Sunday 17 November, 2019

South Camp Juvenile centre wards benefit from home economics classes

State Minister for National Security, Rudyard Spencer, in the company of officers of the ministry and the Department of Correctional Service on a recent tour of the South Camp Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre in St Andrew.

State Minister for National Security, Rudyard Spencer, in the company of officers of the ministry and the Department of Correctional Service on a recent tour of the South Camp Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre in St Andrew.

Some 21 wards in the care of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) have benefited from a three-month home economics programme at the South Camp Juvenile Remand and Correctional Centre.

The programme, which is certified by the HEART Trust/NTA, began in March of this year with two four-hour sessions per week.

The main objective of the initiative was to use home economics as a sustainable enterprise for the young women at South Camp, thereby fostering their development, empowerment, employability and ultimately, reintegration into society with marketable skills.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony held on Friday at the South Camp Remand Centre, Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of National Security, Laura Plunkett, encouraged the wards to aim as high as they possibly can.

“Your journey does not have to be one in which you are alone. Projects such as ‘A New Path’ can positively change your lives and guide you along your journey to economic independence. I urge you to leverage the knowledge and skills you have gained over the last 12 weeks, to forge a brighter future… Remember the skills you have learnt, and know that through this project, support will be provided to assist you with your transition into society,” she said.

The wards were exposed to commercial food preparation, social graces, plate setting and etiquette.

The programme forms part of the project, ‘A New Path’ – promoting a healthy environment and productive alternatives for Juvenile remandees and offenders in Jamaica, which is being managed by the Organisation of American States (OAS), and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with the support of the Trust for Americas.

The initiative represents one of the significant action points of the Ministry of National Security that are geared towards purposeful rehabilitation for successful reintegration within the five-pillar Crime Reduction Strategy.

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