The Dullah Omar School was conceptualized to achieve the following:
The inaugural Dullah Omar School was held in Johannesburg, in March 2015, and provided a significant learning platform to more than 120 participants from community advice offices across all the provinces in South Africa. Two schools have been held since then.
Contributors to the school, including key organisations working on human rights issues, were invited to provide teaching input on five important content areas that paralegals often encounter in their dealings with communities. The content areas included Labour Law, Social Security and Assistance, Family Law, Local Government and Using the Paralegal Manual.
Another stream of the work was to develop a national Education and Training strategy, which would formalize and develop the capacity of the paralegal sector. Invited guest speakers from academic institutions, provided input and presentations highlighting their experiences and lessons learnt in formalizing the accreditation of non-professional entities. Academic institutions will continue to provide guidance and assistance towards regulating the content and supporting accreditation.
In the 2016 the Black Sash piloted the citizen-based monitoring course modules, and in 2017 we piloted the advocacy module.
The 2017 Dullah Omar School was made possible with funding from the CS Mott Foundation and the Open Society Foundation - South Africa.