A significant number of offenders lack the necessary literacy skills to effectively function in the modern day knowledge-based economy and to gainfully participate in rehabilitation programmes. Education services are therefore geared to imparting offenders with functional literacy skills and relevant vocational skills.
The NCS education framework is based on three streams namely;
1. Functional Literacy
The aim of NCS is to achieve functional literacy for all illiterate offenders who come into its custody within the first 12 months of commencing serving their sentences. This goal is achieved by use of the Accelerated Methods to Learning approach.
2. Educational upgrading to improve vocational training and employment prospects
The goal of this stream of education activities is to assist offenders to acquire the appropriate level of education to allow them to qualify to enrol in vocational training programmes. This is important in view of the fact that in Namibia a minimum of Grade 10 educational achievement is required to access vocational training programmes and other forms of employment.
3. Education activities based on interest
This is the stream of educational activities that is initiated by offenders to improve their levels of educational attainment. These pursuits include studying to attain Grade 12 qualification and other tertiary level education qualifications.
The first stream of education enjoys first priority in the NCS because it has greater bearing on offending and adjustment in the correctional setting and in the world outside.