At the start of July 2019, the Centre welcomed a group of ten Grade 11 learners from the Leaders Quest programme. These young people had all expressed an interest in pursuing a legal career. Over two days, the CFCR team shared insights into life as a legal professional, and offered career guidance. The team also provided fundamental information for individuals seeking to pursue a law degree at university. A crash course in the role of the Constitution in South Africa culminated in a lively moot court competition, where the pupils exercised what they had learnt. Each learner also received a hard copy of the Constitution, as a memento of their time spent with the CFCR.
The Job Shadowing Programme further included a tour of Parliament, where learners had an opportunity to hear about the inner workings of the national legislature. A greater appreciation for the work of legal professionals – as well as the country’s politicians – was instilled.
The annual Job Shadowing Programme is one of the ways that the CFCR works to empower young, bright minds. Firstly, by providing the tools and information that will hopefully assist them in pursuing a challenging yet rewarding career in the legal field. Further, the CFCR makes use of the Programme to introduce these young people to their Constitution, and make them aware of their constitutionally-enshrined rights and responsibilities.
The CFCR team looks forward to welcoming a second group of learners in September 2019.
Issued by the Centre for Constitutional Rights
15 July 2019