As a way of empowering inmates, the Univesity of Makeni (UNIMAK) has resumed its certificate course for inmates at the Makeni Correctional Center which was put on hold two years back.

The University 2018 agreed with the Sierra Leone Correctional Service for inmates to benefit from University courses that were piloted in 2021.

The University introduced a certificate course in Community Development Studies for six months. Modules offered include Communication Skills, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, etc.

The University initially admitted 17 inmates who were qualified with at least two credits at their WASSCE and were later graduated with certificates issued to them with several 20 males and 3 females.

According to the Officer-in-Charge of the Makeni Correctional Centre, Chief Superintendent of Corrections Abubakarr Kamara, “UniMak is doing this at no cost on the Correctional Service or anyone they are doing it for free.”

He appealed to donor partners to come to the aid of UNIMAK by rendering financial and material assistance. This according to him will ensure that the project is short-livedived.

Speaking on behalf of UNIMAK, Rev. Fr. Dr. George Gbamaja encouraged inmates and the SLCS to take the project seriously, adding that attendance, tests, and exams will be taken as part of their assessment of the students.

Classes will be conducted inside the Makeni Correctional Centre in a structure with an original capacity for thirty (30) students.