This picture was created especially for us by Epeli, who was an inmate at Naboro Maximum Security prison in Fiji. Epeli is an incredibly talented artist, who has exhibited in several art exhibitions organised to display prisoner art. He created the picture for Learning Staircase as a result of a visit by Ros Lugg to Naboro Prison in 2010. Epeli has a philosophy of incorporating complex and fascinating symbolism into his pictures and his theme for the picture was empowering people through literacy.
The Learning Staircase has donated literacy resources to Naboro Prison, including free literacy software. The offer of free software was extended to all prisons within Fiji as our contribution to prisoner rehabilitation and literacy development. We have also provided free training on remedial literacy and learning disabilities to a variety of teachers in Suva, including representatives from the Fijian Ministry of Education.
The Kip McGrath network of tuition centres is active in Fiji and there is a Kip McGrath unit within Naboro prison itself. Jonathan Anderson, CEO of Kip McGrath NZ has played an active part in setting up literacy tuition opportunities within Fiji through the Kip McGrath network.