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Accelerated literacy and learning programs for offenders in the NT

Inmates in the Northern Territory (NT) are participating in an accelerated literacy and numeracy learning program, the QuickSmart learning program, designed to provide a basic education and be relevant to the future needs of the inmate.

Since the beginning of this year, 98 inmates have enrolled in the program.

John Elfereink, Minister for Correctional Services, noted that since 2012 there have been over 9,800 lessons conducted. 'Inmates who are unable to read and write, many of whom are Indigenous, are given a chance to receive a basic education which increases the likelihood of them gaining paid employment,' he said. 'Both the literary and numeracy courses on offer are targeted and relevant to the inmate’s interests so that the skills they learn can be transferred into the real world. For example a person who is working in prison industries will learn the appropriate literacy and numeracy for a trades person.'

'A prisoner in the Northern Territory should be working and developing their skills, not sitting in a cell twiddling their thumbs,' Mr Elferink said. 'Work is a major key to reducing recidivism and diverting people away from their offending behaviour.'

Source: Northern Territory Government Newsroom

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Last updated: 1 April 2014
 
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