One of the department's initiatives this year is targetting schools and youth groupings for our Yellow Ribbon awareness programmes. In doing so, we are being proactive in our efforts to reduce the increasing youth population at our centres.
Fiji's youths need to understand that life behind bars is a waste of valuable time and that there is nothing glamorous about it. Once convicted that stigma has a bearing on their destiny, hence the need for avoidance.
In this section, we attempt to highlight all our Yellow Ribbon awareness programmes in schools, communities, villages, settlements and even in maritime zones. We have also been pro-active in our approach towards getting more communities involved with the concept of giving ex-offenders a second chance. This year, we have been participating in village meetings, district meetings and even provincial meetings to help members of the public become aware of the changes that are happenign within our 13 institutions and the need for us as members of the public to also play a part in changing their lives for the better. We have already launched the Yellow Ribbon Programme in Kadavu this year during the first quarter and will launch the same programme in the old capital of Levuka in the month of June. www.corrections.org.fj