Reading helps inmate deal with negativity
READING has assisted an inmate from the Tswelopele Correctional Services centre in Kimberley to clear his mind and remove negativity from his life.
Speaking at the launch of the reading programme for inmates, Wesley Dyson said joining a book club also helped him improve his reading skills.
“I was a stressed person, reading helped me to become calm and also think thoroughly before taking decisions, that is what I have learnt from being part of this initiative,” he told other inmates and the community at the centre yesterday.
“Going forward, it is going to help me to polish my vocabulary and assist me to be positive when engaging with people in higher positions than me and not speak in vernacular of where I am coming from. It will benefit me in future,” he said.
Another participant Sinazo Memela said she had gained confidence through reading.
“I have seen that I can achieve a lot of things in the future through reading a lot even if I’m in prison. The programme has also showed me that I can change my ways and be a better person,” she said.
Programme coordinator of the competition Tebogo Mofokeng said most of the students who were participating in the competition were studying and this was encouraging others to join in.
“This reading for redemption was startes in 2012 nationally with the focus of instilling a love and culture of reading among the inmates. Here in our region we started in 2015.
“Through reading a person can grow, through reading a person can study and learn and this has been continuing for the past three years so that this could be the culture we give to inmates,” she said.
Mofokeng said they were encouraging book clubs in the centres to ensure students were engaging with one another.
“Pupils are interested in the programme. We have seen a lot of changes in pupils. The majority of them are studying and have an interest in being part and parcel of the competition.
“It’s fun for them and they enjoy reading, we also encourage such types of initiative,” she said.