StreetLaw Workshop in Durban

Prior to the CLEA conference, the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) hosted a one day workshop on the StreetLaw programme. This was attended by academic staff and a number of law students from the University of Zululand joined the workshop.

Lindi Coetzee from the Nelson Mandela Metroplitan University in Port Elizabeth and Lloyd Lotz from UKZN facilitated the workshop to demonstrate how they teach their student to go out into the community and educate community members in one area of law. This, they refer to as “training the trainers”.

David McQuoid-Mason (UKZN) opened the workshop with some indicators of how people learn, whether they are university students or community members not taking a formal course of instruction. David demonstrated the pyramid of learning styles where only 5% of content form didactic formal lectures are retrained, compared to 90% of content when students are required to learn the material to the extent that they can teach that topic to someone.

Before getting into some practical work, we then considered a number of interactive teaching methods to provide examples we could draw from later in the day.

Small groups then worked on a lesson plan to devise an outline of what a 1 hour session would contain, which was then presented to the whole group. Three groups were formed and they each decided on a topic which ranged from educating consumers on their consumer rights, children on their rights, and the final group addressed the area of prisoners rights.

The session was well received and all delegates enjoyed the experience of doing a StreetLaw lesson plan, which, of course, is the best way to learn about the concept. The StreetLaw model has been rolled out across South Africa and in other African countries as well. Further information on the project can be found on the StreetLaw website.

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