Literacy centres: Making prisoners literate and skilful

Published: February 3, 2011
Twenty-five literacy centres established in Adiala Jail.

Twenty-five literacy centres established in Adiala Jail.

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.

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  • Abu Abdullah
    Feb 3, 2011 - 1:41PM

    too little .. too lateRecommend

  • faqir hamim
    Feb 3, 2011 - 7:46PM

    providing any sort of education is never too little, and its never to late to learnRecommend

  • Abu Abdullah
    Feb 4, 2011 - 10:49AM

    @faqir hamim:
    you dint get my point brother:) I was implying that though its a good step but why to provide this opportunity to only 1025/ 1% prisoners out of a huge prison population (which is in access of 100K)
    It should be the right of every prisoner, and should have been done a long time ago. Recommend

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