Kenya prison

Improving prisoner education

15th May 2019 | Blog

1,460 of the brand new books you helped to send to Zimbabwe in 2018 are now being used by inmates studying in 22 prisons across the country. Their prisons offer classes at primary and secondary level to help them learn and  improve their chances of finding employment when they are released. Over 2,000 prisoners are currently attending the classes and working towards a brighter future.

Here, three people involved in prisoners’ education in Zimbabwe told us what they thought about the new books.

 

Kenya prison
Inmates move around a prison compound in Kenya

 

“Before, Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services had a critical shortage of modern textbooks,” says Kudakwashe Zvidzayi, Chief of Staff Officer for Education at Zimbabwe Prison & Correctional Services (ZPCS).

“Now, the prison libraries possess quality books and have added value to learning: inmates have good learning materials and teachers have reference books to enhance their research. The books have enhanced the quality of learning and teaching in prison schools.”

The books have enhanced the quality of learning and teaching in prison schools.

Choosing a book in a prison library
Selecting books in a prison library in Sierra Leone

 

Prison Education Officer Mr Philip Chikikwa says the new books have made a big difference for learners:

“[Without these books] the prisoners would have struggled to further their education.  The teaching staff would also find it difficult to widen their knowledge.”

[Without these books] the prisoners would have struggled to further their education.

“Certainly this donation of books will go a long way in meeting the demands of the New Primary and Secondary Curriculum in our thrust to enhance quality education,” says Deputy Commissioner-General Alford Mashango Dube. “Given this donation, our learners and teachers will have their reading and research needs well enriched.’’

Given this donation, our learners and teachers will have their reading and research needs well enriched.

Find out more about our work to support prisoners and how we support readers in Zimbabwe using the links below.

 

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