Central to the work of the EELC is advancing access to justice through the provision of advice services to marginalised individuals and communities. In addition, the Centre acts as a source of referral for EE members and supporters who encounter prejudicial or otherwise unlawful conduct in their schools. The EELC runs a specialist education law clinic, providing advice to clients nationally. The EELC also runs a series of community-based workshops on education law and constitutional rights across the country.
The EELC provides legal support to its sister organisation, Equal Education (EE), a democratic social movement of parents, teachers and high school learners (known as Equalisers). As movement lawyers, the EELC provides legal advice and support, including but not limited to strategic litigation, to further EE’s campaigns for equal and quality education.
Legal Research and Advocacy
The EELC uses legal research and advocacy to advance the right of access to education. This is done through participating in events around key issues in education, monitoring national and provincial legislatures, and making submissions on draft legislation and policy impacting on education. The EELC also publishes research reports to advance knowledge in the education sector.