Human Rights Education in Southeast Asia
The NCHR facilitates and supports quality ensured human rights education in Southeast Asia.
Director of NCHR Inga Bostad and Vicepresident of Mahidol University Professor Banchong Mahaisavariya sign the agreement on human rights education and research in Southeast Asia (photo: T. Vestheim).
The cooperation between the NCHR and SHAPE-SEA aims to improve human rights education in the whole region of Southeast Asia. SHAPE-SEA is a human rights education project with the ASEAN University Network (AUN) and the Southeast Asian Human Rights Network (SEAHRN).
The agreement involves 47 universities in 11 countries in Southeast Asia. The cooperation between NCHR and Southeast Asian Human Rights Network (SHAPE SEA) was launched during the Forth International Conference on Human rights in South East Asia in Bangkok October 2016. The aim is to improve human rights of peoples in Southeast Asia through education and applied research. 20 out of the 47 universities in ASEN are now offering quality ensured human rights education to their students.
Goals for human rights education
This long-term agreement is a product of years of discussions, preparations and good cooperation between NCHR, Mahidol and SHAPE SEA.
The specific objectives regarding human rights education in the region are:
- To increase the availability of human rights and peace education/teaching resources of university and graduate students in Southeast Asia.
- To increase the number of qualified lecturers teaching human rights and peace at Southeast Asian universities.
- To increase the number of universities supporting and delivering human rights and peace curriculum/programmes in Southeast Asia.