APAP Gives Paralegals Refresher Course

APAP gave a refresher course to 76 paralegals and leaders of CBOs — of whom 34 were females — at Adama from October 23 to 25, 2009. The trainees were drawn from its ten resource centers, which are located in Addis Ababa as well as at Adama, Assela, Bahir Dar, Dire Dawa, Dessie, Hawassa, Jimma and Harar.

The refresher course was aimed not only at consolidating and refreshing the knowledge these paralegals and leaders of CBOs already had but also at facilitating the conditions necessary for them to share with one another their experiences in a meaningful manner.

Papers were thus presented by the participants and used as points of departure for the discussions that subsequently ensued. The implications that the new Charities and Civil Societies Proclamation could have for the operations of the resource centers in the future were also discussed. Furthermore, the paralegals discussed the relations that their mother community-based organizations and their respective resource centers could have, in light of the provisions of this Proclamation.

As usual, the trainees were given the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and share with one another their experiences. It is now common knowledge that APAP gives training to certain groups of people such as paralegals, students, CBO members and the like and that, after a few months, it also gives them refresher courses and thereby reinforces the knowledge and the skills they had acquired earlier.

APAP Gives Paralegals Training in Advocacy Skills

As part of its Focused Advocacy Program, APAP gave advocacy skills training to paralegals and other members of the CBOs at Adama from October 26 to October 29, 2009. The training was given to a total of 76 participants drawn from all operational areas of APAP. Of these, 34 were females.

The training was aimed at imparting to the paralegals and to the members of the CBOs the necessary knowledge and skills on how to work with civil-society organizations (CSOs) and other CBOs toward the reduction of poverty and the ensuring of the respect of human rights.

The outcome of the training will hopefully serve APAP as an input to the proper undertaking of its future advocacy activities. The outcome, of course, is that the trainees will eventually be able to design an advocacy strategy based on the skills they have acquired from the training given to them. Then, based on that strategy, APAP will be able to undertake advocacy-related activities jointly with them.

APAP Gives Refresher Course to Paralegals at  Durame

As part of its Legal Empowerment Program, APAP gave a refresher course to 57 paralegals at the town of Durame, in the Welayita Zone of the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Regional State (SNNPRS) September 21-25, 2009. Of these, 19 were females.

The refresher course was given on the premises of the Kembate Minte Gezmi Etopie (KMG), the beneficiaries being mainly the paralegals who are serving at the resource centers jointly established by APAP and KMG, a local NGO that is carrying out various human-rights- and development-related activities in several woredas of the zone. The center is now being run by KMG.

The objective of the course was to discuss not only the main problems that the paralegals had encountered while they were rendering basic legal services but also to update and refresh their knowledge of certain basic legal principles—in addition to helping them handle more efficiently the cases that often come to them.

The course was given in collaboration with KMG. Besides the paralegals, a total of six judges who were drawn from the woreda’s courts and the high courts, a few police officers, officials of the women’s affairs office and of other offices were also able to benefit from the course. That, of course, was done in the hope that they could use it to better fulfill their respective duties.

The course consisted of the following:

  • The court structures of both the federal and the regional states;
  • The Family Law;
  • The Succession Law;
  • The Law of Contract;
  • The Procedure of Appeals in both Criminal and Civil Cases; and
  • Writing Skills—especially as they relate to the writing of letters of application.

The sessions were lively, in that the participants raised certain issues that were particular to their locality and shared with one another their experiences.

At the end of the course, the participants were given certificates. At the certificate-handing-out ceremony, many of them expressed their satisfaction with the way the course was given to them. One of them, in particular, said, “There is no doubt whatsoever that we have been able to acquire valuable knowledge that would be very useful to us in the future.”

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