From 18-22 February PRI will be delivering a five-day Training of Trainers in Human Rights for prison officials and heads of training institutions in Maputo, Mozambique.
The training is the second such workshop to take place as part of a project sponsored by the Commonwealth Secretariat Human Rights Unit. The first training, which took place in the Solomon Islands in July 2012, trained over 20 prison officials from the Pacific Islands in human rights and prison management. Read an evaluation of the first training.
The upcoming workshop will train prison managers and administrators as well as personnel working with corrections training institutions from 19 African Commonwealth countries: Botswana, Cameroon, the Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. The training will be delivered by a team comprising Nikhil Roy, PRI’s Programme Development Director and John Podmore, former UK prison governor and author of Out of Sight, Out of Mind; and supported by Becky Randel, PRI’s Research and Fundraising Assistant.
Modules will focus on key issues in the Africa region, including overcrowding, pre-trial detainees, vulnerable groups of prisoners (including women and children), health in prisons and rehabilitation and reintegration, as well as new and emerging challenges such as new technology and its use in prison settings.
The course will be based on international and regional standards and will also highlight best practice from the region and beyond. A key focus of the workshop will be developing awareness and understanding of good practice contained in statements and declarations emerging from the Africa region, which can be found in our publication, Africa’s Recommendations for Penal Reform.
As part of the wider project, we are also developing a Manual on Human Rights Training for Prison Officials in the Commonwealth, which will be piloted at the workshop.
Read Alison Hannah’s blog on the first training in this programme in the Solomon Islands last summer.