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Equal Education Law Centre

Khayelitsha, South Africa
Joined November 2017

Specialist pro bono law clinic using legal advocacy to advance the right to education in South Africa.

Presence in: South Africa
Focus: Education, Generalist Legal Services, Governance

The EELC is committed to building a society in which the quality of education received by learners is not dependent on their socio-economic status and their parents’ ability to pay school fees. Its overriding goal is to ensure the realisation of every learner’s right to an equitable, safe and adequate basic education by employing the law and the Constitution.

The EELC runs a pro bono law clinic, providing free legal advice to individuals and communities. The EELC also advocates for legislative and policy development in the education sector, including submissions to relevant government institutions, conducting legal and policy research related to our objectives and where possible, assisting communities, community-based organisations and other institutions in formulating their own policy and legal perspectives.

A vital part of the EELC’s core mission is “movement lawyering”, which entails a unique relationship with Equal Education (EE), a membership-based movement of learners (called Ëqualisers”) struggling for quality and equal education in South Africa. EE has provided a voice for learners, parents and communities to influence the changing landscape of South African education through grassroots leadership development, community building, media campaigns, policy analysis and contributions to parliamentary debates. The EELC provides legal advice and support to EE and Equalisers on a day-to-day basis, and utilises a variety of legal tools to advance EE’s campaigns.

People Associated With This Organization

Chandre Stuurman

South Africa  
Equal Education Law Centre (Unverified)
Joined August 2019
Interests: Education
I obtained my BA (Law) degree from Stellenbosch University in 2009, and completed my post-graduate LLB degree in 2011 at the same university. In 2011, I was a student researcher in the South African Property Law Research Chair headed by Professor AJ van der Walt, focusing on Constitutional Property Law, and in particular Section 25 of the Constitution. In addition, I was involved in the Financial Literacy Project of the University’s Legal Aid Clinic that aimed to empower farm workers.
I completed training at Shepstone & Wylie, Cape Town, 2012 to 2014, where I worked in, among others, in the Corporate & Commercial as well as the International Transport, Trade & Energy, Departments. I was admitted and enrolled as an attorney in the Western Cape High Court and has obtained Right of Appearance in the Western Cape High Court, in May and October 2014, respectively.
I joined the EELC in 2014. I am a passionate social justice lawyer with a drive to use the law as a tool for social justice and for equality in education. I focus my practice on legally empowering parents, learners and communities, and grassroots organisations to ensure that they know and understand their rights pertaining to education and education related matters.

Tarryn Cooper-Bell

South Africa  
Equal Education Law Centre (Unverified)
Joined August 2019
Interests: Education, Women's Rights
I am an attorney at the Equal Education Law Centre based in Cape Town, South Africa. Our organisation works towards realising the right to an equitable, safe and adequate basic education by employing both legal and non-legal mechanisms to assist individuals, communities, community-based organisations, and institutions.
My job entails advancing access to justice and legal empowerment in the field of education rights by undertaking strategic litigation, community lawyering, research, and advocacy to bring about sustained and systemic change in the education system in South Africa.

On a personal level, I have a passion for children's rights and access to justice, and have dedicated my legal career to fighting for these rights from a grassroots to a systemic level.
South Africa is a country of vast contrasts, and I believe that education is the most important tool in bringing about change and promoting equality at all levels of our society. I am privileged to be able to work with learners, our future leaders, and empower them with information and practical knowledge around their right to education and how this right can be realised.

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