Unam students train Tsumkwe West residents on human rights

08 Oct 2013 06:50am
WINDHOEK, 08 OCT (NAMPA) - About 30 San people from the Tsumkwe West community have completed a human rights and specific crimes training workshop offered by senior law students from the University of Namibia (Unam).
Speaking at the closing of the workshop on Saturday, Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Samuel Nuuyoma said such projects should be extended to all corners of his region as it will enlighten people in the region on matters such as human rights and the law in general.
He also expressed the hope that those who have undergone the training will assist in training other San community members, especially on critical rights such as the right to education, the right to dignity, the right to be heard in a court of law, the right to life and the right to property.
“You, the participants, should be the light and torchbearers who serve as the mouthpiece of your community in terms of legal matters. You should be the ones who bring change to the entire Tsumkwe community in the area of development and the areas of fostering peace and tranquillity for all of us,” he stressed.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, senior Law student Lovisa Ihalwa said the project formed part of their final year Legal Aid module, which comprises theory on legal advocacy and practical legal work. The class was divided into two ‘firms’ as part of the practical work, and Ihalwa’s firm was called Socrates.
The project consisted of 12 students who travelled to Tsumkwe every two weeks with prepared presentations on human rights as enshrined in the Namibian Constitution.
The ‘firm’ conducted a training workshop on human rights and specific crimes in the !Kung Traditional Authority in Tsumkwe West from June this year.
Ihalwa, who was the ‘manager’ of the Socrates law firm said participants were awarded certificates of attendance, and an evaluation was done after every session. On Saturday, interactive activities were carried out to evaluate the participants.
“The participants showed the wealth of knowledge they gained from the project, and said they are ready to share their knowledge with their respective communities,” she said.
Ihalwa said this exercise was a first for Unam final year students, and she hopes it will continue.
“We as Legal Aid students encourage the next students to take over and continue to impact other indigenous people for a better Namibia,” Ihalwa stated.