OPTIMising life chances for prisoners and their families
The YesUR programme is an educational programme currently being compiled for use in UK prisons.
Various subjects are covered in this two year programme; including the topics of Addiction, The Lie, Rejection, Shame, Grief, Boundaries, Jealousy, Vengeance, Power, Rape and Trauma. The NIV Bible (available to all prisoners) is the course textbook to learn reading, writing and numeracy skills.
The need for an education programme in the UK prisons comes from the restriction of the Chaplain’s time with the prisoner to just two hours a week, whilst a prisoner may request fifteen hours of education each week.
Our research has shown that prisoners, from an early age, have learnt to isolate themselves from family or have been isolated from society by circumstances or reasons outside their control.
The aim of the programme is to build an inclusive team where the prisoners engage in the teaching of the YesUR Programme and then participate in its delivery.
1. I teach; They watch; we talk
2. I teach; They help; we talk
3. They teach; I help; we talk
4. They teach ; I watch; we talk
5. They teach someone else, as above, and so do I
This builds respect, truth and a team (small society).
The subject matter will aim to add Rhythm, Rhema and Revelation to the National Curriculum of Reading, wRiting and aRthimetic. Each UK prisoner has access to a copy of the NIV Bible. This an ideal textbook to use to explore the prisoners experiences, teach them to read English, spell and write words, learn how to count, add, multiply and divide numbers. All these skills are now required in order to be a member of society in the 21st century.
We will have completed the YesUR programme in July 2016. We aim to run the first course in 2017.
Can you support this work?
We aim to raise £ 7500 to get this programme running in several prisons. Donate just five pounds (i. e. no more than 7.10 CHF). You can do this via the following link - https://www.gofundme.com/26ujv7ev. Each pound will mean another supporter, the more supporters we have the better our chances of receiving funds from grant making trusts and companies. Application to the various grant making bodies and trusts will benefit remarkably from having your support, both throughout the UK and from other countries.
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