World Poetry Day is a time to appreciate and support poets and poetry around the world. Yearly, it is held on March 21 and is an initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
When I arrived in Nairobi on New Year’s Eve in 2015, I didn’t know what to expect. A city I had never visited before or had any familiarity to was going to be my home for a year. Its people, unpredictable weather, public transportation and food were all very foreign to me. All I knew was that I had come to teach law in Kenya’s prisons. This was a bit much for my family to process who were in denial of my endeavours until the night they bade me farewell at the airport.
Libraries are a unique and valuable resource which open a number of doors towards contributing to positive transformation within the prison environment. We thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on the impact that libraries have within the prison communities we work with.
Read our interview below with APP's Life Skills Manager, Ritah Nanyonga.
Last summer, Al Jazeera started filming Rebel Education, a six-part documentary series looking at innovative learning models that are challenging the dominant ideas of education - particularly within challenging environments.
We're really excited that episode 5 will feature African Prisons Project...
Over the past three years, African Prisons Project has been working to deliver access to justice and healthcare to prisoners in Oyam and Apac districts in Northern Uganda. The project, supported by the International Development Fund (IDF), was implemented in eight prisons and has recently come to the end of its three year cycle.
The prevalence rate of HIV in Uganda is 7.1%, with prison communities seeing almost double the rate. Over 800 prisoners in Luzira Prison alone are living with HIV.
This Wolrd AIDS Day, we want to stand with those who battle with HIV/AIDS on a daily basis, with those who have lost loved ones from the disease and those who are doing all they can to bring awareness, preventing the discrimination of those who suffer.
Our Kenyan Prison Officers, Moses, Mwanahamisi and Elizabeth are featuring on our blog today where they share some of their experiences within our Secondment Programme - including time spent on retreat at Embercombe, coaching sessions at Worth Abbey and training with the University of Nottingham. Our Secondment Programme aims to empower the next generation of penal reformers in Africa.
A platform for senior prison staff who have a track record of excellence, providing them with the exposure, training and networks to enable them to develop as change makers in their own environments.