Janice Samuel resident of His Majesty’s Prison in Antigua and Barbuda is the Top
Student in the Lifelong Learning Unit, The UWI FIC course, Digital
Transformation of the Financial Sector.
Upon learning of her success, Samuel was overcome with emotion. “I am surprised
and happy to receive this news. I must admit that from among the many courses
Digital Transformation of the Financial Sector was not my first choice. Although it
was initially challenging, similar to other areas of my life, when things seem
difficult, I engage my best effort to overcome hurdles so that I can achieve a
Samuel now plans to transfer the skills and knowledge gleaned through the
programme to her colleagues in the penal institution. It is believed that this attitude
of camaraderie and humility will serve her well when she reenters society and
establishes her entrepreneurial ventures.
Superintendent of Prisons, Colonel Trevor Pennyfeather welcomed the
announcement and stated that, “Each person has a right to a second chance. The
courses are strengthening our rehabilitation programme and preparing inmates for
life within the prison and in the wider society. We appreciate the opportunities
being presented through the University of The West Indies Five Islands Campus”.
The Lifelong Learning Unit was established in 2021. Through its Seeds of Hope
Programme, residents of His Majesty’s Prison are offered scholarships to
participate in professional development courses. Easier access to continuous
education has created a pathway for a number of inmates to increase knowledge,
improve skills and earn Certificates of Proficiency.
The Executive Director of the Lifelong Learning Unit, Paula C. M. Lee applauded
the efforts of Samuel and all the students who have chosen to study through The
University of the West Indies Five Islands Campus. She acknowledged that,
“Through learning, families and communities can earn higher incomes and
improve their quality of life. Through learning curious minds can discover and
invent. Through learning more people can build and preserve generational
Currently, more than 120 students are enrolled in Quarter 1 courses. “Increasingly
barriers that have restricted access to learning and development are being removed.
We therefore urge working adults across the OECS to register for 2024
professional development courses. The Lifelong Learning Unit is committed to
training individuals to participate in the evolving global job market, Lee observed.