PRISON BASED INFORMAL LEARNING THROUGH SPEED LITERACY PROGRAM AND ITS IMPACT ON THEIR PSYCHOLOGICAL OUTCOMES
National University of Sciences and Technology (PAKISTAN)
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Conference name: 8th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 4-6 July, 2016
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:Pakistan is facing educational crisis of unparalleled proportions with nearly half of all children of school going age out of school. There are almost 25 million out of school children. In these large proportions lie a small percentage of children living behind the bars in the juvenile jails of Pakistan, without provision of education or any other technical training facilities. Unfortunately the condition and needs of the juvenile delinquents are being neglected at provincial and federal levels. The imprisonment of juveniles with such limited resources is a dangerous development that only exacerbates crime and delinquency in the country. The objective of this research is to investigate the impact of engagement on the emotional and behavioral well-being of juvenile learners through speed literacy program. For this purpose, an informal innovative curriculum would be prepared. This intervention will provide juveniles with a learning opportunity through the use of technology blended with Paulo Freire’s philosophy of education which will assist them to read and write in English Language. Engagement in these learning activities will detract the juvenile learners from their daily drill and help them control their aggression and rebuild their self-esteem.
Keywords: Prison-based education, juvenile delinquents, Speed literacy, informal learning, innovative technologies.