ISLAMABAD: A total of 25 literacy centres have been established in Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi to impart literacy and basic vocational and technical know-how to the prisoners.
Each centre will enrol 25 inmates who will then be trained in a variety of occupations. They will also be taught basic skills in computer through short courses of three to four weeks. Admissions to the centres have already begun.
Literacy and skill to prisoners is part of a Punjab government initiative of “Better education for all”.
The programme executive director Syed Ijaz Husain Shah said similar literacy centres will be established in all prisons across the province, to make prisoners into useful and law abiding citizens.
These prisoners will be able to start small businesses (requiring low financial investment) and manage technical and technological service centres after they finish their jail terms.
Shah said each of the 1,000 prisoners in Adiala Jail will be trained.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 3rd, 2011.