Cambodia : prisons granted more funds to develop libraries

Cambodian’s prison libraries are set to receive an extra $600,000 in funding from the French Agency for Development and literacy NGO Sipar, according to a statement released yesterday.
Sipar director Hok Sothik said the extra funding will be spread out over three years and enhance 26 prison libraries across 10 provinces, as well as provide literacy classes and rehabilitation services such as vocational training.
We contribute to provide education to them [prisoners],” he said, adding that the program’s purpose is to educate prisoners to prevent them reoffending. Mr. Sothik said reading books helped develop prisoners’ cognitive abilities and helped sustain better emotional control.  

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