While legal aid is vital and important, it would be futile without legal education. The aim of Legal Education is to manage, package and disseminate information on ULA (U) activities, programmes, the law, land rights and gender issues.
ULA carries out legal awareness among communities of their land rights and responsibilities with the aim of empowering them to access the law and to influence direction of policies in their districts, as well as in the country.
Awareness sessions are carried out by both staff at the Secretariat and those at the LRICs.
The awareness sessions are also conducted through the radio programmes. Community Radio is also used to disseminate information to a wide group and at the same time encouraging community debate on land issues.
Training of traditional Authorities and Local Councils
ULA notes that, one of the key service deliverers in the communities are the traditional authorities and local Councilors. They have public trust and dispense justice within their communities. ULA targets traditional leaders and Councilors in most of its programmes, as they particularly handle land disputes. They are trained in land law and land rights and how to handle land disputes amicably. The aim of this is to promote the observance and protection of people’s land rights. These traditional leaders and councilors, in addition to handling land disputes also sensitize communities on their land rights.
Information, Education and communication (IEC) materials:
The awareness sessions are also complemented with IEC materials which are simplified, translated in various local languages and disseminated to the communities. These materials are in form of booklets and posters, carrying different messages on land Rights.
These act as reference materials for the paralegals, traditional leaders and the communities, even when ULA is not on the ground.
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