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  • Junior Achievement Bahamas, designed to give young people the opportunity to experience the business world outside of the formal school system; essentially an on-the-job, hands-on training mechanism.

  • The Youth Enterprise Project, designed to equip young people with the necessary skills for self- employment and entrepreneurship.

  • The Fresh Start Programme, which provides training for employment. This involves training in good work ethics, job application skills ,and overall, basic attitudinal skills for employment.

  • Volunteers 2000, which trains volunteers to develop and undertake community-based projects, matching volunteers with organisations that need their assistance.

  • YEAST, a programme that is designed specifically to assist young men who have had a history of low secondary performance or dropout to develop technical skills and a concept of self worth.

These are just some of the skills training programmes offered in The Bahamas, and are indicative of the fact that The Bahamas offers a wide range of skills training programmes consistent with the drive towards EFA. There is, however, one drawback; the existing programmes are all geared towards the training of young adults, and not youths and adults as is consistent with the goals of EFA. There is an age limit with respect to eligibility to access the programmes, so that while the Bahamian programmes will assist young adults in the general population, providing them with skills and improving their chances for employment and productivity, there are no similar opportunities for adults over the age of 30.

Skills Training in the Prison Population

Embedded in the everyday activities of the lives of the inmates are skills training programmes aimed at enhancing their productivity and employment prospects after their release from the institution. The following are some of the programmes offered:

  • The Ken Cook Programme, which represents the first formal vocational trade programme. This introduces inmates to a structured programme of small engine repair and electronic measurement. Classes are held biweekly.

  • The On-the-Job Training (OJT) Programme, which is supervised by specialist prison officers, deals specifically with the maintenance of the prison system. Inmates are involved in masonry, carpentry, electrical works, plumbing, welding, auto mechanics, shoe repair, and animal husbandry geared towards the upkeep of the prison and, at the same time, acquiring and perfecting a skill.

  • The Technical Vocational Centre, which is intended to expose and train the prison population in straw work, art and craft, tailoring, and horticulture.

It is evident that, at present, the Bahamian prison system is more actively involved in a skills training curriculum. This may be a factor of the existing high literacy rate, which would suggest that prisoners could have been literate on their entry to prison. Thus, the focus would be on skills training to complement their literacy skills. Skills training has the dual advantage of safeguarding the interests of both the institution and the inmate. In other words, while skills training allows for the acquisition of vocational skills in order to enhance the prisoners’ productivity on release, it is also important for the general upkeep of the institution.

Programmes to Effect a Positive Approach Towards Health, Attitudes, and Values in the General Adult Population


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