Over 430 adult and young inmates from 18 correctional institutions today (April 10) participated in a competition testing their Chinese and English computer input skills.
This competition, co-organised by the Correctional Services Department (CSD) and Christian Prison Pastoral Association, was held in the computer rooms of various institutions. The first computer inputting competition for inmates was held in October 2007; this was the fourth such event.
Speaking at the competition kick-off ceremony at Lo Wu Correctional Institution (LWCI), Assistant Commissioner of Correctional Services (Rehabilitation), Mr Lee Sheung, said CSD has continually improved its rehabilitation facilities through expansion, re-development, re-organisation and other means. The department is also committed to providing courses on computer application and information technology at various levels to prepare the inmates for re-integration into society after release.
He said, "In 2010, CSD provided various courses on computer application and information technology at various levels for some 1,900 inmates. These included computer core training of two to four hours per week for 700 young inmates and 13 basic computer concept and keyboard operating classes provided by the Employees Retraining Board for 260 adult inmates.
"Computer application training was also provided for 120 adult inmates in other courses. In LWCI, 80 hours' training is included in the full-time commercial and retail course. Training lasting 160 hours is given in the full-time retailing and shop operation course in Pik Uk Prison and the full-time office and commercial practice course in Tung Tau Correctional Institution. In addition, 821 adult inmates participated in 86 computer interest classes taught by volunteer tutors in various institutions."
Apart from holding regular computer application courses, CSD started to provide inmates with Internet courses in March 2011. Courses about the Internet and mock browsing are taught by CSD Rehabilitation Volunteer Group members.
Mr Lee encouraged participants to keep up with their efforts and prepare for their reintegration into society after release. He said CSD would enhance its rehabilitation services and vocational training as well as continue to organise events to encourage the community to accept and support offenders. The ultimate aim is to build a more safe and secure society.
Ends/Sunday, April 10, 2011
Issued at HKT 13:41
Assistant Commissioner of Correctional Services (Rehabilitation), Mr Lee Sheung (left), presents a souvenir to General Secretary of the Christian Prison Pastoral Association, Reverend David Yeung (centre). Accompanying them is the Senior Superintendent of Lo Wu Correctional Institution, Ms Chung Chi-lan.
Inmates participate in the competition in Lo Wu Correctional Institution.