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Six inmates receive certificates in Skills For Life Programme

Skills for Life recipients pictured with Superintendent of Prisons and Education and Rehabilitation programme coordinators during the programme’s closing ceremony and presentation of certificates. Photo: GIS/Ronnielle Frazer
Wakima Lettsome receiving his certificate of completion in the Skills for Life programme during the programme’s closing ceremony and presentation of certificates. Photo: GIS/Ronnielle Frazer
Wakima Lettsome receiving his certificate of completion in the Skills for Life programme during the programme’s closing ceremony and presentation of certificates. Photo: GIS/Ronnielle Frazer
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Six inmates at Her Majesty’s Prisons are the first cohort of a Skill for Life rehabilitative course.

The inmates received their certificates having completed the programme, which is accredited through National Health Service Solutions.

The Skills for Life course is as a result of significant work done by the Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL) on education and rehabilitation initiatives at Her Majesty’s Prisons. An educational and vocational programme was also launched to provide inmates at the prison with a structured curriculum.

Programme coordinator, Mr Walter D. Barrett said the course covered topics such as Money Management and Budgeting, Family Life, Substance Abuse Awareness, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Understanding Perception, and Personality Trait Identification.

Mr Barrett said, “At the end of the course, it is hoped that inmates enrolled in the programme would have gained added tools not only for life in prison, but more importantly, for life upon their release as they reintegrate into society.”

He added that the inmates enrolled in the first cohort of the Skills for Life class have exhibited positive behaviours, paving the way for others who will be starting the second cohort of the programme later this month.

He said, “Challenges will arise for any inmates while incarcerated, but with the right resources, these challenges can be overcome.”

The Skills for Life course teaches inmates how to navigate life’s various challenges and was created to nurture each participant though their sentence, evaluate their progress and offer whatever additional resources may be needed to further develop their cognitive skills and behaviour in a meaningful way. A refresher course will be held at the prison every six months.

Inmates who successfully participate in the Skills for Life programme are also offered a special incentive to take hold of the tools they receive from the course. This incentive comes in the form of their certificate, which not only indicates their completion of the programme, but can also be used as a pass for specific privileges as deemed appropriate by the Prison Superintendent both within and outside the prison.

The Ministry of Education and Culture is committed to providing high quality education and rehabilitative services so that everyone can have equitable access to educational opportunities.

4 Responses to “Six inmates receive certificates in Skills For Life Programme”

  • if the truth be spoken (16/05/2017, 22:44) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good incentives for all the inmates , hope it becomes mandatory that everyone participates.
    But what about the work Mr Virgin Gorda initiated? Is he given the assistance and the necessary material he needs inorder that they could move on thoroughly with the GED and SAT? Well if he is still there , I have some Booksfor the library.
  • qc (16/05/2017, 22:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    what about we who out here and have played by the rules
    • wize up (17/05/2017, 08:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ qc..are you saying its better on the inside: breakfast, lunch, dinner, smoke, recreation, education and 24 hour of security!!!!
  • Chain the gangster (17/05/2017, 09:32) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    A weed trimmer in their hand and a march to the roadside for cleaning up the VILLAGE would benefit the community and their sense of duty a whole lot more than lectures about life skills which they know but choose to ignore.


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