Dozens of newly-recruited Prison workers in Darfur region have started a training session here, designed to equip them with the capacity to reform offenders in their care, according to a press statement issued by the African Union (AU) and received by PANA here Tuesday.
The press statement said the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the North Darfur Prisons Administration, launched a three-week training programme for more than 60 newly-recruited prison staff.
“The training is on human rights approach to prison management and basic prison duties,” the release indicated, adding that the programme is designed to furnish participants with practical knowledge so that they can contribute to the rehabilitation and reformation of offenders to better prepare them for community reintegration.
It explained that during the session, participants will learn about the standard minimum rule for the treatment of prisoners, key system management and control mechanisms in prison, prison property management and other relevant issues.
Mr. Jarius Omondi, a senior corrections officer with UNAMID, was quoted as saying that the training will be 'fruitful to both employers and employees as it ensures efficiency and productivity'.
He explained that the work of a prison officer deals primarily with corrections, which, in turn, entails rehabilitation, reformation and reintegration of the legally interned so as to make them better citizens.
The release said the workshop was part of a five-year strategic plan that UNAMID and its partners have set up to keep offenders in secure custody while rehabilitating and reforming them so that they are successfully reintegrated into the community upon their release.