COSTAATT’s Link Up Empowers Prisoners Through Education

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COSTAATT’s Link Up Empowers Prisoners Through Education

The College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT) launched its Link-Up Initiative by screening the documentary “Education not Incarceration”.

The film, produced by the Incarceration Nations Network and Dr Dreisinger, centres on the experiences of incarcerated students worldwide.

In a statement, COSTAATT said Link-Up embodies the institution’s vision to serve diverse communities, enhance social equity and improve economic diversification.

This programme is based on a prison education approach pioneered by Dr Baz Dreisinger, and the Prison to College Pipeline project founded at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

At the film’s screening at COSTAATT’s Port of Spain campus last month, the College hosted representatives from the Incarceration Nations Network, the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service, the Ministry of Youth Development and National Service, the Ministry of Education, among others.

Dr Keith Nurse, President of COSTAATT, communicated that programmes like this represent the raison d’être of COSTAATT and are fully aligned with the College’s strategic vision of preparing work-ready students to meet industry needs.

According to the project lead Dr Keron King, COSTAATT’s Link-Up programme ‘links’ the formerly incarcerated student ‘up’ to other stakeholders, all to aid in their re-integration into society.