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Rehabilitation Pioneer Project


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Introduction

Apart from providing safe custody and rehabilitation programmes, the Correctional Services Department (CSD) has endeavoured to collaborate with educational institutions and community service organisations in order to actively promote community education. We aim to help students and young people develop positive values towards life and become responsible and law-abiding citizens with a view to reducing crime.

CSD launched the Rehabilitation Pioneer Project (RPP) in September 2008 targeting on secondary school students and the youth. Through a series of activities such as Education Talks, Personal Encounter with Prisoners Scheme, Green Haven Scheme, Visits to Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum, Extended Training Camp, Student Forum, Drama and Music Performance of “Creation and Rehabilitation” and The Reflective Path, CSD seeks to disseminate to the youth the messages of leading a law-abiding and drug-free life as well as supporting offender rehabilitation. Since its launching, the project has won applause and support from the public, and the number of participants is around 30 000 per year.

Other Learning Experience (OLE)

Since November 2012, all activities of RPP have listed in the Other Learning Experiences (OLE) Activity Databank by Education Bureau. More information on OLE, please browse the OLE website http://www.edb.gov.hk/cd/ole/.

Education Talks

Interaction between the speakers and students
Interaction between the speakers and students
Graduate returns to his alma mater in uniform and hosting an education talk
Graduate returns to his alma mater in uniform and hosting an education talk
Rehabilitated offender sharing his own experience with students
Rehabilitated offender sharing his own experience with students
Group photo with students
Group photo with students

CSD will arrange uniformed staff to conduct one-hour education talks in an interactive approach for schools and organisations. The topics cover introduction to correctional services and common juvenile crimes, discussion of mirco movies, showing of videos on prison life and face-to-face sharing sessions with rehabilitated persons. We aim to encourage youngsters to lead a law-abiding and drug-free life as well as supporting offender rehabilitation.

Personal Encounter with Prisoners Scheme

Group photo after an institutional visit
Group photo after an institutional visit
Students listen attentively to PIC's sharing
Students listen attentively to PIC's sharing

Personal Encounter with Prisoners Scheme is one of the major activities of RPP. Schools or organisations interested in the Scheme are welcomed to visit the appropriate correctional institutions according to the gender of participants. At present, male correctional institutions available for visit include Lai Chi Rehabilitation Centre, Sha Tsui Correctional Institution, Tai Lam Correctional Institution, Pik Uk Prison, Tung Tau Correctional Institution, Pak Sha Wan Correctional Institution, Tong Fuk Correctional Institution, Cape Collinson Correctional Institution and Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution. Female correctional institutions available for visit include Lo Wu Correctional Institution and Lai King Correctional Institution.

Under the scheme, facilities in correctional institutions such as PICs’ dormitories, dining halls and workplaces are introduced to participants. Besides, participants are arranged to meet with PICs. By listening to the experience of them, participants are inspired to ponder on the serious consequences of committing crimes, thereby achieving the purpose of one life influencing another. The number of participants for each visit ranges from 20 to 25, including two to five teachers or social workers. All participants should be aged 13 or above.

Green Haven Scheme

Introduction to Hydroponics Gardening
Introduction to Hydroponics Gardening
Animals feeding at the Eco Garden
Animals feeding at the Eco Garden

This scheme enables participants to have the opportunity to visit the Drug Addiction Treatment Centre (DATC), the Green Haven Scheme Resource Centre and environmental friendly facilities on the island. They are briefed on the compulsory drug addiction treatment programmes in Hong Kong, the criminal liabilities of drug-abuse and the importance of environmental protection. They also meet the young PIC of the DATC and learn from their personal experience about the adverse effects of drug abuse. The number of participants for each visit ranges from 20 to 40, including two to five teachers or social workers. All participants should be aged 13 or above.

Visits to Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum (HKCSM)

Group photo outside the HKCSM
Group photo outside the HKCSM
Students listening to the history of correctional services in Hong Kong.
Students listening to the history of correctional services in Hong Kong.

