Work Scope of the Education Committee


Academic Resources: The activities aim to increase the amount of resources for teaching and research on human rights and peace, and to make these resources more accessible to higher education institutes throughout the region. This includes providing resources, such as textbooks and translated texts, along with administrative support so that the texts can be taught in classes.

The expected outputs of this specific area are:

  1. Publication and distribution of the second edition of ASEAN human rights textbook, which is targeted for undergraduate students who will study human rights and peace as a General Elective or similar course. This leverages SEAHRN’s work in the last two years under the RWI-SEAHRN cooperation. The first draft of this textbook has been completed, but it still needs to be edited and translated for publication.
  1. Production and distribution of ASEAN Teaching Manual for Human Rights and Peace in Southeast Asia. A teaching manual will be developed to aid lecturers as regards teaching methodologies. The manual will be based on the textbook, and also on important material available in the relevant language.

Curriculum development: The key outcome of this four-year program is the development of a common regional curriculum or program on human rights and peace at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The activities proposed are all geared towards achieving this outcome through the development of academic material or resources, developing the capacities of universities and institutions in Southeast Asia to offer and teach human rights and peace courses, and to create support among the universities at the regional and ASEAN levels leading towards the adoption of the regional human rights and peace curriculum/program.

Translation Projects: A great limitation on the teaching of human rights and peace is the unavailability of material in national languages. Hence, critical human rights and peace material for research and education will be selected for translation. A list of relevant and useful texts for the teaching and research on human rights and peace will be created and translated into ASEAN languages to facilitate the teaching of human rights and peace.

Teaching Manual:  A teaching manual that will help teachers to use the textbook, but also give ideas, exercises, and activities for teaching human rights at the undergraduate level.


The overarching objective of this project is to contribute to the improvement of the human rights of peoples in Southeast Asia through education and applied research. The strategy of the program is to directly involve and engage universities to play a more significant role in the sustainability of human rights protection by contributing research, which can be applied to address human rights concerns, and by increasing the knowledge of human rights and peace through incorporating these issues into university education.

Specific programs for meeting the objectives are:

  1. Training on the Teacher’s Manual: An annual training on the Teachers’ Manual will be offered to guide lecturers on how to use the ASEAN Human Rights Textbook. This workshop will be initially conducted in English, and increasingly in the local languages as capacities are developed.The activities will focus on producing human rights and peace education teaching resources for use in universities in Southeast Asia.
  2. Training on Teaching Human Rights which will provide a solid foundation in human rights and peace theories, and also in teaching methodology, following the regional curriculum to be developed. The initial batchof participants may be trained as trainers, who will then conduct the teaching trainings at the national level in the succeeding years. The training team may decide to have one batch of participants per year who will go through a blended learning course, with accreditation/ certification at the end of the course.
  3. Institutional capacity development to increase the number of qualified academics teaching human rights and peace at Southeast Asian universities by 2019. Universities with existing human rights or peace centres.

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Strengthening Human Rights and Peace Research and Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia