Official Launch of the Remapping & Analysis of Human Rights & Peace Education in ASEAN/ Southeast Asia and Regional Workshop on Converging for Human Rights and Peace Education: Addressing Gridlocks & Maximizing Prospect in ASEAN/ Southeast Asia
October 17-18, 2019
The U.S. Government, through the ASEAN-USAID PROSPECT project, is supporting the ASEAN University Network – Human Rights Education (AUN-HRE) to officially launch a new study entitled “Remapping and Analysis of Human Rights and Peace Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia.” The launch will be followed by a regional workshop for relevant ASEAN officials and AUN-HRE representatives to discuss ways to improve and expand human rights and peace education throughout ASEAN Universities.
Today, more than 70 AUN-HRE representatives, representatives from the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), the Senior Official Meeting on Education (SOMED), and representatives from ASEAN Dialogue and Development Partners gathered for this two-day event, hosted by SOMED in Jakarta. The primary purpose of the event is to deepen understanding on the state of human rights and peace education in universities across ASEAN and explore how education policymakers can create an enabling environment and demand for peace and human rights courses in tertiary-level education.
In his remarks, His Excellency Mr. Michael Tene, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for the ASEAN Community and Corporate Affairs, stated, “Today’s launch of the report on ‘Remapping and Analysis of Human Rights and Peace Education in ASEAN and Southeast Asia’ is timely as we begin to take stock of our achievements with respect to attaining our regional and global commitments, such as those espoused in the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the Sustainable Development Goals.” He also underscored the alignment of Human Rights and Peace Education with the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration and the ASEAN Declaration on a Culture of Prevention for a Peaceful, Inclusive, Resilient, Healthy, and Harmonious Society, which highlights the crucial role of value-based education in educational institutions as a key instrument in promoting a culture of prevention in the region. While, Her Excellency, Dr. Mi Mi Gyi, representative from SOMED Myanmar, also emphasized the opportunity the workshop presents for scholars from ASEAN countries to improve good relations with one another to discuss and analyze on the human rights and peace education in Southeast Asia.
In her remarks, Her Excellency Prof. Dr. Amara Ponsapitch, Chair of AICHR pointed out the challenges of often times contradictory concepts of human rights and peace, but implored participants to work together to advance a common understanding whereby human rights and peace education are complementary, and how human rights tools can be used to achieve a sustainably peaceful society.
In her remarks, Ms. Julie Chen, Director of ASEAN Affairs at USAID, applauded ASEAN and its Member States for promoting human rights and peace education, stating that, “For ASEAN to realize its goal of becoming a unified community, it has placed an emphasis on a people-centered, people-oriented approach, and through increased human rights educational opportunities, students can activate a deeper understanding on the inherent dignity of all people and their right to be treated with respect.”
Through this two-day launch and regional workshop, the participants will refresh their understanding on the state of current human rights, peace and conflict university programs, courses, and resources across the ten AMS and Timor Leste; and identify the gaps that need to be filled in the region in order to enhance a culture of human rights and peace. Participants will explore possible cooperation among member universities of AUN-HRE across a number of areas, including initiating a regional collaborative graduate program in human rights and peace and conflict studies and developing strategies to strengthening human rights and peace education in the region.
The U.S. Government, through the ASEAN-USAID PROSPECT project, continues to be a committed partner to supporting AUN-HRE in advancing human rights and peace education in the region.