Street Law’s international program portfolio
continues to grow as we collaborate with law schools, civil society
organizations, and governments around the world to teach about the law
and promote justice. Most recently, we have been working on compelling
projects in Haiti and Ukraine.
This month, with support from the International Bar Association (IBA), Street Law is helping a university in Haiti
implement a public legal education program. UNIFA (University of the
Aristide Foundation) was founded by former Haitian president
Jean-Bertrand Aristide and is dedicated to combating social injustice in
the country. Through the IBA program, UNIFA hired a law professor to
run a public legal education outreach program in which law students
teach practical legal topics to high school students. Recently, Street
Law organized a two-day intensive training in Washington, DC, for a
Haitian professor in order to build teaching capacity and provide a
number of practical resources and tools for use with law students.
Street Law will continue to support the professor and the university as
the program continues and hopefully expands.
In Ukraine, Street Law is
working with Pact International, a coalition of five local NGOs, and the
Ministry of Education and Science (MOES) to develop a new civics
curriculum for Ukrainian students. The capstone project is a
newly-required 10th grade civics course that will eventually be rolled
out nationwide. The project will also introduce civics topics and
competencies into classrooms for students of all ages. Executive
Director Lee Arbetman, Global Program Manager Ben Perdue, and Street Law
Board Member and Tufts University Professor Peter Levine traveled to
Kiev last October to lead workshops on effectively using
student-centered and participatory teaching methodologies in civic
education. They will make two more trips in the next six months to train
teacher trainers, create and implement program assessments, and present
findings and results to all stakeholders.
Questions about Street Law's global programs? Contact Ben Perdue.
Image Caption: UNIFA - Haiti