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EPALE

Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe

 
 

Learning in prisons

At the International training week ‘Education behind Belgian bars’, Wim Ipers, told his international colleagues something more about the particularities of teaching in Brussels' prisons. Wim is a teacher of the center for basic education 'Brusselleer' and has been teaching in Brussels' prisons since 1998. Here you can read what's so specific about teaching in a Brussels' prison, what's the philosophy behind teaching in prison, and what the main obstacles and challenges are.
Monica Vattedal Helgesen is a language teacher in Vik prison, a tiny prison on the western part of Norway. At the international training week ‘Education behind Belgian Bars’ she told the participants more about prison education in Norway.
From April 24th to April 28th 2017 the Flemish Support Center for Adult Education (Vocvo) hosted the international training week ‘Education behind Belgian bars’ for teachers, education coordinators and other interested stakeholders in prison education in Mechelen, Belgium. Nineteen people from 6 countries (Norway, Georgia, France, Spain, Greece and Belgium) participated in the training week. The training provided them an idea of how prison education is organized in Flanders and Brussels. Visits to four prisons in or nearby Mechelen were scheduled. These were the starting point for discussion and exchange. Further topics for discussion were, amongst others, language education, ICT and e-learning and vocational education in prison. Here you can find a full report of this week.
From April 24th to April 28th 2017 the Flemish Support Center for Adult Education (Vocvo) hosted the international training week ‘Education behind Belgian bars’ for teachers, education coordinators and other interested stakeholders in prison education. It turned out a big success. Soon you will find a full report on EPALE. For now you can read here what the participants and the organizers learned about prison education in Belgium (Flanders), France, Georgia, Greece, Spain, and Norway.
The prison context is unique and imposes restrictions and constraints not experienced elsewhere. Prison staff faces challenges that requires psychological, social, didactical and pedagogical on-going support. This course has been designed to provide advanced knowledge and case management techniques to social experts that work in prison context – prison staff.
The violence prevention work within the Via Vis project in Oulu is targeted at 18–39-year-old young adults who have used violence outside the home. The individual and client-centred methods help the clients to carry out the changes they want to make in their lives. The most important building blocks of the project are voluntariness and trust.