As part of the arts competition for inmates in Bulawayo prisons dubbed: ‘Inside Out,’ a workshop was conducted for the first batch of those that qualified from the preliminary stage.

The workshop was conducted in conjunction with the National AIDS Council (NAC) and PSI at the Khami maximum and remand prisons.

Participants had to first make the grade by way of satisfying judges during a grueling preliminary stage.

Bulawayo’s Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) Arts Ambassador, Clarence Garura highlighted that NAC and PSI were leading out by way of giving the inmates themes they had to follow for their creative works to showcase in the later stages of the competition.

“For the inmates to get to the next round, they need to be given assignments for them to compose songs, to write poems or to write dramas based on certain themes which NAC today is supposed to teach them,” she said.

NAC Bulawayo Provincial Manager, Sinatra Nyathi revealed that her organisation had partnered the organisers of Inside Out as part of its efforts to fight the scourge of HIV and AIDS.

“We are presenting to the inmates updated information in terms of HIV and AIDS. We are also giving them the current themes such the one which has been running since 2016 to date, which is of closing the gaps of HIV infections,” said Nyathi.

After this phase, the participants that showcase music, poems, dance and drama will proceed to the semi-finals that are set for the 21st of March which will be followed by a boot camp for all finalists.