Opening doors: transforming lives
This audio programme from Prisoners' Education Trust, presented by broadcast journalist Andrie Morris, explores the long-term benefits distance learning offers both for individuals, prisons and for society.
This 20 minute programme opens with a speech from Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. It focuses on the opportunities PET offers people in prison to change their lives through education, through the stories of its alumni like Junior Smart who has won awards for his charity work helping young people turn away from crime and current learners like Tony, who describes how his course in business has improved his confidence as well as his relationship with his daughter.
"Instead of thinking of myself as a criminal, I'm a student, I'm studying a degree. Whatever else you are you are more than just a prisoner", says Pat Jones, former director.
As well as profiling the work of PET with contributions from staff and former directors, the programme includes interviews with prison tutors about how they are helping people in prison to improve their basic skills in literacy and numeracy.