COMMUNITY-BASED LEGAL EDUCATION PROGRAM UNDERWAY IN AMHARA REGION

APAP was able to give legal aid to a total of 9,330 persons at its nine legal aid centers throughout the year 2008. Of these, about half were women.

APAP is currently implementing an eight-week community-based legal educational program in two of the major cities of the Amhara Region: Bahir Dar and Gondar. Implementation of the program kicked off on August 09, 2008. APAP is offering the course in collaboration with the senior-year law students of the Bahir Dar and Gondar Universities, who are doing the teaching.

A total of 350 trainees, 280 of them female, are participating in the program. These beneficiaries were drawn from the women’s associations, youth clubs, and youth forums in the two cities.

The educational program is aimed at introducing basic legal concepts to the various members of the communities in these cities, so that they will be fully aware of their rights—as well as the rights of others—and protect them. APAP is using the street law books that it recently revised and the training manual it prepared on the Right to Adequate Housing.

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