Education is a basic human right and the foundation on which to build peace and drive sustainable development.Education is covered under goal 4 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning” and is key to the achievement of the other goals.
As an On Purpose Associate, assigned to APP on a short-term work placement, I was excited. I had been matched with a purpose-driven organisation, one which was a dynamic mix of brave and humane. Brave enough to tackle injustice from the bottom-up and humane enough to not dismiss anyone as beyond hope, change or second chances.
Last Friday, our student and paralegal Wilson Kinyua, an inmate at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison, Kenya, was invited to deliver a short speech at the Milimani Law Courts - Criminal Section Court Users Committee (CUC). The committee is composed of key players/users of the court including the magistrates, judges, lawyers etc. Inmates at Kamiti petitioned to be included as they too see themselves as key players. They were successful. John Muthuri, our Legal Aid Manager had the opportunity to interview Wilson Kinyua about the day.
For the first time, APP has been working together with the US Embassy to launch a plea bargaining project within the prisons. The project has currently reached its fourth month and is expected to continue running for a year. 10 APP paralegals at Naivasha have been trained on the notion of plea agreements and have made good use of this knowledge by conducting awareness sessions at a number of prisons.
On Saturday, April 1st 2017, two senior prison officers from the Kenya Prison Service arrived at Heathrow early in the morning after a long flight from Nairobi to London. With funding from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, APP is supporting the Kenyan delegates in the UK for a three months Secondment Programme, during which time they will learn about the British criminal justice system and gain important exposure experiences in British prisons.
Depression: Let’s Talk! This is the theme for World Health Day this year which is commemorated on 7th April. At least once, prisoners will experience depression at different levels of severity. In line with the theme for this year’s World Health Day, some of the beneficiaries used these initiatives as a platform to talk about their life in prison and how these initiatives have helped them cope with depression.
Michael Irungu’s perspectives could not have been better.
Where half of Kenya’s population live below the poverty line, being born into a wealthy family has its perks. After finishing primary school, Michael had the chance to visit Alliance High School, one of the prestigious secondary schools in Kenya. Despite this, Michael would never gain the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education from this nor from another high school. Bad company forces Michael to lose his way.