ERI Training Program – A Journey of Being Sensitised and Empowered

Participants in the November ERI Training in Geneva (l-r) Robert Fanovich fpm (Grenada); Aindrila Acharya (India); Benson Hahambu (Papua New Guinea); Bernard Gazire fpm (ERI Team Geneva); Kevin Mullan cfc (ERI Team Geneva); Ignatius France (South Africa); Tino D’Abreu cfc (ERI Team Geneva); Amrit Sharma (India); Eddie Bourke (Ireland); Clement Sindazi cfc (Zambia); Mayra Muro (Peru); Eduardo Morgan (Argentina), Francis Nkwabi cfc (Kenya) and Brian Bond cfc (ERI Team Geneva) Participants in the November ERI Training in Geneva (l-r) Robert Fanovich fpm (Grenada); Aindrila Acharya (India); Benson Hahambu (Papua New Guinea); Bernard Gazire fpm (ERI Team Geneva); Kevin Mullan cfc (ERI Team Geneva); Ignatius France (South Africa); Tino D’Abreu cfc (ERI Team Geneva); Amrit Sharma (India); Eddie Bourke (Ireland); Clement Sindazi cfc (Zambia); Mayra Muro (Peru); Eduardo Morgan (Argentina), Francis Nkwabi cfc (Kenya) and Brian Bond cfc (ERI Team Geneva)

“A right is not a special privilege of the fortunate but it is ingrained in the soul of every institution and in the dignity and worth of every person”. This is an insight I gained through the two weeks long training program conducted in Geneva by the Edmund Rice International. It was a great opportunity for me to learn new things and broaden my perspective as I interacted with participants from different countries and cultural backgrounds.

In the process of the training program, I learned about the different organs of the UN in detail. The visits to the UN for attending the UPR session and the Treaty Body Session helped me to understand the situation of countries under review from a multi dimensional perspective. We also visited the Irish mission which gave me a realisation about the amount of hard work that goes in the making of a national report of a country under review.

The resource persons who conducted various sessions were expert in their own area and were people who were working in their own field with a compassionate heart. I personally particularly enjoyed the sessions taken by Enka from Franciscans International and Nora from the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The joyful sessions conducted on SDG’s and Climate Change left a very powerful impact on my heart and I realised that if we don’t change, our future generations will have to pay the price for our mistakes.

I am blessed to be a part of the ERI as they embrace justice in every aspect of their working and help in providing voice to the voiceless. I am also thankful to Brother Brian and the entire team for organising this training program. I have been able to understand my role as a social justice animator in a better way and I take back the message “Every voice matters and the change in the world starts with – ME”

Amrit Sharma
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