Bataan Peninsula State University’s (BPSU) paper, “Spreading Hope Behind and Beyond: Promoting Social Justice and Transformation and Reintegration of Persons Deprived of Liberty Through Education and Training” won Best Paper Award in the recently concluded International Conference on Extension (ICONEx2021).
Organized by the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, the conference was conducted last August 20 via Zoom.
The paper is jointly authored by Dr. Bernadeth Gabor, Director of Extension and Training Services Office and faculty member Nomer Varua.
In his virtual presentation, Varua explained the paper is a combination of outputs of the two researches about the 10-year old Hope Behind Bar program. The paper tackles the effectiveness of the program and the tracer study of ex-detainees.
The paper also presented innovative practices on sustainable extension development program, providing a prototype and a model for conducting extension programs in state universities.
The ICONEx2021 is an international conference that aims to bring forward meaningful discussions on the best extension modalities and practices from various countries as part of the country’s efforts to realize sustainable development goals.
Gabor thanked BPSU Pres. Dr. Greg Rodis and Vice President for Research and Extension and Training Services Dr Hermogenes Paguia for the support. She is project leader of Hope Behind Bar while Varua is project member.
The program is in-prison skills development program through university’s extension office that offers various technical-vocational courses to inmates.