Researchers from Vietnamese and Danish institutes discussed human rights education at a workshop held in Hanoi on Oct. 9 by the Vietnam Academy of Social Science and the Danish Embassy.

Dr Nguyen Tai Dong from the Institute of Philosophy under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, said that a strategy for developing human rights education should aim for the goal of helping people understand and exercise their human rights, as well as encouraging them to fulfil their own social responsibilities.

Human rights must be written into the law for their practice and protection to take place in daily life. Human rights education must also be provided through different channels, he said. Apart from strengthening traditional channels, such as family and school, other social channels need to be identified.

Vietnam has been paying more attention to human rights and in educating its people on the issue in terms of political and legal thought, according to the workshop.

The country needs to build a national programme on human rights education, making it part of the core curriculum in education reform, the workshop said.

The workshop drew scientists from the Institute of Human Studies, Institute of State and Law, the universities of law in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the People’s Security Academy and the Danish Institute of Human Rights./.