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STOU Empowers Young Offenders with Library Skills

Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU), in collaboration with the Central Correctional Institution for Young Offenders, recently held a workshop on “Technical and Library Services Management” at the Central Correctional Institution for Young Offenders’s Prompanya Library on 22 – 26 April 2024.

Organized by STOU’s Office of Documentation and Information, the training aimed to equip inmates with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide standardized library services according to the Correctional Institution Library Standards B.E. 2565. This initiative will ultimately support the effective management of Prompanya Library.

The workshop’s opening ceremony included distinguished guests: Asst. Prof. Dr. Phanompatt Smitananda, Acting President of STOU, and Assoc. Prof. Krittika Jiwaluk, Director of the Office of Documentation and Information. Their presence underscored STOU’s commitment to this valuable program.

STOU administrators took the opportunity to visit the ‘STOU Corner’ within Prompanya Library. They also donated a collection of 20 books, including titles from the Nonthaburi Studies Collection and other university-related materials. Mr. Assanee Sangkhanate, Director of the Penology Division at the Central Correctional Institution for Young Offenders, graciously accepted the contribution.

This donation will further enrich the library’s resources and promote a culture of learning among young offenders.

The opening ceremony in librarian professional training workshop program 2024

Aligned with STOU’s mission to enhance the efficiency of integrated academic society services, this workshop contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

SDG 4: Quality Education: By equipping inmates with library skills, the program promotes inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities.

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities: The initiative supports reducing inequality in society by providing young offenders with skills and knowledge that can empower them upon release.

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals: The collaboration between STOU and the Central Correctional Institution for Young Offenders exemplifies the importance of partnerships between higher education institutions and various community agencies.

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