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Not slowed by pandemic, AUN-HRE/ SHAPE-SEA prepared lecturers on how to teach human rights with 4th Lecturer Workshop

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By AUN secretariatEdited by the AUN-HRE
SecretariatJanuary 2021The 4th Lecturer Workshop on
Teaching Human Rights was held between 31 August to 7 December 2020, aiming
at equipping lecturers with skills and knowledge for teaching human rights at
the undergraduate and graduate level, enhancing capacity in learning methods
and designing course/syllabus. It was jointly organized by the ASEAN
University Network-Human Rights Education (AUN-HRE) subnetwork and the
Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP), Mahidol University,
Thailand. It is also part of the Strengthening Human Rights and Peace
Research and Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia (SHAPE-SEA) programme and is
supported by the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of
Oslo.As with many other traditionally offline activities, the workshop was
conducted online rather than face-to-face in the manner that was originally
planned due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. The workshop was attended
by 22 university lecturers of diverse academic backgrounds from 6 ASEAN
countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and
Vietnam.The workshop was divided into two parts, with the first part covering
a wide range of topics including human rights fundamentals, international
human rights standards and mechanisms, peace and conflict, international
humanitarian law, gender and sexualities, development and the environment.
The second part covered practical skills for those who are teaching or
preparing to teach human rights at the university level.The topic of human
rights continues to be vitally important, especially in an age of
unprecedented connectivity. In an era where people are more aware of things
happening around them and globally more than ever, it is critical for people
to be able to analyze and discuss issues that pop up in an open, meaningful,
and tolerant way. AUN-HRE/ SHAPE-SEA continues to train new leaders, build
capacity for engagement in important discussions, and encourage academic
freedom where possible to allow scholars to pursue their human rights and
peace research without unwarranted interference.

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