Open and Distance Education (ODL) in Prisons

Submission of recommendations to include Prisons on Open and Distance Education (ODL) to the Ministry of Education (MoE) Headquarters.

In November, 2011, PFF lobbied the MoE and tendered in a concept note to influence it to document, and operationalize ODL in the Zambian Prisons too. The Board members contended that there was need for such a move because it would empower inmates while they are serving, such that by the time they will be leaving prisons, they would have acquired some minimal qualification to enable them find formal or informal jobs that would earn them a living and support themselves and their families. PFF used membership contributions to do this work in terms of transport costs etc. members contribution

Registration of Mukobeko maximum security Prison with the Technical, Educational, Vocational, Entrepreneurship and Training Authority (TEVETA)

PFF had observed that the inmates that were training in the limited skills training were not being trade tested, meaning that even when they finished serving their sentences, it was difficult still for them to find formal jobs as they lacked the certificates to act as proof of their course attainment. In view of the foregoing, on 4th march, 2009, PFF applied to TEVETA to have Mukobeko maximum Security Prison registered as a Trades training centre. The fund was from members’ individual contributions. An inspection was conducted in June and on 28th October, 2009; the Director Standards TEVETA confirmed the registration of maximum Prison as a Trades Testing Centre – TVA653. The service is currently benefitting the inmates.

10.24 In December, 2009, PFF had meetings of partnership with Society for Family Health to explore chances of extending the HIV prevention through male circumcision (MC) to the prisons. Consent was sought from the Ministry of health and the Commissioner of prisons. On 28th April, 2010 the project was launched by the Commissioner of Prison Mr. Percy Chato alongside the Director medical Health Services Dr. Chileshe, Dr. Manasseh represented SFH at Lusaka Central prison where over 150 inmates, 10 0fficers and their families accessed the service. The logistic support were from