Introduction to the Workshop

© UNICEF/NYHQ2008-1197/Kate Holt
On 23 November, children rest on a mat in Nygangi Orphanage in Goma, capital of North Kivu Province, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More than 200 families displaced by the recent fighting are sheltering at the facility.


  • For participants to understand the overall objective of the workshop
  • For the facilitator to have an awareness of the level of MRM knowledge in the group
Participants MRM Staff
Session Presentation, plenary and groupwork session
Time required 45 minutes
Venue requirements Main training room
Equipment Flip charts and markers
Resource person(s) 1 person with knowledge of the overall MRM and of the workshop content
Training materials  
Documents for participants - Guidelines [PDF]
- MRM Field Manual [PDF]
Access to materials All the training material are included in the "Introduction to the Workshop" folder and the "Evaluation" folder.

Pre-session preparation

Put the workshop objectives on a flip chart or onto the screen

Session Sequence

  1. Introduction and expectations
    • Welcome and a short introduction to the facilitators
    • Quick introduction of each person - their name, who they work for and the experience they have so far with MRM (really helps to get a sense of the standards in the group)
    • Ask participants to write down their expectations (each one on a new piece of card) on cards placed on their tables.
    • Facilitator to group these and put onto the wall so later can participants can look and at end of the workshop can be reflected on if reached expectations.
  2. Organisation and ground rules
    • Ask group to set ground rules and explain about the "parking lot". (Put one flip chart on wall as the parking lot).
    • Put up sign up sheet for volunteers for daily evaluation. (At end of each day the volunteers will meet with the facilitators' group to provide feedback on the course, facilitators will attempt to adjust in response to the feedback. Explain how this will work. Get two people committed for the first day.)
    • Explain about the evaluation sheets - these can either be used for the whole day or individual sessions.
    • Provide details about meal arrangements, bathrooms etc
  3. What do you know about MRM and child rights?

    Provide participants with the pre-training questionnaires and ask them to complete. (At some point during the first day analyse the answers). Completing the questionnaire should take a maximum of 10 minutes.

  4. Objectives

    Outline the objectives of the workshop to the participants

    • To provide participants with a solid understanding of the background and purpose of the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions and MRM
    • To build skills and strengthen the capacity of participants to gather information and provide documentation on grave violations against children
    • For participants to have the knowledge and capacity to make appropriate response provision
  5. MRM Materials

    It is essential that all participants understand the difference between the documents and their respective uses. Hold up each of the two documents and explain their purpose and the uses.

    • MRM Information and Guidelines: This short document contains a summary and concise information on the background, the resolutions, an overview of implementation and reporting requirements. This document is useful for senior management to grasp the concept and requirements, who may not have time to read the Field Manual. It is also essential reading for technical staff on the broader and political aspects of MRM.
    • The MRM Field Manual: This document is the complement to the Information and Guidelines and provides the technical details on implementation, processes and reporting for MRM. It is suggested that this document is kept close at hand as a daily reference tool for those managing MRM and to provide guidance to field staff on requirements, methodology and minimum standards.

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