PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR HOME AFFAIRS AND NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIAT FOR EUROPEAN FUNDS AND SOCIAL DIALOGUE
Reference Number: PR172105en, Press Release Issue Date: Sep 19, 201psa.
Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, Michael Farrugia together with Parliamentary Secretary for EU Funds and Social Dialogue, Aaron Farrugia, announced a European Social Fund project totalling around €1 million, benefiting the Corradino Correctional Facility (CCF). The project prepares residents for employment through education and training programmes, and also trains CCF employees.
Minister Farrugia said that around 120 professionals and 77 CCF residents will be undergoing training. The project aims to focus on the main needs that residents have whilst serving their sentence, facilitates social resettlement and the active inclusion of prison inmates within society and labour markets.
The Minister stated that the project focuses on four main areas; education, health, restorative justice, and housing. An important element of this project is the setting up of working groups, where both local and foreign experts give their share to develop policy documents, standards and guidelines in line with the four main areas. This permits key stakeholders to be directly involved in the implementation of this project, said Minister Farrugia.
Parliamentary Secretary Aaron Farrugia announced that the €1 million programme is to provide training to 77 inmates. One hundred and twenty correctional officers, professional and administrative staff at CCF and beyond, will also be trained regarding the implementation of best practices which empower inmates to gain employability skills.
Three weeks ago, Dr Farrugia launched the ‘Vaste Programme’ along with Minister for Education and Employment, Evarist Bartolo. This programme is worth €11million and is funded through the European Social Fund, and its aim is to help vulnerable people which include inactive ex-inmates by training them in order to help them find jobs.
As he unveiled this latest EU funded programme, Farrugia announced that it would help address three Government priorities:
- The integration of vulnerable people in the community and the work market;
- Moving away from prison and towards correctional facilities & from prison guards to corrective officers;
- Investment in human resources.
Parliamentary Secretary Farrugia said, “Every Government hold certain values and principles dear. A principle which this Government holds dear, which distinguishes it from previous governments, is social mobility. Today’s programme is another link in a chain of actions that the Government is taking in order to deliver sustainable economic growth for everyone in Malta, including those social excluded.”
The University of Malta, through the Prison Education and Re-entry Programme, is a partner in this project. The Rise Foundation is also participating in this project in areas related to the welfare of the residents.