General Information of Leaders' Course in 2005

Target Countries : Indonesia, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, China, Bangladesh, Tonga, Dominican Republic, Peru, Palestine, Tunisia, Swaziland

Since its establishment, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been facilitating development of various capacities in partner countries as one of implementing bodies of the official development assistance program of the Government of Japan. While JICA organizes a variety of technical cooperation programs, its training and dialogue programs offer opportunity to those organizations of partner countries which intend to enhance knowledge or skill of key personnel with strategic assignments or trainers who would train others. Besides those human capacities development, the program could meet needs of those organizations which intend to enhance their own organizational capacities through improvement of rules and regulation as well as social capacities through reform of policies and institutions under their jurisdiction. In each program, participants dispatched by their respective organizations would be exposed to practical knowledge and experiences of leading organizations and individuals in Japan through a series of lectures, workshops and site visits. They also have a chance to share knowledge and experiences with participants from other countries. As a result, each organization is expected to acquire or create knowledge which would be subsequently put into its own contexts to achieve a specific objective. This program is aimed to empower persons with disabilities and their respective Disabled Persons’ Organizations to help promote the persons’ participation in society.

Participants shall have opportunities in Japan to clarify problems that lie in the relationship between the disabled people’s movement and their government, by studying the history of the disabled people’s movement and that of changes in government policies for persons with disabilities in Japan, to know the details of activities and movements concerning human rights through Japanese case studies to reaffirm the significance of raising awareness about human rights and protection activities, to learn skills and details of support activities and services provided by persons with disabilities to other persons with disabilities, to develop a feasible action plan by the end of the course and report it after 6 months of the course. It is also envisioned that the program would serve the cause of mutual collaboration among participating countries and Japan in the area of knowledge sharing.

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