Dayanna Gaitán adjusts the roller of the industrial sewing machine, places the thread on the needle and, immediately afterwards, slides the light blue fabric on the table that will soon become hospital clothing for the CCSS. Not only does the making of this clothing pass through her hands, but her desire to acquire new knowledge that enables her to successfully insert herself into society after serving her sentence.
This will be possible thanks to the initiative led by the Ministry of Justice and Peace together with the National Institute of Women (INAMU) and the National Institute of Learning (INA), through which 14 women deprived of liberty who work in the industrial workshop of the Institutional Care Center (CAI) Vilma Curling obtained a certification from the latter entity that will allow them to develop job skills.
“The certification will give these women access so that they can enroll in different courses taught by the INA, such as cutting and making diapers for children and adults, or the handling of flat and overlock machines, thereby deepening the training process that They have already been in the workshop, ”explained Jamie Prado, a prison counselor.
The workshop began to operate in February of last year, as a way to strengthen the opening of learning spaces in the prison system, as well as in response to the institutional arrangement in attention to Covid-19. There, the women deprived of liberty have started a process of constant training and strengthening of cognitive, motor and soft skills, and of previous knowledge or experiences in the matter.
Building opportunities. Training, education and job opportunities arise within the framework of the “Building Opportunities” job placement strategy, which seeks to provide the prison population with skills and abilities to increase the chances of social insertion.
“When I came in here I had never sewn, I had not touched a machine. I am very proud because when I leave I will do it with an additional profession, since I am also taking the university. This allows one to leave with work experience thanks to projects like this, ”said Dayanna Gaitán.
An INA teacher specialized in flat and overlock machines carried out a series of tests on the women during the month of February. Once they successfully passed this process, they obtained certification in the use of industrial maquila machines.
“For the Ministry of Justice and Peace, it is a joy to see how much can be achieved when combining the articulation of inter-institutional efforts with the work and desire of persons deprived of liberty to change their lives,” emphasized the Minister of Justice and Paz, Fiorella Salazar Rojas.