The Telegraph
Wednesday , January 9 , 2013
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Teaching lessons for jail inmates

- Dhanbad prison collaborates with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan for training

They had turned students for a fortnight so that they can become teachers in the future.

Thirty-five inmates of Dhanbad divisional jail picked up the art of teaching during a special training organised by the prison authorities.

Sarva Shikha Programme, held by the jail in association with Sarva Shikha Abhiyan, concluded on Tuesday. The training aimed to groom interested jailbirds as mentors so that they can make fellow inmates literate and earn a livelihood by providing private tuition after being released.

“Such a programme was organised two years ago. Two master trainers of Sarva Shikha Abhiyan — Sanjay Rajak and Abdul Gaffar — provided training, also known as Aadhar, to selected candidates under the supervision of in-charge of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’s jail education project O.P. Sharma. Classes were held from noon to 3pm for 15 days,” jail superintendent Hamid Akhtar said.

Shedding light on the training content, Sharma said only basic tips were provided like how to teach subjects like math, English, science, Hindi and social science. “We told them they ought to make the teaching process more innovative. For instance, they should inject humour while explaining lessons to children and play with them,” the jail education in-charge added.

The minimum eligibility criterion was that the trainees ought to have passed at least Class X. All selected candidates not only met this criterion, but also showed genuine interest in the 15-day course.

“Some of the trainees like Sujan Sammad, an accused in a forgery case who has a postgraduate degree in arts and had worked as block programme office in Baghmara, responded very positively. He was very sharp and picked up the lessons fast. Bhola Paswan, a rape accused, also took keen interest,” Sharma said.

Certificates will be awarded to all trainees at a function on jail premises on January 11. Dhanbad DC Prashant Kumar, district education officer Dharmadev Rai and district superintendent of education S.P. Das will be invited.

Those who have successfully completed the course will not have to undergo the mandatory training for para-teachers if they wish to become the same after coming out of jail.