What are the methods of the Academy?

Days 1, 2 and 4 of the Academy are designed in the same way methodically.

Each day consists of:
1. Plenary Sessions
These comprise the following components: 1) opening and welcome by UNESCO Chair and Centre; 2) 10 minutes impulse speeches by representatives of int./reg. organisations and local level authorities; 3) plenary discussion

2. Workshop sessions
The workshops aim at gathering the content for the Academy’s Outcome Document. The Outcome Document will be a step-by-step guidance on how implement human rights objectives in public management. It will base on practical experiences of local authorities all over the world.

Workshop methods: Two parallel workshops take place in breakout rooms with a randomized allocation of participants. The workshops are facilitated by two persons per workshop. The participants and the moderators/co-facilitators receive workshop guidelines in advance. This way, all actors can prepare for the discussion and exchange during the workshops. The co-facilitators take notes and prepare a concise summary of the core results. The co-facilitators present these results during the closing plenary session. This way, all Academy participants have access to all workshop results.

3. Closing
The participants come together in the plenary room to listen to the presentation of the workshop findings. The workshop findings are briefly analysed and discussed. The day is closed with the “Thoughts on the day”. This is a short input/commentary on the day’s topic given by a distinguished expert with the goal of rounding off the day on an inspirational note and setting the scene for the next day.