An evaluation of the literacy programme at Lusaka Central Prison in Zambia

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Nawa, Nakweti
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This study was an evaluation of the Literacy Programme (LP) at Lusaka Central Prison (LCP) in Lusaka district of Lusaka Province in Zambia. The study evaluated whether or not the LP at LCP had fared well in empowering the inmates‟ occupational skills. The objectives were to establish: the aims and objectives of the Literacy Programme at Lusaka Central Prison; the literacy teaching techniques used to teach literacy skills at Lusaka Central Prison; literacy materials that were used in the teaching and learning process at Lusaka Central Prison; how former inmates applied the skills learnt to uplift themselves; the challenges that were faced in the programme; and how the Literacy Programme at Lusaka Central Prison fared in meeting its aims and objectives. The Multiliterancy theory which was developed by the New London Group was used (Cope & Kalantzis, 2000). The group‟s focus was the big picture the changing world, the new demands being placed upon people as makers of meaning in changing workplaces, public spaces and in the dimensions of our community lives. The CIPP Model of evaluation was employed as a tool to evaluate the programme. This emphasises on Context, Input, Process and Product evaluations Stufflebeam (1973). The study employed a qualitative research design and data was collected using interviews, focus group discussion and observation method. The subjects of the study were programme participants who were 3 administrators (the Prison Secretary, Officer in Charge and the Programme Coordinator) 7 instructors, 30 former prisoners, and 60 current prisoners. The sample size of hundred (100) subjects was drawn from the total population. The findings of the study revealed that the LP at LCP though facing a number of challenges was slowly meeting its aims, and objectives. The programme was teaching different literacy and life skills such as income-generation and critical thinking skills with a spirit of self-sustainability. The study revealed that the programme would perform well if most of the challenges faced are to be addressed because its aims and objectives were relevant to the inmates‟ lives as they were addressing their needs and aspirations. Necessary recommendations were made to various stakeholders involved in the provision of the LP at LCP.
Prisoner education-Zambia , Prisons-Zambia , Literacy programmes-Lusaka, Zambia , Adult education-Zambia