120 Community Advice Office paralegals from around South Africa attended the Inaugural Dullah Omar School from 9 - 13 March 2015 at the Stay City Hotel, Berea, Johannesburg.
The School offered participants an opportunity for learning; engaging around practice; enhancing activism; a space to share tools and educational materials; networking and expanding referral systems; exposure to relevant and other legal instruments and the space for collecting issues for further advocacy.
The School, which will be conducted annually, aims to build a new cadre of community advice practitioners; hence we actively seek to involve attendees that are younger than 35 years; as well as women. As part of the School, seasoned paralegals will engage in developing a medium to long term Education and Training strategy for Community Based Paralegals.
The School is convened by the Association for Community Advice Offices of South Africa (ACAOSA) in partnership with the Black Sash.
The Dullah Omar School has benefitted from the generous support of C. S. Mott Foundation, the D.G. Murray Trust and a range of NGOs and tertiary institutions.
About ACAOSA/ Nadcao
The Association of Advice Offices of South Africa (ACAOSA), as the official voice of the Community Advice Office Sector, is a national non-profit membership organisation. Launched in 2013, with support from Nadcao, ACAOSA has a footprint in all 9 provinces through provincial councils elected by Community Advice Offices.
Nadcao started in 2005 as an intervention by human rights organisations and donors and remains committed to the long term development and sustainability of the community advice office sector in South Africa.