Modifying Human Rights and Legal Education Course for Human Rights and Legal Services, BRAC

In 2007, BRAC Human Rights and Legal Services (HRLS) programme conducted focus group discussions (FGD) in four areas of Bangladesh to comprehend the possible changes in the curriculum and the schedule of human rights and legal education (HRLE) course, and to have a guideline for an effective HRLE course. FGDs were conducted among the groups of learners, programme organizers (PO), staff lawyers (SL), local community leaders (LCL) of HRLS programme and male groups. This report is based on the key findings of those FGDs. These findings constitute the importance of different laws in the existing contents, reasons behind such importance, proposed schedule, problems faced in the course, and recommendations for HRLE course suggested by different groups. For giving more importance to any particular content, groups have stated the relevance of the content in their daily lives. POs, SLs and shebikas have recommended the duration of the course for twelve days and to reduce the allocated hours for each class. The problems faced in the course were mainly related to learners and shebikas, for example  less salary of the shebikas, lack of incentive for the learners, etc. The recommendations for a better HRLE course include improving the delivery method of the course, adding new laws, increasing the salary of the shebikas, etc.

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  • Writer Name: Sharin Shajahan Naomi and Seikh Tariquzzaman
  • Published Date: Tuesday, 20 December 2011
  • Country: Bangladesh