After many months of planning and preparation, on Saturday, September 17th, we welcomed the fifth cohort of African prison officers deployed to the UK on secondment. We are proud and delighted to host Elizabeth, Moses and Mwanahamisi for 12 intense weeks of training, networking, reflection and laughter.
In pursuit of our mission to empower the next generation of penal reformers, our Secondment Programme seeks to promote the capacity building of Kenyan prison staff, offering remarkable officers the opportunity to spend time in the UK benchmarking best practices and learning from the experience of UK criminal justice agencies.
We believe prison staff have a significant role to play in leading positive transformation within their communities. Through our Secondment Programme we aim to equip prison officers with academic skills, social and professional networks and the confidence to spearhead change at a variety of levels.
Over the next three months, the secondees will be exposed to how the UK penal system works and attending meetings and seminars with representatives from a variety of services including the police, the courts, the Ministry of Justice, prison, probation and resettlement services. The UK learning journey will include bespoke courses in Human Rights and Imprisonment, Authentic Leadership Development and Coaching, providing the training and resource they need to bring positive transformation to Kenyan prisons.
Alongside training sessions and seminars, our secondees will also take part in work experience style training where they’ll have the opportunity to shadow first-grade prison officers as they carry out their daily operational duties. By adopting a reflective approach to the healthcare, education and rehabilitation programmes provided by the services they’ll have exposure to, the fellows will look at what they can take from their experience to improve service delivery upon return to their home institutions.
We feel honoured to guide, empower and nurture the growth of those who operate at the forefront of prison work. We are inspired by these change makers and are determined to support them in their endeavours to serve their communities in the most effective and sustainable way possible.
We want to wish them the best of luck as they embark on this learning journey and look forward to sharing their progress with you as they delve into the programme over the coming weeks.