Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service (ZPCS) last week launched a peace education program that aims to address the mental aspects of prisoners.
The program aims to help prisoners achieve inner peace, which will help them to live in harmony with others after their reintegration into society.
The Mental Resilience Initiative will focus on issues such as moral regeneration and violence reduction so that participants understand the possibility of achieving peace by identifying and using innate resources.
Speaking on the launch of the peace education program held at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison, Acting Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Kazembe Kazembe said the program would help officers and inmates to coexist in harmony and empower them to face their inner challenges.
“Peace education becomes a wellness program that offers psychosocial support not only to detainees, but to the community as a whole,” he said.
Minister Kazembe said the program will provide rehabilitation services to incarcerated members of society with the aim of promoting behavioral reform and giving prisoners life skills for their reintegration into society.
“It is because of this context that the ZPCS decided to embark on this program to rehabilitate the people we treat as the most dangerous people in society and it is high time that those who are treated as the most dangerous are transformed to meet societal expectations, “he said.
ZPCS commissioner general Moses Chihobvu said the program will be extended to all provinces, starting with the metropolitan province of Harare.
“All those who will have the opportunity to participate in the training sessions should strive to see and support the invaluable value of the peace education program,” he said.
By the end of the 5 week training program, it is hoped that participants will be empowered to live in a peaceful and healthy environment where officers, inmates and society live in harmony.
Participants will receive certificates of attendance.