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Prison Libraries

At the ZODML Prison Knowledge Centre at the Ikoyi Correctional Facility, Lagos State

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.” ― Carl R. Rogers, psychologist

Statistics show that in order to fully reintegrate former inmates into society, educational intervention is vital. Education helps to increase employability, reduce recidivism, and help ensure a better quality of life.

ZODML’s Prison Libraries are a space for reading and personal development. The Prison Libraries provide inmates studying for external exams and on Open University courses with learning tools and resources, from textbooks to reference books.

ZODML opened its first Prison Library at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre in March 2013. The library augments facilities established at the prison in 1997 by the Muharam Sisters Educational Foundation.

ZODML in 2015 we established 3 more libraries in Kirikiri Medium, Kirikiri Maximum and Badagry Prison thereby covering all the prisons in Lagos and also donated a book case and books to the already exiting prison library at the Kirikiri Female prison Lagos.

In 2016, we extended our services to the eastern part of the country by establishing in a prison library in Onitsha and another in Awka.

In 2017, we set up additional four libraries. One in Nnewi Medium Prison, others in Ekwulobia Prison, Enugu Prison and Orji-river Prison respectively.

We also launched new Prison Libraries, in Ile-ife, Osun state and also in Oyo and Agodi both in Oyo state, all in 2018.

This initiative is aimed at providing access to positive and constructive activities. The Prison Libraries support prisoners through their rehabilitation and helps them on the road to a better future.