Young inmates of Lai King Correctional Institution (LKCI) of the Correctional Services Department (CSD) were today (September 8) presented with academic and vocational certificates at a ceremony in recognition of their achievements.
A total of 48 inmates, among whom 23 had been discharged from the institution, obtained a total of 110 distinctions and 37 passes in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination, the City and Guilds Examinations, the LCCI International Qualifications Examinations and the examinations organised by the Clothing Industry Training Authority.
They achieved good results in Chinese and English computer applications, book-keeping, fundamental pattern construction, sewing practice, as well as food and beverage service.
Speaking at the certificate presentation ceremony, District Governor of Lions Clubs International District 303 Hong Kong and Macau, China, Ms Cherry Tam, talked about the training scheme for volunteers which was jointly organised by the Lions Clubs and CSD. She also said that the organisation had arranged for four survivors of the Sichuan earthquake to visit LKCI last month. They shared their real-life experiences with inmates to encourage them to face adversity positively.
In addition, she praised the CSD for providing education services to inmates. The CSD's Education Unit has kept pace with the development of the New Senior Secondary curriculum by upgrading continuously. More resources and education kits are also provided to the inmates. The aim is to help them re-integrate into society in the future and be self-reliant so that they have better prospects in further education and employment.
Also taking part in the ceremony were 37 recipients (including 23 inmates and 14 supervisees), parents of inmates, and representatives of community organisations and celebrities.
Situated at 16 Wa Tai Road, Kwai Chung, the CSD's LKCI is a minimum security institution established in May 2008. It has a capacity of 240 penal places for young female offenders aged from 14 to under 21.
The department provides half-day compulsory education programmes and half-day vocational training for young offenders under age 2l. Guidance and assistance are also in place for adult offenders who participate in studies on a voluntary basis.
Ends/Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Issued at HKT 15:53
Officiating guest Ms Cherry Tam, District Governor of Lions Clubs International District 303 Hong Kong and Macau, China, presents a certificate to an inmate at the certificate presentation ceremony at Lai King Correctional Institution today (September 8).