Since November 2011, IAN has been conducting computer courses for inmates in the women’s prison of Serbia, in Pozarevac.
The initiative for providing this training came from the Head of the women’s prison, who recognized the importance of educating and professionally empowering the women inmates in order to prepare them for leaving prison at the end of their sentences.
Classes are held twice a week. At the conclusion of each module, participants take a test and upon successfully passing all exams they obtain a certificate.
IAN's IT teacher Petar Jakovljević instructs the inmates. He reports: “The women are rather motivated and go through the curricula and the foreseen tasks even quicker than the average groups in IAN Telecentar”.
Programs that prepare inmates for the release from prison and for their post-penal adjustment and rehabilitation are important for their successful reconciliation. Because women that are released from prison are faced with a range of financial, social and psychological difficulties, including broken social connections, loss of jobs, homelessness, etc.
Often they do not receive any assistance from the state regarding employment or resolving other difficulties that hinder their inclusion into mainstream society.
By equipping them with the IT skills necessary for being successful in today’s work environment, IAN Telecentre is contributing in creating more opportunities for women prisoners and is helping them with a successful transition and social inclusion upon their release, thus also preventing re-offending.
As a member of Telecentre-Europe (TE), IAN embraced the opportunity to work in a prison primarily encouraged by the experiences of Esplai Foundation, another TE member from Spain. Esplai Foundation had shared their good practice of working in prisons at one of the previous TE summits and also transferred their lessons learned, experiences and methodology of working with prisoners through a partnership project that IAN conducted with Esplai Foundation in 2010/2011: Click to Europe.
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