ISHR Completes Fifth Training in Myanmar

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The University Human Rights Education in Myanmar Project at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights completed its fifth training in Myanmar at the end of July 2017.

The project develops the capacity of junior faculty in Myanmar to promote and engage in human rights education. Launched in November 2014, the project enables university educators to more effectively teach and incorporate human rights into law and other departmental curricula and research using rights-based approaches.

In July, project leads Kristina Eberbach and Ben Fleming visited the law departments of Yangon University, Dagon University, and Mandalay University with 20 Myanmar law faculty participating in the training. These faculty led human rights courses for nearly 160 law students (LLB) and between 15-20 observing faculty.

Thematic topics included:

  • Statelessness and rights
  • Trafficking and rights 
  • Media and rights
  • Environment and rights.

These teaching sessions instilled among the participating faculty a greater sense of confidence in their knowledge of human rights and their ability to teach the subject in a compelling and effective manner, strengthened the community of human rights educators, sparked student interest in human rights and interactive learning activities, and bolstered institutional buy-in for learner-centered teaching methods. Additionally, it raised the profile of human rights education in the law departments and the esteem of the faculty who taught the subject.

Click here to read more about the University Human Rights Education in Myanmar Project.