CLASI strives to engage communities in conversations about our Constitution grounded in local and global social, political and economic realities. CLASI also aims to build the capacity of the facilitators of these conversations by providing them with rigorous training and opportunities for self-reflection. CLASI believes in the importance of constitutional literacy insofar as it promotes the realization of human dignity, critical skills development, improved access to justice, and conflict resolution.
CLASI facilitates constitutionally-based education with high school learners and communities around South Africa. CLASI also liaises with civil society, universities, and government to advocate for more accessible and effective constitutional literacy programmes.
- Skills Development
To develop skills of critical thought, comprehensive reading, and persuasive writing and speaking in workshop participants, as well as museum curation, interviewing, research, and a variety of artistic skills.
- Meaningful Constitutional Dialogue
To host debates, moot court competitions, Campaigns and seminars in which issues of constitutional importance can be explored, attracting more learners and communities into more meaningful constitutional dialogue using art, history, social media and language access.
- Constructive Collaboration
To collaborate constructively with relevant governmental stakeholders to deliver on promises of quality education and access to justice for poor communities.
To advocate for greater and more effective constitutional literacy programmes.
- Democracy, Participation, Mobilization
This principle reminds us that the people have the power to shape their social, economic and political realities through meaningful engagement and participation. It holds us accountable and assembles our collective consciousness to the constitution as the very embodiment of our people’s aspirations, and an effective tool for ensuring access to an equal and quality life for the South African citizenry.
- Literacy, Critical Consciousness, Action
This principle reminds us that our collective futures are stitched together by various forms of epistemological wakenings. It is through knowledge that society develops into itself, it is activated, transferred, shared, utilized and realized. Knowledge brings us to moments of awaking and realization; it forms solidarities and activates flows of collective human agency. It is through knowledge that life changing actions are born, making change a lived reality.
- Liberated Voices, Humanizing Spaces
This principle allows us to awaken the mother-mind, to approach the grey metta of human existence, unleashing its potential and recognizing every voice as a significant part of a whole. It allows us to engage with the complexities of power relations and how these manifest in the world, how they influence the social geographies and spatial configuration of our lived realities. It reminds us of the subaltern narrative still to be born and engages us in the conversation of our own humanity. This principle propels to stay ever on path with a humanizing discourse as we make contact with people from all walks of life.