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New legal education material on land rights piloted!
On the 6th of June, MRLG’s Learning and Alliance Building (L&A) group on Legal Education held its wrap-up workshop at the Faculty of Laws and Political Sciences (FLP), National University of Laos.
Since September 2015 the multi-stakeholder working group led by the FLP’s Clinical Education Center (CLE) with representatives from CLE, Ministry of Justice, National Assembly, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Lao Women’s Union and Village Focus International has exchanged and developed a training manual on land rights with pilots for training of trainers and village dissemination.
Associate Professor Sengphet Outhai, Vice Dean of the FLP, opened the meeting stating the importance of legal education to make rural people aware of their own rights. He commented on the results of this L&A that will benefit government at central and local levels. In his final remark, he ensured FLP’s further commitment and willingness to cooperate with MRLG in providing legal education to people.
Mr Souliyanh Lounchantha, Director of the Clinical Education Center (CLE) of the FLP reported on the implementation and outcomes of the activity.
The objective was two-fold: to develop a comprehensive manual for land rights legal education and to train trainers. The activity was implemented in four stages: (i) Collection and compiling of training tools and materials from various stakeholders (ii) training of trainers (iii) Piloting (iv) and lessons learnt and sharing experience.
After the development of the tools, CLE conducted the first TOT for master trainers at central level, and then TOT for provincial and district trainers by selected master trainers. The trained provincial and district trainers provided training for villages’ and community leaders in three target villages of Feuang District, Vientiane Province.
The 3 village Nai Bans joined the wrap up workshop. When asking how they felt being part of the pilot, they commented on how useful the training was and how other villages in their area would like the same. They also want to see more manuals which describe Lao Law.
After nine months of L&A activity, 12 master trainers, 15 provincial and 5 district trainers, and 15 community leaders were trained. Training materials, including training manuals, posters, and calendars has been designed and tested successfully.
The next step for this activity is that CLE will proceed to have the training materials accredited by the Ministry of Education to be eligible to be mainstreamed into relevant education courses in the future.