INDIA: Inmates empowered with skills training
New partnership prepares inmates for future employment
(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries in India have launched a collaboration to empower inmates at the Dum Dum Correction Home to receive skills training so when they are released they can find and retain employment. Don Bosco Prison Ministry, Don Bosco Tech Society, West Bengal Correctional Administration and Schneider Electric Foundation have initiated the groundbreaking program.
Schneider Electric Foundation provided the electrical training equipment and hands-on guidance to create the training curriculum that will be provided to interested inmates. This approach fosters skill development and cultivates self-sufficiency and confidence among the participants.
Speaking at the launch of the partnership, Father Joseph Pauria, provincial of Salesians in Kolkata, affirmed the commitment of Don Bosco Prison Ministry to provide dignity and honor to the inmates.
Shir Akhil Giri, honorable minister of state at the Department of Correctional Administration for the Government of West Bengal, expressed happiness about the involvement of Don Bosco Prison Ministry in many correctional settings. He hopes that the new initiative will make a lasting impact on the inmates.
A Salesian said, “As India continues to emphasize skill development and vocational training, we remain steadfast in our mission to provide accessible, high-quality technical education to young individuals. It is critical that young inmates learn a skill and are able to find employment when they leave the correctional center. This is one step among many in helping to ensure that they do not reoffend and can live a productive life.”
Schneider Electric is a European multinational corporation that specializes in electricity distribution, automation management and the production of installation components for energy management. Collaboration between the Salesian programs around the globe and Schneider Electric was formed 22 years ago. There have been collaborative projects in Cambodia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Italy, Kenya, Mozambique, the Philippines and other countries.
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