By Solister Mogha
MANA: Twenty-Seven Prisoners from Zomba Maximum Prison have graduated in three vocational disciplines of carpentry and joinery, barbering and tailoring and designs.
The inmates graduated on Monday at ceremony held at Zomba Prison Ground.
With support from Des Deutschen Volkshochschul-Verbandes e.V (DVV) International, the Malawi Prison is implementing adult learning in Prison Programme that targets inmates below the age of 18.
Speaking at the ceremony DVV Regional Director for the Southern Africa, David Harrington said prisons are not places meant to punish people but rather transform them into better human beings.
David said considering the fact that prisoners have limited access to education, DVV partnered with Malawi Prison to provide inmates with some soft skills that would enable them support themselves after prison life.
“The main objective of this programme is to reduce recidivism. Many people commit crimes again after prison due to poverty,” said Darlington.
Apart from the vocational training, prisoners were also equipped with some communication, business and conflict resolution skills for their better integration into the society.
Commissioner for Prison Responsible for Administration, Dezio Makumba said the training would apart from assisting prisoners earn a loving after prison help in decongesting Malawi Prisons.
Makumba said the reason why many people return to prisons is because they become idle, with nothing economic to do, hence engage in criminal activities.
The Commissioner hailed DVV for supporting the programme that would bring great change in regards to Malawi prison service.