LASALLE helps inmates learn real-world skills

14 April 2014
Media Release

On Monday 14 April, a total of 80 inmates from Tanah Merah Prison (Prison School), Changi Women’s Prison and Changi Prison Complex Institution A4 received National Youth Achievement Awards (NYAA) at a ceremony presided over by Mr Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth.

As part of the NYAA programme, LASALLE designed and delivered a basic video editing course to inmates in December. None of the participants had any prior experience of video editing. “By the end of the course, all of them were able to produce a short three-minute edited video that incorporated motion graphics and text, as well as video effects and a soundtrack,” said Khalid Almkhlaafy, Programme Leader, Diploma in Broadcast Media.

Real-World Skills Guest of Honour, Minister Lawrence Wong, presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Khalid Almkhlaafy at the NYAA Award Ceremony

Following the course, students put their newly acquired skills to the test by creating motivational short films within the prison environment. The best film, showcasing the value of tenacity, was screened at the NYAA Award Ceremony to warm applause. Students from the winning team were awarded certificates of merit.

“As an educator for over twenty years, this course is one of the most satisfying I have taught,” added Khalid.

A follow-up advanced video editing course, also designed by LASALLE, is currently under way in the Prison School. LASALLE’s ongoing engagement work with Singapore Prison Service include Design certificate courses for female inmates at the Changi Women’s Prison in 2012 and 2013, and a Fine Arts course for male inmates in 2009.

Photos courtesy of Singapore Prison Service