BY BENNNY GETENG The PNG Sports Foundation under its Oceania Sports Education Program has collaborated with the Correctional Services to roll out a sports rehabilitation program for inmates. The program is being rolled out at Buimo jail with inmates, CS dependants, and the nearby community with facilitators from the sports foundation and CS. Buimo is the first jail in the country to roll out the program that covers sports administration and coaching courses. PNG Sports Foundation manager for sports for development Sophie Tuna said the program is part of the rehabilitation for prisons in the country. “The courses are part of the Oceania Sports Education Program which is run in 32-plus countries including PNG,” Tuna said. She said it is in partnership with PNG Olympic Committee through the PNGSF as the training provider for the OSEP program. “We are running the sports administration for two days (sports in community) and community coaching course. All the programs are practical and more requirements will enable them over time to be certified as sports administrators and sports coaches,” she said. Tuna said under OSEP training pathways, the program is basic level and there are several steps leading up to being certified and recognised as qualified levels of administrators and coaches and even educators. “Buimo prison is the first and we will then roll out the program to other jails in the country,” she said. CS cadet officer David Kambe Jr, who is coordinating the program, said an MOU for the program is before the PNG Sports Foundation for approval before it is being rolled out in selected regional prisons throughout the country. “We see sports as a tool for development and thus to rehabilitate the prisoners to be productive citizens we decided to engage PNGSF to facilitate the program. “The program will help skill not only the prisoners but the CS dependants and even interested surrounding communities,” he said. Kambe said the program is helpful to counter security concerns for prisons.