The CLRDC’s multi-faceted training programmes are aimed at enhancing understanding of broader human rights, democracy and improved access to information required to sustain participation in socio-economic platforms. In addition, the CLRDC ensures establishment and support of institutionalized Community-based Advice Offices (CAOs) as local centres for enhancing democracy and rural development for equitable access to justice in rural communities of KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape Provinces. In this way, CLRDC contributes to its beneficiaries’ ability to shape their own destiny. CLRDC offers a specialised training in Human Rights, Leadership and Governance.
- Formal Training
- On Site Training
- Continued Paralegal Education (CLE)
- Community Training
Capacity Building Training
The capacity building responsibility lies with the Community Relations Department which has continued to maintain good relation with partner communities to facilitate effective co-operation and to liaise with rural paralegal committees and local power structures.
CLRDC did not embark on training a new group of paralegals in 2001, but rather focused on strengthening its exisiting paralegal offices.
The stages involved in identification and establishment of partner communities also include:
- scheduled meetings with local power structures in proposed partner communities
- conducting a full presentation detailing detailing the work of the CLRDC to the leadership and the community at large
- guiding and assisting the community to demecratically elect a five member paralegal committee
- liaising and assisting newly elected committees to advertise for the positions of and shortlist community paralegals
- participating with committees in interviews and selection process to hire paralegals.
Joint Paralegal and Paralegal Committee Training
The paralegal committee members were trained on capacity building to equip them with legal and management skills. During the workshop, Paralegal Committees were also orientated on the use of the Paralegal Committees training manual which was produced by the Community Relations Department.
Paralegal Committee Audit and Evaluation
The Paralegal Committee Audit/Evaluation was completed in April 2001. A report of the findings was compiled and Paralegal Committees were graded according to their performance in particular, the responsibility and support for the office:
The committees were graded as follows:
- regularity of meetings;
- involvement and support for paralegals in communities education;
- liaison with local leadership and CLRDC; and
- attendance at meetings
Paralegal Committee Training
Apart from the joint training workshop help annually, paralegal committee training is a continuous process. Strengthening of the existing paralegal committees is CLRDC priority, helping them become viable and effective structures within the community.
Meetings and Trouble Shooting
The CLRDC continued to schedule regular and special meetings with paralegals and paralegal committees. The meeting are held for cautious reasons ranging from resolving disputes and on-site training for new paralegals committee members. There is constant liaison with partner organisations to keep them abreast of new developments, especially on matters that have an impact on the, the paralegals and communities.
CLRDC was invited to conduct a presentation on its programmes by Ndondakusuka Municipal Council in mandeni and in Mzumbe Regional Authority.