International Forum of Solidarity Holds Workshop “Trafficking in Human Beings – Development of the Module for e-Learning”
On 8 February, International Forum of Solidarity – Emmaus held a workshop on “Trafficking in Human Beings – Development of the Module for e-learning” at the Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors in the Federation of BiH (CEST FBiH). The workshop, which was organised in collaboration with the Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of FBiH, received additional support from the Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The meeting formed part of the framework of the regional project: “Improving the expertise of Judicial Institutions on Trafficking in Human Beings in Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina: Treatment of victims and victim witnesses of Trafficking in Human Beings”.
During the workshop, experts of the Netherlands Judicial Academy presented their experiences and best practices of the Dutch judiciary in the development and application modules for distance learning (e-learning). The workshop was organised for a group of judges and prosecutors, who have participated in the educational activities of the project since 2013 and who have been actively engaged in educating their fellow judges and prosecutors in the prosecution of trafficking in human beings.
The aim of this workshop was to strengthen the capacity of the judiciary and prosecution in the areas of investigation, prosecution and trial of cases of trafficking in human beings in accordance with the standards of the European Union. In particular, it addressed how to improve the status and treatment of victims and victim witnesses in court proceedings.
E-learning, otherwise known as “online learning” or “web-based training”, is new in many fields of work. In fact, in Bosnia and Herzegovina prosecutors and judges do not yet work with e-learning tools. Online learning methods have a number of benefits for students and young professionals, especially for teams or professional networks who travel frequently or work from different locations. The materials are available 24/7, thus allowing participants to access educational resources at all times without constraints and to self-pace their learning. Furthermore, interactive content and assessments create a personalised, “hands on” learning experience, which allows learners to navigate tools and to learn by doing.
The development of an e-learning module for professionals and educators working on trafficking in human beings will provide new methods for working professionals to hone their skills and knowledge in a self-paced manner. It will also provide individuals with pedagogical tools that are accessible from a distance and that are free of time constraints.