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Transitional Justice and Teaching Youth about the Martial Law Era in Philippines

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This paper provides an analysis of the Philippine Department of Education’s “new direction” in the teaching of the Martial Law period. It emphasizes the need to discuss in the classrooms the prevalence of human rights violations during the Martial Law period. Such discussion shall lead to a mastery and comprehension of the events during the said period and an understanding of the roots of human rights violations. Eventually, this must lead to an appreciation of how this learning benefits the student’s personal life. The essence of human rights education and the goal of the study of the Martial Law era must be that students learn to evaluate/reflect on their own behaviors and decisions and determine whether these are consonant with human rights standards.
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Keywords: Martial Law; Philippines; human rights; students’ learning; transformational justice; youth

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2015

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