This project was aimed at providing pro bono legal aid for the poor and marginalized sectors of the society. The service had included legal advice and legal representation in court for citizens with low financial status. The centre had conducted researches and looked into cases that warrant public interest litigation.
OSJE designed the project and had been involved in all aspects of the legal aid centre from developing its operational manual to designing action plan of the Centre. OSJE had also retained two lawyers which effectively provided legal services at the centre.
Since the establishment of the center up until the year 2008 the legal aid centre had provided its regular service ranging from oral legal advice to preparation of pleadings to its beneficiaries. In the year 2008 OSJE was involved in rendering legal aid service in the legal aid centre under the auspices of the Ethiopia Bar Association located in the premises of the Federal High Court under the Network of Legal aid providers
Donor to the project: Action Aid Ethiopia
OSJE in collaboration with Save the Children Sweden has undertaken a one month project which had the objective of making available a Child Rights Teaching Manual in Amharic, Oromiffa and English languages. The project included activities such as translating the English version of the Child Rights Module into Oromiffa and Amharic languages and soliciting children’s drawings on various child rights themes. OSJE selected 11 drawings from those submitted by the participating students and included them in the Module. A total of 1700 paper back copies of Child Rights Module in three languages was published. In addition, 1000 CD copies of the child version of the training manual which contain both Amharic and English versions was prepared. Event was also organized at Global Hotel to honour children who participated in the drawings. The paperback books and CDs were distributed to various stakeholders including schools, governmental bodies and non-governmental organizations who are working on child rights issues.