Maldives Correctional Services (MCS) has been working towards providing varied training opportunities for convicts detained in prisons across the country.
MSC has paved way for detainees to get various academic qualifications as well as vocational training while in detention. Their aim is to ensure the spirit of serving the nation is rooted in their minds by the time rehabilitated convicts get released d rejoin the workforce. They also aim to make these people self-sufficient and equip them with means to earn their upkeep.
Under the detainee rehabilitation program, a number of academic and vocational training opportunities are provided to detainees. The increase in the number of detainees that enroll for such programs, stand proof to its success. The interest they have to acquire knowledge and skills is seen by this increasing figure. While some detainees opt for either an academic or vocational program there are some who opt to do both simultaneously.
Some detainees were unable to read Quran when they were detained and their behavior was in need of great improvement. However some such people have now completed the Qari course and can recite passages with serenity. These people have also been observed to have shown great improvement in behavior.
While some detainees, before their stint in jail, did not have interest in academics, they are participating in academic programs like Secondary School Certificate and other similar qualifying examinations.
Statistics for 2016 show that of the 414 detainees that enrolled in programs by the Institute for Correctional Studies (Icost) last year, 80 detainees obtained ‘higher distinction’. A total of 14 programs were conducted last year; Certificate One in Qira-at; Certificate Two in Qira-at; Certificate Three in Qira-at, Certificate One in Sewing, Certificate One in Starting Agriculture, Certificate One in House Wiring and Electronics, in addition to SSC.