In a bid to enhance the rehabilitation of inmates, the Kenya Prisons Service signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NGO Partners for care and Zetech University to provide education training to inmates in different recreational facilities across the Country.
This development comes amid plans by the Interior Ministry to convert the Kenyan prisons into a state corporation named Kenya Prisons Enterprise Corporation to manage the prison industries in Kenya, a step which will require the necessary IT skills for every area of specialization.
The MOU, signed by the Nairobi Regional Commander Wairimu Thang’ate (HSC), Zetech University Vice Chancellor Prof. Njenga Munene and Partners for Care Executive Director Samuel Wanjau, will see the NGO provide equipment including computers and additional resources while Zetech will provide competent trainers and a the course content to ensure the beneficiaries get the most out of the partnership. Meanwhile, the Prisons service will identify the trainees and ensure the classes are done as per the agreement.
Regional commander Madam Thang’ate lauded the firms for playing their role in community development by reaching out to those in prisons. She said, “The rehabilitation process is a critical time for offenders to reform and the provision of training in IT do a long way in enhancing the process; we believe that this collaboration will be fruitful for our clients.”
On his part, Zetech VC Prof. Munene highlighted the role institutions play in enhancing the community through education, “We are proud to use our expertise and resources to enrich the rehabilitation process. The deal comes at a time when the value of training in technology is critical for business and employment as well as in accessing government services and the inmates will greatly benefit from this initiative.” said Prof. Munene.
Underlining the need for modern resources to facilitate the training, Partners for Care Director Samuel Wanjau noted that his firm would ensure all the learning centres have the equipment required to run a successful training.
The agreement that has kicked off with training at the Kamiti, Industrial Area and Nairobi West prisons with plans to expand to other centres, will culminate in annual graduation ceremonies once the trainees successfully complete the course.