The East London Female Prison Computer Centre
Over the last few years, Bosasa has seen remarkable success in our computer centre initiatives. This is especially true for the centres that have been set up as part of our Offender Rehabilitation Programmes. One such success story can be seen in the East London Female Prison Computer Centre.
This correctional centre was established in 1980 and accommodates female offenders under medium and maximum security. It also houses women awaiting trial. This facility has always been geared towards the rehabilitation of offenders and teaching them skills for after they get released. This prison even has an organic farming project that teaches people how to use natural resources and grow their own food.
The Reasons Behind Bosasa's Offender Rehabilitation Programmes
We've always had a desire to uplift those in need, in fact it's entrenched in our work ethos at Bosasa. At this particular correctional facility, it was simple to set up a computer centre as the wardens and operators welcomed the idea with open arms.
Personnel at the East London female prison recognise a need for community corrections. This is focused on the reintegration of offenders into normal population. Our rehabilitation programmes work hand-in-hand with this philosophy by providing the following:
Valuable job skills
A computer centre that comes with training facilities can improve the life of many in prison. They can learn all the basic skills of working on a computer and add that to their CV for all job applications.
While this is a vital part of rehabilitation, we also realise that our programmes need offenders to understand what will happen once they're released. The world will judge them differently and they need to be confident in their skills – as well as themselves – in order to get on with building a successful life.
During the last part of an offender's sentence at this facility, a strong focus is put on preparing her for the real world. Offenders tend to be released under parole or into half-way houses, so that the change in their lives isn't too abrupt.
While the offender may be ready to find a job and get on with her life, the community may not be. It's a fact that the stigma of incarceration will stay with a rehabilitated person for a time. Learning new computer skills, however, helps to lessen this stigma.
At Bosasa, we understand that it's about more than just providing skills for potential jobs. Offenders need to be given a second chance once they've been rehabilitated. Our aim with these programmes, and our computer centre initiatives, is to help uplift these people. Also, we hope to give them the confidence to become productive members of society once they've been released.
Call the Bosasa reception desk on +27 (0)11 662 6000 or email for more information on the East London Female Prison Computer Centre and our other Giving Back initiatives.