The residents of penitentiary establishments are citizens in a particular situation, who can be qualified through education, training, awareness, supervision and instruction, underlined, Wednesday in Sale, the Minister of Education. national, vocational training, higher education and scientific research, government spokesperson, Said Amzazi.
In addition to the qualification programs set up by the General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR), supervision and instruction constitute the keystone to correct the behavior of prisoners and achieve their social reintegration. a fluid way, said Said Amzazi who spoke at the opening of the 8th edition of the “University in prisons” (spring university), organized by the General Delegation for prison administration and reintegration (DGAPR), under the high patronage of King Mohammed VI.
As part of the application of the detainee’s right to education, guaranteed by the constitution of the Kingdom for all Moroccans without discrimination, the ministry works to offer learning, training and internship opportunities for the benefit of residents of prisons, he said in a speech read on his behalf by the president of the Mohammed V University of Rabat, Mohamed El Ghachi, at the opening of this edition, organized face-to-face (at the local prison of Salé 2) and remotely, under the theme: “social values and the preparation of prisoners for reintegration”.
These opportunities, he continued, are manifested in particular through the support of primary, college and secondary education programs, depending on the categories of inmates, while allowing them to take exams like others. students.
These opportunities also materialize through the support of higher education programs for residents of penitentiary establishments, specialized training in the penitentiary field, penitentiary sciences in universities, and also through the services provided by training centers within prisons which aim to facilitate inmates’ access to vocational training which facilitates their social and professional reintegration, he continued.
In this context, Said Amzazi expressed the ministry’s determination to provide the necessary assistance to this category of society, particularly at the management level, through the assignment of executives for the three cycles of primary, college and secondary, educational inspection of prison classes, training of educational and administrative staff working in prisons and the creation of new classes in some prisons, depending on the lack recorded at regional level. For her part, the president of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH), Amina Bouayach, noted that “the council does not consider spring universities as an isolated cultural activity, but rather as an educational and social project that allows an individual, who has found himself in a moment in a penitentiary establishment, to flourish at the individual and collective level.
The opening up of the penitentiary establishment has accompanied the change in infrastructure and the improvement of services and is part of the DGAPR’s commitment to carry out reforms and bring them in line with the political, social, cultural and legal changes in the Kingdom, underlined Ms. Bouayach. She further noted that the choice of this year’s theme on social values and their role in preparing prisoners for reintegration reflects the evolution of the discussion around the prison world, in its various aspects within the prison. Kingdom, from a simple administrative discussion and departmental responsibilities to an intellectual depth around social values and the interaction of individuals and groups in specific circumstances.
The president of the CNDH observed that the results of the effort made by the penitentiary establishment to prepare prisoners for social reintegration will remain limited if it is not accompanied by a societal effort imbued with the values of dignity. , tolerance and acceptance of difference, which are human values par excellence characterizing civilized societies.
For his part, the Secretary General of the Rabita Mohammadia of the Ulama, Ahmed Abbadi, stressed the importance of values in the construction of the individual in particular and of societies in general, believing that awareness is one of the conditions for successful action both for individuals and for societies.
The university, in all its forms, is the natural incubator of awareness in societies, added Mr. Abbadi, stressing the importance of qualification in the construction of these values and the passage from insertion to the integration.
In this regard, he noted that the DGAPR is fully aware of all these challenges, explaining that the nature of the partners involved reflects its awareness of the real dimensions that require the resolution and dissolution of cases of this kind.
The opening of this edition was marked by the presence of the General Delegate for Prison Administration and Reintegration, Mohamed Saleh Tamek, the Minister of Justice, the coordinator of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the reintegration of detainees, Abdelouahed Jamali. Idrissi and several other personalities from the academic world.
The program of this university includes two conferences focusing on “Values: Etymology and relevance to the prison question” and “Values: Between individual and institutional responsibility”.