Scoping Study into Human Rights-Based Approaches to Education in Southeast Asia

The right to education has been internationally recognized and nationally affirmed through constitutions, legislations and education sector policies; however, there remain 57 million out-of-school children worldwide (UNESCO 2013) whose right to education has evidently been denied.


This study assessed the strategies that each SEAMEO member country has employed in implementing a rights-based approach to education. The study hoped to bring document the countries’ diverse experiences in implementing a rights-based approach to education using a common framework, in order to highlight effective practices, lessons learned and areas for further strengthening. Through this research, barriers for children and citizens to claim their right to education were identified.


The research was participated by nine Southeast Asian countries namely: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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Scoping Study into Human Rights-Based Approaches to Education in SEA

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