On Monday (21 February 2022), Jamiyah Halfway House (Darul Islah) officially opened a newly refurbished computer classroom at the halfway house. The refurbished computer classroom is part of the IT Skills Programme, an initiative between Darul Islah, Yellow Ribbon Fund (YRF) and Acronis.
Acronis had sponsored $100,000 through the Yellow Ribbon Fund to the project – $50,000 for the renovation and upgrading of the computer classroom, including 15 new laptops and other equipment. Another $50,000 will be used for IT training courses in 2022.
The opening of the newly refurbished computer classroom was graced by Guest of Honour Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of National Development.
In his closing remarks, Assoc Prof Faishal said: “Employability has always been a huge hurdle for ex-offenders. Jobs that provide financial stability will help ex-offenders rebuild their lives. Given how technology has become part of our daily lives, being computer literate will open doors of opportunities for both our offenders and ex-offenders. I’m glad that the Yellow Ribbon Fund, Acronis, and Jamiyah Halfway House have realised their shared vision to develop a classroom lab that can support regular IT training for residents of the Halfway House. The Computer Classroom will enable the residents to upgrade their IT knowledge and skills, build their confidence in this field, and consequently improve their employability upon their release.”
Jamiyah Singapore would like to thank MOS Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim for gracing the event, as well as Acronis and Yellow Ribbon Fund for collaborating with Darul Islah, supporting financially and in training provision to the halfway house. We look forward to closer collaboration between all our partners in IT training and other possible projects which could help our residents in their rehabilitation and reintegration journey in the future.
BERITA Mediacorp covered the event. Read the full coverage here.