BPP Alumnus Alexander McLean inspires new graduates
BPP University was delighted to welcome BPP alumnus Alexander McLean to the graduation ceremony last month at London’s Guildhall, where he was awarded the title Honorary Doctorate.
Alexander is founder and Director General of the African Prisons Project (APP), which brings dignity and hope to the men, women and children who live and work in prisons across Africa.
BPP’s Alumni Team was proud to meet an alumnus with such passion and commitment and who supports some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. Nobody in the audience will forget the inspirational speech he gave, where he highlighted APP’s vision that prisons in Africa become places of positive transformation which base their approach on human rights and rehabilitation.
Alexander was an 18 year old UK national when he first volunteered in a hospital in Kampala. He was deeply disturbed by the dire conditions he came across. Alexander found himself drawn to patients who were prisoners, often left alone by their relatives. Curious about the conditions they faced in custody, he visited Luzira Upper Prison Uganda. Struck by the living conditions and the fact that the prisoners had hardly any legal representation, Alexander bought materials and supervised the renovation of the prison infirmary. While Alexander was obtaining a law degree he continued to work for his new cause both there and in Uganda. This was in 2004, and he thus founded APP.
APP provides legal education and training and equips a growing community of justice change-makers. Moreover, they offer high quality, affordable, accessible legal services to the most marginalised communities and improve conditions in prisons through their advocacy programme in and beyond Uganda.
An example of one of the APP’s human stories was recently shared by the BBC and we encourage all to read it and reflect on the importance of the rule of law in society: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-43739933. You can see more information about the Africa Prisons Project on https://africanprisons.org.
BPP Alumni Team Dianne Stewart and Kristin Gembiak are looking forward to working with Alexander in the future.
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