The Role of Open and Distance Learning Institution in Providing Access to Learning Among Prison Inmates.
PCF5 Sub-theme: Governance and social justice // Primarily, prisons are built as an institution to help control the rate of crime in the society and also reform the prisoners. In view of this, an investigation was carried out on how Open and Distance Learning institution like the National Open University of Nigeria can extend educational services that will provide access to learning among prison inmates. In most African countries, much has not been done to help prison inmates to acquire education beyond the primary and at most secondary school level. The study found out that arrangement that can be put in place to establish study centres as meeting points for the learners and their instructors in addition to the method of providing support services for the learners. Suitable learning facilities to be needed were identified and how they can be made available within the confines of the laws guiding prison services were stated. The advantages that can be derived when access to learning is provided to the prison inmates are stated in the paper. Suggestions are also made on the role of stakeholders like Open and Distance Learning institutions, the government, religious bodies, prison inmates’ relations and other relevant organizations in meeting the financial needs of learner inmates during the course of their study.. Appropriate recommendations are made based on how prison inmates can maximize the advantages of gaining access to learning through the Open and Distance Learning. // Paper ID 140