Paralegal Qualifications Permit Wide Opportunites – Like In Africa
Indeed one of the key attributes for paralegal qualifications is that it is a qualification that can permit travel to interesting countries where paralegal work is on offer.
Take Tanzania for instance. As IPP report, After a long struggle, rural dwellers in Tanzania are now enjoying legal aid services delivered by well-trained paralegals. Victims of human rights violations, who used to travel long distances in search of legal assistance can now access the services more nearby – at ward and division levels—through paralegals.
The paralegals are currently being trained by legal aid organisations that received funds from the Legal Services Facility (LSF), a basket funding mechanism, which provides financial support to legal aid providers in Tanzania.
Recruitment and training of paralegals, using a comprehensive National Paralegal Training Manual, is going on, with LSF officials saying that presently around 2,500 paralegals are in training, but already functional and deployed to provide legal aid services in 110 districts of the country.
“All I can say is that there is a bright future for rural people, who have suffered for years – denied access to their economic and social rights, experienced all sorts of brutality pioneered by law enforcement agents and local government leaders,” said Justin Damian, the chairman of Investigative Journalists Union of Tanzania (IJUTA).
“On top of that, legal aid services offered by paralegals will also relieve rural women from sexual abuses, beatings by husbands and so forth,” he added in an exclusive interview with this paper.
Experts say a long-time struggle by rural people to access justice has been held back by limited funds to facilitate paralegal training and uncoordinated and unstructured paralegal training, among other forces.
These shortfalls have been subjecting rural dwellers to multiple problems—deprivation of their land, divorce, inheritance and matrimonial rights, just to mention a few.
However, in the wake of on-going paralegal training sponsored by the LSF, rural dwellers have begun seeing some light ahead, as legal services have moved closer to their localities.
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