Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust
Our vision is of an open and just society free from discrimination, where all people can meet their needs and realise their potential.
Our mission is to create opportunities for people in southern Africa to develop their full potential through education and the assertion of human rights.
Since 1981 we have awarded over 3000 postgraduate scholarships to southern African scientists, human rights lawyers, civil servants, educationalists, doctors and other professionals. Our regional network of 3000 alumni is sustained by our conferences, retreats and alumni associations.
Many of our scholars have gone on to become leaders in government, the private sector and civil society. They include Peter Katjavivi (1985), who set up Namibia's first university, later becoming the Namibian Ambassador to the EU; Zubeda Dangor (1996), Executive Director of the NISAA Institute for Women's Development, a South African women's and children's rights NGO; and Grace Chipalo-Mutati (2005), Consultant Orpthalmologist and Head of the Eye Unit at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia.
We have strong partnerships with civil society organisations in southern Africa who are working to empower some of the region's most marginalised communities.
The Legal Resources Centre is a leading South African public interest law firm conducting precedent-setting impact litigation on behalf of vulnerable people, promoting their basic rights to shelter, water, medical services, and freedom from violence.
Equal Education is a movement of learners, parents, teachers and community members working for quality and equality in South African education. They have led high-profile national campaigns on issues including school buildings and sanitation, and their Law Centre has engaged in pioneering public interest litigation to secure the right to education in South Africa.
The Wits Justice Project is an award-winning investigative team of journalists, lawyers and researchers based at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. They focus on criminal justice and combine advocacy, education, journalism and law to shed light on some of the most pressing issues facing the system.
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