Maldives Correctional Service (MCS) has today started Certificate 2 in Essential Agriculture for the first batch at Maafushi Prison.
The course is part of MCS’ efforts to reform and provide educational opportunities for inmates. The first batch of the 15-week course consists of 18 female inmates and two female prison officers.
The purpose of the course is the build agricultural skills among inmates, while providing means for earning a living by teaching a useful skill for the community by the time of their release.
The course includes teaching what agriculture is about, sharing additional knowledge on how to grow plants, how to plant seedlings and grow them and how to continue agricultural work after being released from prison. The Certificate 2 in Essential Agriculture course is accredited by Maldives Qualification Authority and is taught by facilitators from Institute for Correctional Studies (ICOST).