FUOYE Law Students and Lecturers Provide Free Justice Education to Ekiti Secondary Schools

Students and faculty from the Faculty of Law at the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) conducted a community service initiative to provide free justice education to secondary school students across Ekiti State.

FUOYE Law Students and Lecturers Provide Free Justice Education to Ekiti Secondary Schools

Students and lecturers from the Faculty of Law at the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) have embarked on a community service initiative to educate secondary school students across Ekiti State on legal rights and responsibilities.

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Led by the FUOYE Law Clinic, an arm of the university dedicated to providing access to justice, the project aimed to impart practical legal knowledge while offering law students hands-on experience in legal practice. The initiative was supported by Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sunday Abayomi Fasina, emphasizing FUOYE's commitment to community engagement and legal education.

Dr. Ngozi Chinwe Ole, Director of the FUOYE Law Clinic, highlighted the project's significance in enhancing access to justice among secondary school students. "Our goal was to empower these students with essential legal knowledge, from understanding their rights in areas like cybercrime and bullying to knowing how to seek legal assistance when needed," Dr. Ole stated.

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The initiative, conducted pro bono, covered schools in Oye-Ekiti, Ilupeju-Ekiti, and Concentric International School. Students were grouped into teams, each focusing on critical legal topics such as domestic violence, criminal responsibility, cybercrime, and bullying. Through interactive sessions, FUOYE law students engaged with secondary school students, providing practical insights and addressing real-world legal issues affecting young people.

Reflecting on the impact of the initiative, Dr. Ole noted the enthusiastic response from students and their heightened awareness of legal rights. "Many students came forward with personal concerns, such as incidents of bullying, which our law clinicians are actively addressing," she explained. This proactive approach not only educated secondary students but also enabled law students to hone their advocacy skills under the mentorship of experienced legal professionals.

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The community service project not only aimed at educating but also aimed at identifying and addressing access to justice gaps among secondary school students in Ekiti State. By fostering a deeper understanding of legal rights and responsibilities, FUOYE Law Clinic hopes to empower young individuals to navigate legal challenges confidently.