Penetrating prison walls: Education for Inmates

IOU Prison Initiative MapThe International Open University’s (IOU) Distance Learning Prison Initiative, in the United States, has witnessed continued expansion of the program and it reaches more than half of the nation (29 states and Puerto Rico). After starting with 500 inmates in 2014, the program has increased its’ enrollment to more than 3,000 inmates. It is now operating in more than 150 federal and state facilities nation-wide.  More than 400 graduate inmates have achieved Certificates of Completion have been earned and distributed to the inmates or their family members.

Each month, the program welcomes between 50 – 100 new inmate enrollees into the initiative, Alhamdulillah.

While IOU’s online courses are ideal for prison inmates, they are not allowed internet access. Therefore, there is a need for these courses to be taught within the prison itself. This requires the study materials to be printed, courses to be available using DVD or other media that does not require internet access as well as an instructor to help explain lessons and the concepts taught.

IOU’s costs to run the initiative includes:

1. Textbooks
2. Exam papers, grading and follow-up (retakes where necessary)
3. CDs and DVDs (made available to the Institutional Chaplains)
4. Correspondence (mail, phone calls)
5. Certificates
6. Institutional visits when possible

We have also started the same initiative in Ghana in 2017, where we have over 30 student inmates in the Nsawam Medium Security Prison, and are looking to expand into the Kumasi Central Prison (Ashanti Region), Tamale Central Prison (Norther Region), and Koforidua Prison (Eastern Region).

For this reason, IOU needs your support. By making a donation to IOU’s Prison Initiative, your money will work to change the lives of those who fell by the wayside during life’s challenges. This drive is an annual expenditure reaching $95,000 in the USA and $10,000 in Ghana.

Total annual cost: $105,000

Please donate today and reap the benefits in this life and the next.

Prisoner Testimonial

Muslim Life in the California State Prison

You can donate with Al-Amin Trust Fund Inc.
















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