CSD staff provides participants guided tours of HKCSM with an aim to give them a better understanding of the history and development of correctional services as well as the importance of public support for offender rehabilitation. As part of the museum, the Community Education Centre has just completed its renovation in July 2015. More interactive elements are introduced to help visitors understand the serious consequences of committing crimes, life in custody, community support for PICs as well as our achievements on rehabilitation. The maximum number of participants for each visit is 30, including two to five teachers or social workers.

Extended Training Camp

Students undergoing foot drill training
Students undergoing foot drill training
Visiting the Dog Unit of CSD
Visiting the Dog Unit of CSD
Orienteering adventure
Orienteering adventure
On parade for inspection at the graduation ceremony
On parade for inspection at the graduation ceremony

Aims at enhancing participants’ confidence, developing their positive values, exaggerating their critical thinking and building up their team spirits, the Extended Training Camp, which lasts for three days and two nights, features a series of discipline training activities in Ma Hang Prison and on Hei Ling Chau. Throughout the Camp, participants will find a wide variety of stimulating training activities including adventure skills exercises, foot drill practices, orienteering adventure skills exercises and leadership exercises.

Student Forum

Professional drama group performing drama in “Forum Theatre”
Professional drama group performing drama in “Forum Theatre”
On-stage role play by students
On-stage role play by students
Students actively expressing their views
Students actively expressing their views
Interactions between the host and studnets
Interactions between the host and studnets

To enhance law-abiding awareness of “Rehabilitation Pioneers”, students and youngsters are regularly invited by CSD to attend the Student Forums that are held in the form of a “Forum Theatre”. Professional theatre groups will perform interactive dramas about the reintegration of a rehabilitated person into society and the temptation faced by juveniles on drugs. The students will be invited to give impromptu performance in the drama as the leading characters and participate in the discussion session. Apart from the “Forum Theatre”, rehabilitated persons will share their stories with students. The programme is highly interactive in order to encourage active participation of students.

Drama and Music Performance of “Creation and Rehabilitation”

Drama performance by PIC
Drama performance by PIC
Music performance by PIC
Music performance by PIC
Students enjoying PICs’ performances
Students enjoying PICs’ performances
PIC’s sharing with students
PIC’s sharing with students

The “Creation and Rehabilitation” Programme is held in Stanley Prison every year. Hundreds of students will have an opportunity to enter the maximum security institution to enjoy the drama and music performance presented by PICs. The programme aims to integrate art therapy into rehabilitation process and helps PICs to reflect on the meaning of life by arts activities. Through the drama, they will convey to the audience how rehabilitated persons strive to turn over a new leaf and reintegrate into society. Besides, inspirational songs are sung by a band composed of PICs to show their talents. The programme provides a platform for PICs to contribute to the community by warning the students against committing crimes and reminding them the importance of obeying the law.

The Reflective Path

Students were transported to Ma Hang Prison by departmental security vehicle
Students were transported to Ma Hang Prison by departmental security vehicle
Proceeding to the dormitories with heavy blankets and beddings
Proceeding to the dormitories with heavy blankets and beddings
Self reflection on the consequences of committing crimes
Self reflection on the consequences of committing crimes
Sharing by PIC with students
Sharing by PIC with students

The Reflective Path is a new initiative under the Rehabilitation Pioneer Project launched in September 2015. It aims to enhance the students’ understanding of the criminal judicial system and correctional services, as well as the heavy price for committing crimes. Through the simulation of the real situation in prison, students are able to experience the life of PIC in correctional institutions and reflect on the detrimental effects of committing crimes. The project covers a wide range of activities such as mock court hearing, simulated reception procedures, custody in dormitories and single cells, foot drill training, simulated work groups and sharing session by PIC, etc.

Any schools and organisations interested in participating in the project may visit our website (http://www.csd.gov.hk) for details from the Timetable. Please download the Application Form and return the completed form to the Rehabilitation Pioneer Project Office by email (rpp@csd.gov.hk).

For enquiries, please contact the RPP Office at 2259 3349 / 2320 7568 / 3525 0126 during office hours or the Rehabilitation Pioneer Project Office (Address: Flat A, 16/F, Block F, 3 Lok Man Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong) by mail.

For updated information, please visit the RPP Facebook Page.

 

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Last revision date : 13 Sep 2016