Human Rights Education in Myanmar

The Institute for the Study of Human Rights, in collaboration with the universities of Myanmar and with the support of Open Society Foundations, has conducted the first stages of an 18-month project directed towards developing the capacity of junior faculty to promote and engage in human rights education in Myanmar.

This project seeks to enable university educators to more effectively teach and incorporate human rights into law and other departmental curricula and research using rights-based approaches. Both of these aims are pursued by fostering knowledge of and for human rights and research, analysis, and pedagogical skills.

To date, ISHR has developed a human rights curriculum tailored to the needs, interests, and skill-level of the participants; completed the first in-person workshop in Myanmar; and implemented an ongoing distance learning course.

In the fall, ISHR will welcome the three faculty participants who have been invited to spend the semester at Columbia University as visiting scholars participating in the Human Rights Advocates Program. ISHR also looks forward to returning to Myanmar in November for the second in-person workshop and again in the spring for the third workshop.

Participants & Facilitators

Thirty junior faculty, representing sixteen universities, are participating in this project. Twenty-five are Law faculty and five are International Relations faculty. Twenty-nine of the participants are female, reflecting the fact that most faculty in Myanmar are women.

The University Human Rights Education in Myanmar project was co-developed by Project Director Kristina Eberbach and Project Lead Benedict Fleming. Facilitators also include Columbia University professors Elazar Barkan and Sarah Knuckey as well as Columbia law student Bassam Khawaja.

Click here to read the facilitators' full bios.

Visiting Scholars

Three visiting scholars have been selected based on the motivation statements submitted by faculty participants and their participation in the online and in-person training components thus far. They will participate in ISHR’s Human Rights Advocates Program</a> in the fall 2015 semester. In addition to auditing 1-2 courses, they will participate in skills-building and networking meetings, events and trainings.

The three selected are Swe Zin Oo, an assistant lecturer in the Department of Law at the University of Mandalay,  Yupar Nyi Htun, both tutors in the Department of Law at East Yangon University, and Kyi Pyar Linn, a tutor in the Department of Law at the University of Yangon.

For questions or more information regarding University Human Rights Education in Myanmar, please email humanrightsed@columbia.edu