RSA – 11 March 2014 – Jose Aguiar: Citizenship and Social Enterprise in Prison


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RSA – 11 March 2014 – Jose Aguiar: Citizenship and Social Enterprise in Prison .

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Many prisoners manifest characteristics of social exclusion. Jose Aguiar, FRSA argues that learning about and fostering skills for citizenship and social enterprise should be a vital part of rehabilitation and inclusion.

Many prisoners come from socially excluded backgrounds, not only are they removed from their own communities in their current situation, but they may not have been fully part of society prior to their imprisonment. The aim of ‘teaching’ citizenship in prison is to help prisoners to gain the social skills needed to be active and responsible citizens in order to assist their resettlement and reduce re-offending.

Such an approach can support employability and entrepreneurship by enabling prisoners to become involved with working people from local community organisations. It encourages learners to debate social and economic problems and issues of the day, and…

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