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Philippines gives inmates IT lessons

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Prisoners in the Philippines are being given computer classes in an effort to provide them with the skills to turn away from crime and enter the workforce at the end of their sentences. 

Inmates undergo training in basic computer literacy for at least three hours a day under a two-month government-sponsored scholarship programme, after which they receive a certificate of completion.

"This is really a big help to them because most of them do not have any background on computers or have not finished their studies," Maria Irene Esquinas, superintendent of Taguig City Jail in Metro Manila, told Channel News Asia.

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