Black Sash Media Statements

Dullah Omar School for the Community Advice Office Sector


The Association for Community Advice Offices of South Africa (ACAOSA) and Black Sash is hosting the inaugural Dullah Omar School for the Community Advice Office Sector

FOR RELEASE 9th March 2015

120 Community Advice Office paralegals from around South Africa are attending the Inaugural Dullah Omar School from 9 - 13 March 2015 at the Stay City Hotel, Berea, Johannesburg.

The School offers 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 aims to build a new cadre of community advice practitioners; hence all the attendees are younger than 35 years and we actively seek to involve women.

As part of the School, 20 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 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.

About the Black Sash

The Black Sash started in 1955 as a human rights organisation in the struggle against apartheid and celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. It operated for 40 years as a female membership organisation and became an NGO in the 1990s. The Black Sash mission and objectives are implemented through three interconnected programmes, each building on one another: 1) Rights based Information, Education and Training; 2) Community Monitoring; and 3) Advocacy in Partnership. Political, social and economic policies and systems are changed to better serve the needs of all people living in South Africa; to promote social solidarity, and operate from the basis of human rights and social justice principles. Black Sash works in partnership with around 400 Community Based Advice Offices, CBOs and network.

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