Being a part of the Education team means you go into schools and alternative education facilities all over Wellington and teach young people about the law and their rights.
Hear from Pareesha below:
I first got involved with the CJP after hearing about it at law camp. The leaders were so passionate about each of their project areas it convinced me to get involved. I love meeting new people and telling lame jokes so the Education team was a perfect fit! Being a part of the Education team means you go into schools and alternative education facilities all over Wellington and teach young people about the law and their rights. We do this via games with chocolate on hand to bribe people into participating.
To be able to use the knowledge gained from my law degree and give back to the community in a practical way has been incredibly rewarding.
It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of assignments and tests at law school but if you get to take some time out of your day to go make a real difference to people it makes it all worthwhile. Getting to meet and talk to a variety of young people from all sorts of backgrounds has been a real highlight. Going into a school or alternative education facility you never know if you’re going to end up doing the teaching or getting taught. In fact, I think I’ve probably learnt more from the young people I’ve met than they’ve learnt off me.
The best moments for me are when you’ve been going to see the same class or group for a few sessions and they begin to get comfortable with you and ask questions about anything and everything. While some of the questions are very left field, for the most part they open a discussion about something the students really care about and are genuinely interested in. Being able to engage with them, show you respect their ideas and are willing to listen and see the students engaging with you is super rewarding.
Everyone should get involved in the CJP, there are so many teams and projects that there’s something for everyone. Being part of the Education team has definitely enhanced my time at law school. Volunteering for the past four years has been one of my favourite things and I highly recommend it!
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