Date 2014-03-28
Time 12:30 - 14:00
Tel 29486632
Venue Room B1-LP-06, Lower Podium Floor, Block B1,HKIEd Tai Po Campus


Myanmar’s Democratic Transition:

What Kind of Democracy for New Times


Professor Kerry J. Kennedy

Director, Centre for Governance and Citizenship

Research Chair Professor of Curriculum Studies

The Hong Kong Institute of Education


Date:   28 March 2014 (Friday)

Time:   12:30pm to 2:00 pm

Venue: Room B1-LP-06,

Lower Podium Floor, Block B1,

HKIEd Tai Po Campus, 10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po


Fifty years of military dictatorship in Myanmar has not eliminated the quest for democracy for many of the country’s citizens. While this quest is perhaps best known from the high profile image of Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy, there is also a strong grassroots movement for whom democracy is an important goal. Ironically, the progress for Myanmar’s democratic development remains in the hands of many the same military who participated actively in the processes of dictatorship over the past half a century.

This seminar will explore the issue of democratic development in Myanmar, especially in light of its membership in ASEAN and the kind of future that is being projected for the country’s citizens. Key issues related to Myanmar’s ethnic minorities will be discussed and the way these have been handled as part of a peace building process that needs to precede any real nation building process. Specific barriers to democratic development will also be highlighted in relation to issues such as representation and participation in political processes and corruption.

2015 is a key time for Myanmar when national elections are scheduled and ASEAN integration is planned. The question is whether Myanmar will be ready for a full democratic transition that will signal a new future for a country shielded for so long from public scrutiny and external observation.


Professor Kerry J. Kennedy is Research Chair Professor of Curriculum Studies and Director of the Centre for Governance and Citizenship at HKIEd. He has been a consultant to UNESCO providing advice on the development of new education legislation for Myanmar as part of the Comprehensive Sector Education Review. In November 2013 he gave a presentation in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on legislative reform proposals.


All are welcome!


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** UNESCO Research Seminar Series is a HKIEd 20th Anniversary Celebratory Event, which is jointly organized by: the UNESCO Chair in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Lifelong Learning, the UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre (HK), the UNESCO Arts-in-Education Observatory for Research in Local Cultures and Creativity in Education (RLCCE) , Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development, and Centre for Governance and Citizenship.