Gender, poverty, race, ethnicity, religion, age, disability status, HIV/AIDS, sexual orientation and other stigmas exclude people from a range of opportunities and processes. ‘Social Inclusion’ is a term indicating a broader orientation towards poverty reduction and sustainable development. It involves a process of empowerment that will eventually ensure that people have a voice in decisions that affect their lives and that they enjoy equal access to markets, services and other spaces. In this course you learn to contribute to inclusive transformation processes and improve the terms for individuals and groups to take part in society.
Globally it is acknowledged that gender inequality hinders progress on all development outcomes. Across countries and regions there is evidence that strategies that do not promote gender equality and the full participation of women and youth do not succeed. In this study you will learn how to address the differences between men and women and how to promote development initiatives that divide the benefits of this effort between women and men equally.
Young people are the future generation. World food systems and rural development projects have long ignored youth as active participants but it is now fully recognised that these processes require active involvement of young farmers. Employment and socio-economic inclusion for young people drives innovation, entrepreneurship, and well-being in rural areas. In our course rural development professionals acquire competences to address challenges and opportunities that youth face.
By the time you graduate, you will have developed the ability to:
• identify opportunities for systemic change and to enhance opportunities and interests of youth, men and women in rural environments • promote social inclusion and mainstream gender and other socialequity issues in rural development • recommend changes that will bring about gender equality in organisations • develop a personal strategy for enhancing empowerment, social inclusion, youth involvement and gender equality in your own profession and organisation.
Organisations that need to respond rapidly to fast-changing circumstances have a considerable demand for fully qualified managers. By improving organisational structures, better management stimulates good governance. Many NGOs and public service organisations are currently reassessing their activities, and view one-year staff-training programmes as a worthwhile investment. Similarly, donor agencies require gender to be integrated within their programmes and projects. There is also a great demand for professionals who can facilitate change and transform social processes.
“From this master course, I have acquired the knowledge that helps me to deal with gender issues. The course has improved my communication, managerial and leadership skills. Above all I would like to say it has developed my confidence to work in the area of gender, in any organisation, at any post. At this moment I am working as a programme coordinator in an International NGO (religious based). Even though there are other programme areas, women empowerment is the major focus of the organisation. In my part time I have got the chance of giving gender training to experts and development agents working in another organisation. Ethiopia is a developing country with huge development challenges. Due to the deep rooted traditional and cultural practices the gap between women and men is enormous. Women are at the bottom of the ladder in social, economic and political aspects. Although it is difficult to bring change and achieve gender equality within a short time, I will try to contribute to the ongoing efforts of Governmental and Non Governmental Organisations.”
To be eligible for admission you have to meet the following requirements: A Bachelor degree, or an equivalent qualification in a relevant subject. A minimum of 2 years of relevant working experience. A good working knowledge of spoken and written English (TOEFL IBT 80 points/IELTS 6,0). Applicants have to prove this proficiency, for example by submitting certificates issued by a recognised language institute such as TOEFL or the British Council .Computer literacy (Windows, Word, Excel and Internet use) is required.
Recipient: Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences
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