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EDUCATION FOR ALL IN THE CARIBBEAN: ASSESSMENT 2000 MONOGRAPH SERIES 24 - page 41 / 44

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    It is recommended that new education programmes be established to accommodate already “educated” prisoners, for example, provisions would need to be made even if the prisoner has a university degree. It is not only illiterate and functionally literate people that are being imprisoned. The relevant authorities may need to begin the introduction of distance education through the Internet in Caribbean prisons in order to ensure that “good brains” do not rot away while in prison.

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    It is recommended that the initiative be taken by the various Caribbean governments and organisations such as UNESCO to assess the impact of education on the prison system, in order to provide evidence and support for the value of prison education to both the inmate and society.

Consideration has been given to the obstacles presented by lack of resources and the cultural differences that are inherent in the region. But even these are not insurmountable. There is need for a re- education drive in the Caribbean; educating people on the importance of prison education to both the inmate and society. A plan to implement the above recommendations will only be possible if there is public support. With this re-education drive, financial and infrastructural assistance can be sought, through the contribution of various private entities and organisations, in order to make prison education a reality.

The analysis shows that Caribbean countries are making progress in achieving EFA in the prisons as a means of rehabilitation. The next EFA assessment will be in the year 2010. If the Caribbean addresses the issue of prison education as a region, and the above recommendations are followed, then the assessment should reflect a significant reduction in the number of illiterate and functionally illiterate inmates; a significant increase in the number of skilled inmates after release from the region’s prisons and; most of all, a significant reduction in the rate of recidivism among the region’s adult prison population, since they will be equipped with the necessary skills to make positive contributions to their society.

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