Civic Training for Mehmetçik

What is the project about?

The overall objective of the Project is to raise the awareness of the young male population of the country as conscious and responsible citizens who are respectful to the rights of one another and are more sensitive about protection of their physical environment. The project purpose is to educate conscripts who are in military service on the issues of human rights, gender equality and women’s rights, children’s rights, protection of the environment, general health care, legal empowerment and other relevant issues so as to make them responsible and sensitive individuals of the society. 

What is the situation?

Promotion of human rights culture in the society is possible through continuous lifelong policies adopted by the state. Recognition of this has also led various initiatives by different public entities to train mainly public officials, though in most cases this is ad hoc basis.

Disrespect to the rights of the others can emerge in different forms, top among which is domestic violence. Turkey’s efforts to fight domestic violence, not only to the women but the children as well have intensified recently. As expressed by the Ministry of Family and Social Policies, a strategic approach in this fight is to train the male population of the country and Turkey needs to find some innovative means to reach the men on the street to raise their awareness on human rights, with particular emphasis on the rights of the women and children.  It is known that the importance of the Turkish Armed Forces as the venue that has the ability to reach the men on the street owing to the obligatory military duty of the young males.  

The observations during this military duty have proved the very limited awareness of the conscripts, mostly between the age group of 20-22, on the human rights issues. The conscripts in most cases have the basic level of information on human rights, particularly the rights of the women and the children. The existing conjuncture highlights the importance of using the military duty period as an intense training on these very crucial issues.

What is UNDP’s mission?



UNDP, as a development agency present in 170 countries, has an extensive experience and expertise in human rights issues, including social and health issues, and project management, as well as its well-established network, coordination and organization capacities for the conduct of such projects. UNDP will play a vital role for the success of the proposed project in close cooperation with other UN agencies including UNESCO.   

This experience proves that it is essential to train all segments of the society by using different venues to promote the human rights culture and protect the rights of the citizens, particularly the vulnerable groups such as the women and the children. At this juncture, education of young people, particularly the men, carries utmost importance.

In this conjuncture, the Project at hand aims at raising the awareness of the young male population of the country as conscious and responsible citizens who are respectful to the rights of one another and are sensitive about protection of their physical environment. Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) is one of the rare institutions of the country that has the ability to reach the young men from all segments of the society regardless of education, income level or geographical region. The conscripts when complete their military service will continue their civil life as fathers, husbands and brothers in the Turkish society and the TAF attaches great importance to equip these conscripts, besides the basic skills for the military profession, with other skills and qualifications needed in social life. TAF, with this unique position within the system, and UNDP, with its global experience, will work together to promote an enabling environment which is much more conducive for the enjoyment of human rights for all. As a conclusion, the project will train the young conscripts on human rights, with particular emphasis on the rights of women and children, legal empowerment, environment awareness and similar to prepare them for the life and to make them model individuals in their social environment.

How are we doing this?

Turkish Armed Forces is the institutional beneficiary of the Project. UNDP will provide technical assistance to the TAF for efficient and effective implementation of the Project through the Contribution Agreement, signed between CFCU (Central Finance and Contracts Unit) and UNDP and endorsed by Delegation of the European Union to Turkey (EUD).
The Project is composed of 2 components:

Component A – Institutional Capacity Development:  This component is geared towards developing the institutional skills and capabilities, which will be needed to establish and maintain the learning systems in a sustainable manner.

Component B – Individual Capacity Enhancement: This component aims at enhancement of individual capacities of the conscripts through delivering training programmes.

How will Turkey benefit?

The starting point of the Project is to support Turkey in its effort to promote human rights culture in the country and by this, promote an enabling environment for enhanced dialogue and respect among the citizens. Turkey has legislated a set of measures of reform character in the field of expanding human rights; yet there is an increased recognition and expression that in addition to the legislation, an institutionalized effort to raise the awareness of the public on human rights, and particularly the rights of the vulnerable groups including the women and the children. 

The project will address to the need for an institutionalized approach to raise the awareness of the public on human rights, with particular emphasis on the rights of women and children, along with legal empowerment, environment, general health and other related issues. Turkish Armed Forces has a unique position within the system, as it is the only entity that can reach the male population at the age group of 20s from all segments of the society. TAF, through distance learning, will train the conscripts on the crucial topics of human rights, rights of the women and children, environment, legal empowerment, general health and other relevant issues.

What has been achieved so far?

One of the six training modules planned to be developed until the end of the project has been completed and tested in the system. The first training for resource persons, which shall be mobilized in conscripts' training, has been delivered.   

PRESS CLIPPINGS

Project Overview
Focus area:
Democratic Governance
Project number:
00083916
Status:
Ongoing
Project start date:
April 2012
Estimated end date:
April 2014
Budget:
USD 3,385,675
Project funding:
The Project is financed through the contribution of European Commission.
Delivery in Previous Fiscal Years
N/A
Amount contributed per year by each project funder
N/A
Location:
N/A
UN/National executing agencies:
Turkish Armed Forces
UN/National/NGO implementing partners:
UNDP Turkey
MDG:
N/A
Contact Details

Leyla Şen, PhD
Programme Manager
Tel: +90 312 454 11 19
E-mail: leyla.sen@undp.org
 
Cem Hatunoğlu
Project Administrator
Tel: +90 312 473 7203
E-mail: cem.hatunoglu@undp.org
 

Project Documents