25 February 2019

The Hardap Correctional Facility received two computers and two printers from Telecom Namibia valued at N$30,500. The computers will be used in the education division for inmates’ accelerated learning in computer literacy studies, facilitate and enhance educational activities at the facility amongst others.

Officer in Charge of the Hardap Correctional Facility Deputy Commissioner Leonard Mahundu said the facility has 50 inmates enrolled in the educational programme and they were unable to meet their educational needs due to a lack of educational materials and equipment.

`The overall objective of offender education in Namibia Correctional Service is to address in an innovative way the educational needs of all offenders as identified through the educational assessment process. It forms an integral part of the overall rehabilitation strategy of the Namibia Correctional Service,” explained Deputy Commissioner Mahundu.

He said the donation would enable the education officers to provide the offenders with a conducive study environment.

Head of Corporate Communications and Public Relations Telecom Namibia, Oiva Angula, said promoting the rehabilitation and human development of prisoners is not just the task of the Namibia Correctional Service, but is a societal responsibility.

`It is important to empower our youth in conflict with the law with education, scarce and critical skills development support in order to enhance their rehabilitation process and opportunities for sustainable social and economic reintegration upon release, parole and probation,” said Angula.

The donation was received by Superintendent Taukondjele Mateus on behalf of the Hardap Correctional Facility who expressed gratitude for the donation, saying the inmates enrolled in the education programme at the facility will appreciate the donation.

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