The programme comprises three specialized courses on Security Sector Reform and Justice, Local Administration and Decentralization, and Urban Planning for Sustainable Development. These courses are accredited by Lund University. All trainees are in addition required to take core classes in Citizenship, Democratic Decision-making Processes, Gender, Project Management, Psycho-Social Support, Cultural Heritage and Local Community Engagement.
The courses are delivered in Arabic by experts with teaching experience in each specific field. Teaching methods include traditional lectures, seminar discussions, assessments, guided independent study and supervision of graduation projects. Online group English language courses managed by the British Council will also be delivered.
The project will train 210 participants in the three specialized fields in three rounds. In the first round, which started in Spring 2016, lectures were delivered face-to-face and individual follow-up work was completed email and Skype. In the second and third rounds, training will be given remotely on a part-time basis via the Tahdir web-based learning platform during a period of 30 weeks. This distance learning solution aims to make the programme accessible to Syrians regardless of their location and to ensure a strong participation of women.
The course management team will select 27 best graduation projects (nine from each field of study) to receive seed funding in support of their development into potential implementation. At the end of the programme, 12 trainees from each field will participate in short study visits of a few days to countries where they can gain more knowledge through the observation of relevant and comparable cases.