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Mentor Training Programme

About the Mentor Training Programme:

The Mentor Training Programme (MTP) is a 21-week course consisting of 3 components: online learning activities, a two-week face-to-face learning residency, and a field work component to be carried out locally under the guidance of a local supervisor.

It is designed for experienced practitioners and community-based participatory researchers within and outside academia. The certified mentors play a key role in the development of the local hub, including the creation of teaching curriculum and pedagogy, and the development of research capacities.

About the past Cohorts

Cohort 1

The face to face residency for the first cohort of the Mentor Training Program under Knowledge for Change (K4C), was conducted between 11th and 23rd of March at PRIA, New Delhi and O.P Jindal Global University, Sonepat.

Mentors from seven countries came together for a two-week intensive training and learning on Community-Based Participatory Research. The residency was facilitated by UNESCO Co-Chairs, Dr Budd Hall and Dr Rajesh Tandon. Some of the guest lecturers were Dr Darlene Clover from University of Victoria and Dr Paulo Wangoola from MPAMBO Multiversity, Uganda.

The full report on the residency is available here.

Cohort 2

The face-to-face residency for the second cohort of the Mentor Training Programme (MTP) was organized at University of Victoria (UVic) and Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada from 15th to 27th  October 2018. The residency was attended by 12 mentors from five hubs from the countries of India, Canada, Cuba and Malaysia.

The full report on the residency is available here.

Cohort 3

The face-to face residency for the third cohort of the Mentor Training Programme (MTP) under the K4C initiative was held in Arusha, Tanzania in 2019. This cohort saw the participation of 20 mentors from different parts of the world and was facilitated by UNESCO Co-chairs, Dr. Rajesh Tandon and Dr. Budd Hall, along with. Ms. Nandita Bhatt.
The full report on the residency is available here.

Cohort 4

The residency for the fourth cohort of the Mentor Training Programme (MTP) under the K4C initiative was organized at University of Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia from October 31 to 12 November 2019. This year, the residency saw the participation of 18 mentors from Colombia, Canada, Cuba, Ireland and South Africa.
The full report on the residency is available here.

Cohort 5

The 5th Cohort of the Mentor Training Programme began on 6th August, 2020. With 19 mentors from Quebec, Ireland, England, Mexico, India and Colombia, the current cohort is facilitated by UNESCO Co-chairs, Dr. Budd Hall and Dr. Rajesh Tandon, along with Ms. Suriani Dzulkifli. The programme features guest lectures from various eminent practitioners such as Dr. John Gaventa (Insititute of Development Studies), Dr. Joanna Ochocka (University of Waterloo), Dr. Darlene Clover (University of Victoria), amongst others.

Cohort 6

The 6th Cohort of the Mentor Training Programme began on March 3rd and ends on July 27th.

Participants include academics and community practitioners. Due to Covid-19, the course has been adapted on Zoom.

There are a total of 19 mentors this Cohort from 5 countries – Kuala Lumpur and Nilai, Malaysia; Grahamstown, South Africa; Brescia, Italy; Limerick, Ireland and West Virginia, USA. The partnerships/institutions include-

Malaysia – Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia and Malaysia Council Youth
South Africa – Rhodes University
Ireland – University of Limerick
Italy – University of Brescia and Ambiente Parce
USA – University of West Virginia, WVU Centre for Resilient Communities and Our Future West Virginia

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