The Mass Education (Paralegals and Networking) is one of the units under the Directorate for Empowerment and Accountability. Its jobs entail coordinating training through seminars, workshops, media and advocacy programs for the Centre.
The Unit focuses on sensitization and awareness of members of the public and some specific groups in the society. The mass sensitization is carried out through weekly radio and TV programs, in addition to publications such as books, manuals, booklets, leaflets, posters, fliers, published by LHRC.
Similarly, the Unit aims at raising people’s awareness on various legal aspects that affect the people’s rights. To achieve this objective, the Unit facilitates several workshops and trainings at grassroots level, including training for Paralegals who are community members who volunteer to be trained on legal and human rights issues. Once trained, Paralegals become competent grassroots trainers and have the responsibility to empower their community on legal and human rights issues and assist their community to solve simple legal problems.
The Unit carries out different programs: Sensitization initiatives on legal and human rights issues to law enforcers, strengthening working partnership with media journalists, editors, media owners and individuals. Currently, LHRC has 28 paralegal districts Babati, Kiteto, Kilosa, Mvomero, Hanang’, Mbulu, Loliondo, Serengeti, Tarime, Geita, Ukerewe, Bariadi, Maswa, Makete and Ludewa,Nyasa, Mbinga, Tunduru, Namtumbo, Songea Rural, Masasi, Nanyumbu, Meatu, Simanjiro, Newala, Tandahimba, Singida Rural, Mtwara rural.
The unit coordinates a weekly television program known as PAMBANUA aired by Channel Ten every Wednesday at 09:00 pm to 09:30 pm as recorded program and one live program every month at 08:30pm to 09:30pm as a talk show to allow public to participate in the discussion. The unit coordinates a radio program known as Mlinzi wa Haki aired by Radio Free Africa on Saturdays.
Editors pay attention during a training on effects of Uranium to human health. The session was conducted by the Corporate and Government Unit in 2012.
Over the years, the Unit has built capacity of paralegals through workshops, meetings, follow-ups, monitoring and evaluation visits to impart monitors with up-to date and necessary skills and thus educate their community through variety of development activities ranging from households visits to village meetings. Trainings encompasses various aspects of laws and human rights including land rights law, law of marriage, inheritance, sexual offences, female genital mutilation (FGM), as well as duties of the Police, bail, court system and good governance. So far, LHRC has trained more than 400 Paralegals since establishment of its paralegals programs in 1996. Most of them have volunteered as Paralegals since then and continue to play an integral role in increasing awareness on legal and human rights issues in their communities.