CLASI provides ongoing training to law students (“teaching fellows”) from five law schools to facilitate workshops, classes, public debates and moot competitions in under-resourced schools and community centers around the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng. Our hope is to foster conversations that will help to restore agency and human dignity to people who have long been silenced, to build bridges across difference, and where there is conflict, to promote its non-violent resolution.
Incorporating contemporary constitutional debates in society through moot court competitions (simulated court hearings where participants play role of lawyers and present their case) and through art as a medium, the CLASI curriculum explores South African history and constitutional transformation, both in terms of political and social transformation. Using this curriculum as a base, CLASI encourages the development of critical analysis, reading, writing, and speaking skills, as well as dialogue, as an alternative to conflict. In this way, both the learners and the teaching fellows are exposed to dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and hands-on learning.