainings on blended learning and the transfer of
evidence into practice will be offered for lecturers from partner country
Jordan University; Egypt: Cairo University, Assiut University; European Union:
Freie University of Berlin; Bristol University in UK; Maastricht University, and
Erasmus Rotterdam in Netherlands; a number of civil organizations in European
Union and with cooperation of offices of UNICEF in Cairo and Jordan