The best way to support children and ensure their positive development of both themselves and society is with education. For children in conflict with the law - those most in need of support and personal development - education is often unavailable. Prison Watch Sierra Leone plans to recruit 10 teachers to provide free tuition to 100 children in detention in Freetown and Bo, Sierra Leone, to provide young people in detention with marketable skills and reduce likelihood of reoffending.
The slow court system of Sierra Leone means that many children spend upward of several years in remand homes before even being formally convicted of a crime. Those released without charge may have lost several years of their lives languishing in detention without any real educational or social stimulation. Many are poor and lack prospects after their release. Recidivism is an enormous problem. PWSL's project will provide these children with help support to begin a new life after release.
The children will be taught marketable skills such as carpentry and mechanics, as well as remedial classes in literacy, mathematics and basic life skills. This will develop their ability to problem solve, communicate and work together in groups. They will follow the lead of their teachers as positive role-models and learn how their new skills can be put toward serving their families and communities once they leave the remand home or approved school.
This project will support 100 direct beneficiaries (children in detention) as well as indirectly supporting their families. The children will be given the knowledge to rise out of poverty and better economically support their families with specialized, marketable trades. The improved prospects of children in detention upon release will mean that, with goals to work toward and something to lose, the rate of reoffending will be greatly reduced.