The Government has set aside $18 million to equip wards at the Metcalfe Street Juvenile Centre with livelihood skills and increased access to work opportunities.
As contained in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the House of Representatives, the money is being provided under the Support to Metcalfe Project, which is being funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
For this fiscal year, anticipated targets include: supplying wards with agricultural, vocational, and sport supplies; and fully equipping an operational computer laboratory and sick bay.
Physical achievements to date include: skills training provided for 120 wards with 60 others trained in cash crop farming; establishment of a soundproof music room with music lessons provided to 50 wards; computer training provided to 120 wards; psychological counselling and assessment for 140 wards; basic medical examination administered to 110 wards; and the hiring of one nurse and four psychologists.
The programme, which is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security, was originally scheduled to end in October 2012, but has now been extended to June 2013.
By Chris Patteson, JIS Reporter