On December 22, 2019, the IUCA hosted the first competition among schoolchildren who took the Street law course (in Kyrgyzstan, the course is called “We and the Law”) – the Brain Ring. Street law appeared in IUCA in March 2019 as part of the Legal Clinic of the Jurisprudence Department. The first stage was the passage of students studying the direction of “Law” in the basics of teaching the course “We and the Law” for students. After that, the schools where this course will be held were identified, prefabricated classes were formed, students were distributed, and classes began.The competition was held among students of the 9th grade of schools No. 6 (team “Business Age”) and No. 12 (team “Themis”) of Tokmok city. Pupils showed excellent knowledge of law, which they received as part of the course “We and the Law”. The winner was the team of school No. 12 “Themis.” Students received certificates, diplomas and valuable prizes. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to their coaches!What is street law? – This is a program that teaches non-lawyers the law, the legal system, the fundamental principles and values on which constitutional democracy is based. Street Law is an education in an accessible and understandable language, using interactive techniques.A prerequisite for the emergence of programs was the decline in the value of human life, the loss of the value of human rights and freedoms after the Vietnam War, when there were more cases of killings, beatings, and riots in the United States, especially in the black quarters.The Street Law program dates back to 1972, when the founders of this program, law students at Georgetown University, decided to teach the population the basics of law. At present, the Street Law program operates in 35 countries of the world, such as countries of Europe, Africa, the CIS, Mongolia, etc. The Street Law program in the world has different names, for example, in the Russian Federation “Living Law”, in the USA “Popular Law”, in the South African Republic, “Practical Law”, etc., and we have it under the name “We and the Law”. In the Kyrgyz Republic, Street Law has been in place since 1998. The program “We and the Law – Street Law” makes extensive use of interactive methods on the basis of which lessons are taught.
The Street law program solves the following tasks:
- Provides a practical understanding of law and the judiciary, which will be useful to students in their practical lives;
- Teaches students how to interact fruitfully with adults and other members of the local community;
- Develops students’ communication skills, problem solving and critical thinking;
- Improves students’ understanding of the role that law plays in the legal system, parliament, a lawyer, representatives of law enforcement agencies and other people;
- Encourages students to become active citizens of their country.
Advantages of Street law for school:
- The content and methods of Street Law increase the interest of students and their ability to assimilate material;
- Street Law ensures compliance with the requirements for studying the political and legal system. Street Law may meet national civic standards;
- Street Law can help reduce discipline problems in schools.