Boys' Prison Education Programme
- Mongolia -
In the course of Christina's research into the plight of children in Mongolia, a major need became apparent that within the prison system of Mongolia the idea of rehabilitation is ignored, even for young teenagers. Most imprisoned teenagers are left uneducated and receive no assistance in terms of post-release adjustment or counseling resulting in cycle of re-admission for many youths.
There is one Children's Prison in Mongolia and it accommodates boys only. Girls are held in a separate unit within the Women's Prison. Our Foundation provides full-time education at the Boys' Prison. While most incarcerated children are illiterate, the studies concentrate on reading, writing and mathematics as teaching literacy has a profound effect on children. The children study hard and with a renewed sense of self esteem, they are able to communicate by letter with their families, relieving some of the loneliness common to prisoners. The number of children admitted to our programme fluctuates depending on the number of children sentenced or released.