Georgia: A digital university will be launched for convicts in penitentiary institutions. The Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of the project was signed by the Minister of Justice Rati Bregadze and the Minister of Education and Science Mikheil Chkhenkeli in the N5 (Women’s) Penitentiary Institution.
The Minister of Justice wished success to the future students and thanked Mikheil Chkhenkeli for his active involvement in the Digital University project:
“Today is another clear proof that we are fulfilling all our promises and will continue to do so in the future,” Rati Bregadze said.
The Minister of Education and Science stressed the importance of the Digital University project and expressed the full support of the Ministry of Justice:
“The Ministry of Education and Science will do everything possible to ensure that people in penitentiary institutions receive a quality education,” Mikheil Chkhenkeli said.
Rati Bregadze showed Mikheil Chkhenkeli the library, gym, football field and beauty salon of N5 penitentiary institution.
Digital University is another fulfilment of the promise of the Ministry of Justice and part of the agency’s 10-year development strategy. The project will enable persons in penitentiary institutions to receive electronic education at authorized universities in Georgia at both the bachelor’s and master’s levels.
The introduction of the e-learning method in penitentiary institutions and access to higher education is an important step towards the realization of the right of convicts to education and their re-socialization-rehabilitation.