1996 the Readucate Trust has operated in prisons. Krugersdorp Prison in
Gauteng Province was the first to invite Readucate to train some of their officers
and literate prisoners to become Readucate Instructors.
This pioneer course
was sponsored by the Standard Bank Foundation and Ithuba.
Instructors became rehabilitated and in turn rehabilitated the illiterate
inmates they were teaching.
It was so successful that
Boksburg Prison invited Readucate to run a course there.
This was again
sponsored by the same donors It was here that a prisoner who had been a gang leader
while incarcerated, said that since becoming a Readucate Instructor he
had "become addicted to teaching".
with the fantastic and ongoing co-operation of the Department of Correctional
Services and donations from such donors as the Vodacom Foundation, Sanlam Investment
Management, the London based Centre for Social Development and others, Readucate
now operates in 23 prisons in five provinces.
The programme has been featured
in national radio and television broadcasts.
are begging for more Readucate as they see how it changes lives," said Marion
Johnson, Prcinpal Education and Head of ABET training at Pretoria Central Prison.
Nothing is more exciting than to see hardened criminals,
men and women, begin to realise that they can be useful, that they have good in
them and can bring the good out in others. Nothing is more exciting than to hear
a prisoner say, "You're the first to treat us like human being and to give
us hope for the future." The sad part is that often prisoners are transferred
to prisons where, due to lack of funding, Readucate does not operate.
Thus the Readucate Instructors' newly acquired skills are lost while the
adult learners cannot complete their language/communication/reading/life skills
courses because there might not be a Readucate Instructor at the new prison
to continue upgrading their skills.
At present it is
estimated that about 80% of released prisoners return to crime in South Africa.
Because the Trust encourages Readucate Instructors to start their own Readucate
Centres as small businesses, released Readucate Instructors have an
honest means of livelihood as well as the opportunity to give back to their communities
and make up for causing them suffering their their criminal activities.
help us establish Readucate in every one of the 258 prisons in South Africa
so that we have to build a great, crime-free nation.
donations would enable us to assist released adult prisoners who are anxious to
establish "halfway" houses for released juvenile offenders. It is envisaged
that young people would enroll for three months during which they would learn
a sport, a money-making skill and to read. The ex-prisoner tutors would need payment
of salaries, while equipment and premises would also be needed. Please help us
establish this marvellously innovative crime preventative centre urgently to prove
its efficacy so that it can be duplicated throughout South Africa and the world.