The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is a West African organization which promotes democratic values. OSIWA “believes that it best serves by sustaining catalytic and innovative initiatives that add value to the efforts of West Africa’s civil society.” OSIWA also believes in the value of cooperation with similarly minded groups and governments. OSIWA covers 18 countries, which include the 15 members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), as well as Cameroon, Chad, and Mauritania. It supports civil society communities and advocates to governments on issues of governance; law, justice and human rights; public health and development; information, communication technology, and media.
The IMATT College Laws Department is partnering with Open Society Initiative for West Africa in promoting adequate understanding of the law across Sierra Leone. IMATT College is championing the Street Laws Public Legal Education Programme in Sierra Leone. The Street Laws Public Legal Education Programme is funded by Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).
The fundamental purpose of the Street Laws Public Legal Education Programme is to ensure that the layman in the street has an adequate understanding of the laws of Sierra Leone. At IMATT College, we believe that adequate understanding of the law is the foundation to a violent-free society. Therefore, the knowledge of the laws should not only be in the hands of legal practitioners but also to the layman in the street.