Achievements of human rights education in Vietnam

10/06/2016


Human rights education is essential for the promotion of respect for and observance of human rights. Through human rights education it is possible to develop the skills and attitudes that promote equality, dignity and respect in communities, society and worldwide. Human rights education and training enhances knowledge, clarifies values, promotes solidarity, changes attitudes and develops skills contributing to the respect for and enforcement of human rights.
Among of the significant achievements of Vietnam after 30 years of renewals, those big achievements which are related to human rights, are even recognized in the Constitution (amended in 2013) as well as current legal document of Vietnam. Human rights are always received the special attention of Communist Party and Vietnamese Government and Vietnam has become a member of human rights committee of United Nation. Human rights research and education in Vietnam have received many remarkable achievements, for example, human rights major is now educated in universities and there is even post – graduate education for this subject.
There are many conferences, forums and projects for scientists to discuss about the results on human rights research and education in Vietnam. They will provide the suggestions for Vietnam to make policies and build law system in order to improve the human rights education and protection, as well as information for social organizations on human and others. As a result, it will improve the academic ability of students, especially law students in universities.
In Vietnam, many educational institutions have developed new curricula and training programmes on human rights, while the subject has been made obligatory for law students. Human rights education has become a topic of general interest in many major public institutions in Vietnam, such as Vietnam National University’s Law Faculty (VNULF) and its Center for Human and Citizen’s Rights (CRIGHTS), Hanoi University’s Faculty of International Studies (FIS HANU), Hanoi Law University (HLU), HCMC University of Law (HUL), the Ho Chi Minh Political Academy (Institute for Human Rights (VIHR), the Institute for Family and Gender Studies (IFGS),… In VNULF, Human Rights has been training as an independent/regular human rights course and has recently published an academic cause-book on human rights (3/9/2009) for use as the officially teaching document at VNU. There are a great number of human rights-related courses regarding domestic laws, such as: civil law, civil procedures, special procedures in civil trials, law on implementing civil judgments, law on marriage… And, Human Rights topic is taught as a regular/official course at the VNULF, at both BA and MA levels.
However, the level of instruction, the contents and methods of approach are quite uneven. In fact, since the last decade, human rights education has been taught and integrated in the contents of different teaching subjects of the formal secondary and primary levels of public schools in the country, and in the training of different professional groups, such as public servants, law enforcement officers, police, judiciary, military and government officials. At the university level, several national institutions have begun to introduce human rights into their formal educational curricula, though the knowledge they generate is often not coordinated, publicized or widely available. A difficulty facing the studies of human rights is limited English skills of Vietnamese students while most of reference documents on the subject are in English.
Human rights research and education in Vietnam have had a significant improvement in all fields, for example: the breakthrough in policy advisory, many published research works have created a network of research and education across the country. Vietnamese and international researchers have shared about experiences of countries, regions on human rights research and education. In the aspect of challenges and opportunities, human rights is a long term issues which is closely linked with the social growth and this could not be able to solved in a short time. It depends on each certain growth period of humanity. Human rights issue is a sensitive issue which is related to politics, culture, society, philosophy and gender so on. We, however, cannot avoid it but we should put the human rights in a specific circumstance so that we could figure out solutions. In the future, we should improve the ability to do human rights research and education in Vietnam.
           We expect that Vietnam will receive further support and collaboration of international organizations, nations and foreign scientists so that Vietnam could build more programs on human rights research and education in Vietnam  in a diversified and crossed – industry pathway.  Also, they will do research on new issues and improve the ability of researchers at not only university and post graduate but also at all levels of education.  The final purpose is to suggest Vietnamese government to build up national policies and strategies on human rights education in Vietnam./.
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John Smith 14/6/16 19:14

The Center‘s human rights functions include preparation of teaching curriculums on human rights for the university (graduate and post-graduate levels)and research on human and citizens' rights, and capacity-building on rights-related issues for scholars and lawyers.

MaskOf Zero 14/6/16 19:15

Human Rights Education has become a topic of general interest in many major public institutions in Vietnam, but the level of instruction, the contents and methods of approach are quite uneven.

Gentle Moon 14/6/16 19:16

Since the last decade, human rights education has been taught and integrated in the contents of different teaching subjects of the formal secondary and primary levels of public schools in Vietnam.

LawrenceSamuels 14/6/16 21:01

However, Vietnam needs to find other ways to promote the education on human rights in the context of decreasing international financial support.

Deck Hero14 14/6/16 21:03

Yes, Vietnam's government always takes care of human rights issues.

Pack Cassiopian 14/6/16 21:05

It is widely hailed the significant achievements Vietnam has made in studies and education on human rights, as seen in the inclusion of the subject in the 2013 Constitution and in post-graduate training curricula.

Jane smartnic 14/6/16 21:08

Human rights education and training enhances knowledge, clarifies values, promotes solidarity, changes attitudes and develops skills contributing to the respect for and enforcement of human rights.

Love Peace 14/6/16 21:10

Human rights education plays an important role in promoting respect for and protecting human rights.

Only Solidar 14/6/16 21:11

At the university level, several national institutions have begun to introduce human rights into their formal educational curricula, though the knowledge they generate is often not coordinated, publicized or widely available.

yobro yobro 14/6/16 21:12

We expect that Vietnam will receive further support and collaboration of international organizations, nations and foreign scientists so that Vietnam could build more programs on human rights research and education.

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