On 25 March 2021 Commissioners of the National Human Rights Commission met with the Minister of Education and Science of Mongolia L.Enkh-Amgalan to exchange views regarding issues on promoting human rights education and protection of human rights in the education sector.
Khunan Jargalsaikhan, Acting Chief Commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia, briefed the Minister of Education and Science on the goals and objectives of the National Human Rights Program in Mongolia and the priorities of the National Human Rights Commission's activities. The two sides discussed issues related to human rights training, human rights training, and human rights training for education officials.
Minister Enkh-Amgalan Luvsantseren said that he would pay attention to human rights issues within the framework of activities, policies and decisions of the Ministry of Education and Science, and expressed his support for the proposals and initiatives of the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia and stated his readiness to implement them immediately. For instance, the Ministry will support the evaluation of the human rights system, national research on the implementation of human rights in the education sector, the continuation of the implementation of policy recommendations, and the development of human rights education programs and drafting human rights curriculum.
Dr. Sunjid Dugar, Commissioner of the NHRCM, shared her views on the complaints and information received by the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia with regard to human rights violations in the education sector, how to resolve them, and prevent further human rights violations. The Commissioner also emphasized the importance of making human rights-friendly activities and services in the education sector, preventing children and youth from becoming victims of crime and violence, including cyberbullying, and improving cross-sectoral coordination.
Countries have made significant progress in implementing the UN Global Program on Human Rights Education and in providing human rights education and improving human rights capacity building. Mongolia provides a certain human rights education through the formal education system, however, children, youth, and adults have not adopted a human rights culture and attitude, and human rights education has not been effectively implemented and educated by teachers.
Therefore, the NHRCM and the Ministry of Education and Science agreed to establish a joint working group to improve the coordination of work on ensuring and protecting human rights, to conduct a detailed assessment of human rights in the education sector, and to develop effective human rights programs and curriculum.