Hu­man rights to be manda­tory law school sub­ject in 2016-17

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THIRD-YEAR univer­sity law stu­dents will be re­quired to take a course on hu­man rights law start­ing in the up­com­ing aca­demic year, said Min­is­ter for Education U Myo Thein Gyi.

“By teach­ing hu­man rights as a sub­ject, democ­racy will be im­proved,” he said at an education work­shop at Yangon’s Sum­mit Parkview Ho­tel on July 25.

A draft cur­ricu­lum has al­ready been drawn up.

“Af­ter the work­shop, it will be pre­pared and up­graded,” said Daw Than Nwe, a mem­ber of the Myan­mar Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (MNHRC).

The three-day work­shop, which con­cludes to­day, was held in co­op­er­a­tion with the MNHRC, Thai­land’s Mahi­dol Univer­sity and the Nor­we­gian Cen­tre for Hu­man Rights’ SHAPE SEA pro­ject.

“Ev­ery­body must know his or her rights,” said SHAPE SEA chair Sriprapha Petcharame­see. “We can pro­tect our rights only if we know what our rights are.”

There are 18 uni­ver­si­ties with law cen­tres across the coun­try. At the July 25 meet­ing, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Thai­land, Viet­nam, Malaysia and the MNHRC trained 18 de­part­men­tal heads and teach­ers to con­duct the course in their re­spec­tive schools.

Cur­rently, the MNHRC is writ­ing a cor­re­spond­ing cur­ricu­lum for stu­dents from Grades 3 to 5. The draft of the cur­ricu­lum for Grade 3, which has not stud­ied hu­man rights in the past, will be re­leased in Au­gust and the fi­nal cur­ricu­lums for Grades 3 to 5 will be com­pleted by the end of 2016.

The com­mis­sion wrote a hu­man rights cur­ricu­lum for Grades 6 to 10 that started in the 2004-05 aca­demic year. In 2012-13, hu­man rights cur­ricu­lum was ex­panded to Grade 4.

– Trans­la­tion by Khine Thazin Han

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