A contract agreement on the radio educational awareness program for the Correctional Service of Solomon Islands (CSSI) was signed on Friday 6 May 2022 between Gabriel Manelusi, Commissioner Correctional Service, and Moddie Nanau, SIBC Manager Sales and Marketing.
The signing of the document now officially endorses all discussion and arrangement towards the implementation of the radio educational awareness program which will go to air on the 18 May 2022.
“Reasons is that Solomon Islands is a country with well over 80% of its citizen living in the rural areas,” a statement from CSSI said.
“A vast majority of the population are illiterate and are deprived of their right to access relevant information,” it added.
This radio educational awareness can be seen as a way forward in raising awareness on the role of CSSI and the responsibility of the communities in giving ex-offenders a “second chance in life” during this COVID 19 protocols.
This radio educational awareness strategy is designed to educate citizens and stakeholders on the transition from Solomon Islands Prison Services (SIPS) to CSSI, promote Rehabilitation, Regeneration, Reintegration Strategy 2022 and beyond, provide avenues for public support and collaboration with CSSI, promote of peacebuilding, preventation and rehabilitation of ex-offenders at all levels, educate citizens on legal obligations and mandates to reduce and prevent crime and re-offenses and acknowledge the cooperation of former parolees through effective follow-up process
In his remarks during the signing, Commissioner Manelusi thanked and acknowledged SIBC Manager Sales and Marketing for the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and thank the UNDP Country Manager for financing the radio educational awareness program for CSSI, at a cost of $38,082.00.
The duration of the MOA is 8 months, May to December 2022.