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UNDP strengthen 226 Inmates in South Sudan prison to sustains lives

Juba, Nov. 24 (The Nation Mirror) - United Nations Development Programs (UNDP) has strengthened livelihood of 226 Inmates and prison staff in South Sudan central prison to enable them sustained income, as economy and humanitarian situation continue to embattle the youngest African republic.

Tiodolar Kiden, proudly said while clutching her certificate of tailoring, that the course has changed her life.

“I joined the tailoring course in February and was released from prison in April. I am back in Kajo-Keji and have started my small tailoring shop to support my family. Said Kiden.  “I am really happy to get this opportunity to learn and do something for myself and my family.”

The National Prisons Service of South Sudan (NPSSS) feted the graduation of the first batch of 226 inmates and prison staff trained in eight trades at the Vocational Training Centre in Juba Central Prison late Wednesday.

UNDP Country Director Kamil Kamaluddeen said UNDP has renovated existing buildings for use as classrooms, and supplied the equipment and materials required for instruction in eight trades: carpentry, masonry, electrician, welding, vehicle mechanics, agriculture, hair dressing and tailoring.

“I take this opportunity to congratulate all the trainees for successfully completing the training. You have shown the way for others by converting the difficult period of your life into an opportunity to acquire new skills,” said Kamil Kamaluddeen in remarks delivered at the occasion late Wednesday.

Anthony Oliver Lege, National Police Director of Production and Rehabilitation said he Centre aims to reduce recidivism by imparting technical skills to inmates that enable them to earn a living and facilitate their rehabilitation as contributors to society when released.

“I appeal to all partners to support our efforts to promote prisoners rehabilitation through establishment of a pilot vocational training at Juba central Prison,” said Lege.

 Dutch Defence Attaché Col. Dirk Burger in his brief remarks said the Center has inspired hope in the lives of so many people and thanked prison service and UNDP for the achievement.


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