Funded by Cisco Networking Academy, managed by AVSI Ecuador and developed by the Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and Services in collaboration with ESPE University, the "education project and social reintegration for person deprived of liberty (PDL)" is designed to generate work opportunities related to technology from within the Ecuadorian prison system
The new center gives access to ten computers to the prison population. The space was designed to address all the technical requirements while respecting all security protocols. Each PDL will be allowed three video calls per month, each with the maximum duration of one hour. The center is supervised by the Ministry of Justice employees.
“The technology is available in the prisons and now we can undertake a project that creates educational and social reintegration opportunities that will benefit all our peers," said Antonio H., one of the beneficiaries.
The initiative began as an educational and social reintegration project supported by the Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and Services in conjunction with the multinational technology company Cisco, AVSI Foundation and the ESPE University.
“A few years ago, a project like this would be unimaginable inside the social rehabilitation centers,” said Dustin Ortega, CRS Cotopaxi Director. “Nowadays, we can see companies like Cisco interested in investing in rehabilitation projects like this, which benefit the society.”
Within this project, a workshop will also be built where PDLs will assemble and later sell computers.