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Title:A model for learning and teaching - rights and responsibilities in the new legal order
Author:Axam Jr., TonyISNI
Year:2001
Periodical:South African Journal on Human Rights
Volume:17
Issue:3
Pages:404-420
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:democracy
legal education
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02587203.2001.11827632
Abstract:This article discusses the Street Law/Democracy For All programme operated from the School of Law at the University of Witwatersrand and the role such programmes can play in shaping the legal and social culture in South Africa. The programme is designed to train law students to impart basic legal concepts to the average citizen - from twelve-year-old primary-school students to convicted felons in prisons, to community activists. This article is specifically concerned with the interrelationship between the law and education. It explores how the Street Law/Democracy For All programme introduces mutually reinforcing themes of democracy to students in the form of subjects, as well as in the process of their learning experiences. It also examines how holistic programmes such as Street Law/Democracy For All can have an impact on the social values of law students, and ultimately the society at large. The article concludes that Street Law/Democracy For All serves as an excellent model for advancing democratic values in education and in society and should therefore be actively promoted as a component of law school curricula. Notes, ref., sum.
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