KABUL: Prison officials in
southeastern Paktia province say many inmates in the central jail receive
literacy and vocational education so they would be able improve their economy
themselves after released.
The officials say the prisoners
were getting skills in tailoring, carpentry, metal working and constructions as
well as getting literacy education and memorizing the holy Quran.
One of the inmates in Paktia,
Mohammad Rahim, told Pajhwok Afghan News that he was tailoring since the last
one and half a year in the jail and tailored dresses for other inmates and
workers of the jail.
He said that his occupation in
the jail helped him to improve his economy besides donating some money to the
training section of the inmates.
“I make a dress for 300 Afghanis,
we also pay money to the jail and save some for my own needs,” he said.
Iqbal, another prisoner in Paktia
said that the people in jail had high capacity for work but there were limited
machinery and resources to train more inmates. “I have been working since five
years, I also train other jailers, but sewing machines are limited and I cannot
help more people,” he said.
Shafi Rahman, a prisoner who got
carpentry profession, said that he can make his life better when released from
the jail using his skills.
“Anyone (in jail) can get their
skills in tailoring, carpentry, wielding and other professions here so they
would be able in the future to help their families,” he said.
Haji Mirajuddin said that he got
his profession in constructions in jail and can make around 200 Afghanis a day.
“I receive money for my work; an ordinary worker receives 120 Afghanis and a
skillful person 200 Afghanis a day, we are happy to be buys it passes our time
and improves our economy,” he said.
A number of other inmates are
getting literacy education and memorizing holy Quran but they face shortage of
stationary and books.
On the other hand, Gardiz jail
director, Brig. Gen. Afandi Gul Rubati, told Pajhwok that dozens of inmates in
the jail were currently getting vocational and literacy education.
He said that there was high
capacity for different professions among inmates in the jail but there was no
good markets for prisoner’s industrial and vocational products.
He said that the vocational
training and products made by inmates would be accelerated if at least the
government made a contract about products made inside the jail.
“Prisoners work in several
different sections, but there is no market for products they make, if there is
good market for these products it would make professional inmates more
effective for people and our administration,” he said.
About three months back, eight
inmates memorized the whole holy Quran in Gardiz Central Jail. Around 400
people including four women are imprisoned in Gardiz jail. (Pajhwok)