The University of Makeni (UniMak) “is currently conducting examinations” for inmates at the Makeni Correctional Centre, according to the Officer- in- Charge of the Centre, Superintendent Salieu Sulaiman Turay.
It could be recalled that in October 2018, Unimak and the Sierra Leone Correctional Service (SLCS) signed a memorandum of understanding which enabled Unimak to commence certificate courses for inmates at the Makeni Corrections Facility. The courses started in July 2019.
The courses include: Information Technology, Agriculture, Community Development Studies, Psychosocial Counselling, and Entrepreneurship; each of the courses lasts for six (6) months. At the end of their exams, an authority from the UniMak, said a graduation ceremony will be held.
Supt. Turay said that fourteen (14) inmates were involved in the capacity building project, adding UniMak had taken “a bold step” by endeavouring to render assistance in inmates’ rehabilitation.
“Neither the SLCS nor any other entity is giving Unimak anything for the gesture; they are doing it out of goodwill. In fact, whenever the inmates have I.T classes, Unimak comes in with laptops for each of the inmates, for ease of learning. Unimak also gave text and note books to the inmates,” Supt. Turay informed.