Sharjah24: Over 120 male and female inmates at Sharjah Penitentiary and Correctional Facility have been targeted by various programs designed by the Sharjah Museums Authority (SMA) as part of its commitment to accessibility and social responsibility .
Inmates praised the positive initiative and said they entertained, educated and encouraged them to follow the right path as well.
On September 12, the Sharjah Art Museum hosted an online conference on the differences between two and three-dimensional works and how to use the available materials to create a work of art.
On September 21, the Museum of Islamic Civilization in Sharjah will introduce inmates to the steps of recycling paper to help spread a culture of reduction, reuse and recycling.
Programs that started during Ramadan will end with an Arabic calligraphy workshop that targets 20 inmates on October 4.
Manal Ataya, Director General of the Sharjah Museums Authority (SMA), that such programs are in line with their mission of “accessibility for all” and, in particular in this case, support the rehabilitation and general well-being of prisoners by offering an outlet through a cultural exhibition experience, and opportunities to learn a new skill in our on-site workshops. We believe this helps them become active and positive members of the community upon release.
Among the seven programs on this year’s schedule was the Sharjah Calligraphy Museum’s Al âRuqÊ¿ah Handwritingâ workshop, which targeted 14 inmates while Khor Fakkan Fort’s âStone Engravingâ addressed 20 others.
An in-depth training course aimed at enabling 10 male inmates to provide professional visits to the temporary exhibition âTreasures of Sharjah Museumsâ organized by the SMA at the Penitentiary and Correctional Institution, showcasing a selection of collections from Sharjah Museums, was organized by the Museums of the Islamic Religion of Sharjah. Civilization, Sharjah Heritage Museum, Sharjah Archeology Museum and Sharjah Calligraphy Museum during the months of August and September.
During this course, inmates were made aware of the importance of museums, collections, the qualities of a tourist guide, effective communication between guides and the public.
An online conference organized in English by Bait Al Nabooda last month on “UAE Culture” explained to inmates the rich history, heritage, traditions and costumes of the country, traditional sports as well as the connection between Emirati coffee and hospitality.
The programs come after a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Sharjah Museums Authority and the Sharjah Police Headquarters in 2018 to educate detainees and provide them with information that would aid in their rehabilitation and return to life. productive members of the community.