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