GRADUATION AND LAUNCH OF SEX OFFENDER TREATMENT PROGRAM
Today, the sex offender treatment program was launched at the Youth Correctional Training Center, Kamiti. Representing the Commissioner General of Prisons was the Deputy Commandant Prisons Staff Training College, Assistanat Commissioner General of Prisons Madam Susan Majere, accompanied by the Officer in charge Kamiti Medium ACP Mwaura and the Deputy Officer In charge YCTC. The Chief guest and sponsor of the training program was C.E.O of Faraja Foundation, Madam Jane Kuria.
The training course took a duration of 3 months. The program was aimed at identifying factors commonly associated with young offenders’ behaviours and to offer opportunities which will help develop knowledge and skills that will help them make better decisions and become productive members of the society.
Modules covered were: Norm building and anger management, Self-awareness, Cognitive restructuring, Victim awareness and empathy, Life skills and independent living and Sexuality.
The guest speaker, Madam Susan emphasized on education as a way of rehabilitating the youthful offenders which enables them acquire: life skills and independent living skills, requisite for employment prospects, to develop themselves into better citizens and impact others positively and to gain a sustainable means to transition back into the society through reintegration support.
The Deputy Commandant concluded by emphasizing how the program is an excellent example of how dedication, compassion and commitment can transform lives and pave way for a brighter future for some who thought all was lost. CEO Faraja Jane Kuria encouraged the officers working in the institution that they should endeavor to invest in the potential of the young offenders and collectively foster a more inclusive society.
The Deputy Commandant appreciated Faraja Foundation on behalf of the Commissioner General of Prisons and Kenya Prisons Service urged them to continue with their unwavering partnership with the Service.
This being a pilot project, CEO Faraja Foundation was optimistic that other penal institutions around the country will adopt the project too.