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The new building at Prey Sar prison that is set to house a library for inmates, the first of its kind in Cambodia. Photo supplied
Prisoners at Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison will be the first in Cambodia
to benefit from a new prison library programme that aims to
rehabilitate offenders through education.
Hok Sothik, director of
education organisation SIPAR, said the prison’s new US$30,000 library
would be opened in the coming month, stocking books on a wide range of
subjects.
“This is the first project that SIPAR has done in a prison,” Hok Sothik said.
“We are getting ready to put the 5,000 books that have been transferred to the library on to the shelves.
“They
cover a variety of subjects such as general knowledge, culture,
agriculture, history and health that we think will be good for them to
read.”
Hok Sothik hopes the Prey Sar library will improve
prisoners’ knowledge, reduce boredom in prison and help inmates to
understand current affairs.
He said SIPAR had worked in conjunction with the Ministry of Interior for a year to build and stock the library at the prison.
The
organisation has also trained two prison guards to initially work as
librarians, managing the books and library use, but they eventually
plan to train prisoners to manage the facility.
Phnom Penh Post
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