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TEVETA signs training contracts with Zambia Correctional Services
August 10, 2020 at 13:4

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TEVETA and the Zambia Correctional Services (ZCS) have signed 15 training contracts for K1 million to train 400 inmates as part of reformation for smooth integration into society. The financing is under the TEVET Fund managed by TEVETA. The funds goes towards the acquisition of training materials for inmates at Milima, Lusaka Central, Kansenshi and facilities under Mukobeko such as Mpima and Kalonga.

TEVETA Director General Cleophas Takaiza said correction facilities were key training centres to provide relevant skills for inmates, which they can utilize after their incarceration. The skills are meant to enhance the contribution of the inmates in society after their reintegration into their communities.

"Hands-on skills help inmates to find footing by making products such as carpentry products, welding, fish farming and general agriculture to earn income to sustain themselves and their families" Mr. Takaiza elaborated.

Seven (7) programmes being funded are fishing farming, electrical engineering, carpentry, fashion and design, metal fabrication, general agriculture (horticulture, animal husbandry and poultry management) and automotive mechanics.

ZCS Senior Superintendent, Katongo Chishimba Incharge at Mukobeko Skills Training Centre said the ZCS focus was reformation of inmates through equipping them with relevant skills they will need for reintegration into society. "Reformation is based on two perspectives of counseling and empowering inmates with hands-on and entrepreneurship training. Correctional facilities have identified skills training as one of the most important components of reforming inmates and facilitate their smooth transition into society beyond imprisonment."

Sup. Chishimba said some of the inmates who served their sentences have been incorporated in the making of face masks to supply to schools and other institutions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. "In this COVID-19 era, the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) gave ZCS a contract to make face masks and some of the former inmates were involved in the production of the masks to meet the quantities DMMU needed."