At the Criminal-correctional institution (KPZ) in Sombor since January this year, the "Step by Step" club was designed to provide support to prisoners through work and education in order to increase the percentage of the success of their reintegration into society, but also to reduce the risk of a criminological relapse. The thing that makes this program special is that it includes members of their families, and everyone who wants to contribute to the reintegration and adaptation of prisoners to the conditions of life in freedom.
Learning in prisons
The national support service of Bosnia and Herzegovina organized the closing EPALE conference 2018 in Stanišići, Bosnia and Herzegovina, November 13-14. The topic of the conference was Prison education.
10 presentations were delivered about different ways, measures or programmes to help low qualified persons integrate into the labour market. Also, a lot of attention was paid to sharing good practice examples about various programmes devoted to the social and work integration of ex-offenders.
The Ministry of Justice has announced the launch of a consultation this month on the new Earned Incentives and Privileges policy. This framework would allow prison governors to select effective incentives for participation in meaningful activities such as education and employment programmes. Governors could tailor incentives to the specific challenges of each prison, as many consider the current system to not be as effective as it could be due to lack of flexibility.
The closing date for receipt of applications under the Irish Probation Service's 'KickStart’ Seed Fund programme has been extended to Friday, the 31st August at 5 p.m.
The programme will support the development of social enterprises and increase employment for people with criminal convictions.
Further details in relation to the KickStart scheme
Further details in relation to the application process
Erasmus+ project "MOPPPI" is presented upon the initiative of a consortium of organizations from Bordeaux (FR) involved with the education, probation and integration of adults under judicial control, namely:
On September 1, 2017 Erasmus+ strategic partnership project "InnOvative WAys for motivating prisoners for learning" (IOWA) KA2 Key Action (KA204) was launched at Siauliai School of Adult Students (Šiaulių suaugusiųjų mokykla), Lithuania, with partners from Belgium, Norway, Spain (project No. 2017-1-LT01-KA204-035225).
ILOT is an association which works for the rehabilitation and reintegration of those rejected by society, and in distress. Among those whom it supports are people with criminal records (released from prison or with suspended sentences). EPALE France is working with ILOT to learn about the steps put in place for their reintegration, particularly the qualification-integration workshops.
The Director of Safe Ground joins EPALE UK's Prison Education Week focus discussion and shares some of the insights, experience and expertise that Safe Ground colleagues (and many others working in arts in custodial and community settings) bring to the wider field of education.
The powerful impact of sport in prison education came under the spotlight at the third annual EPALE UK conference on adult learning, which followed the organisation’s Prison Education Week.
The Department for Secondary Vocational Education, Adult Education and Lifelong Learning of the Agency for Pre- Primary, Primary and Secondary Education, which implements the EPALE project, organized the Final EPALE Conference in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the past two-year period. The Agency for Pre- Primary, Primary and Secondary Education has implemented EPALE project since 2015 with the aim of improving the adult education system in Bosnia and Herzegovina and approaching European educational standards.
EPALE NSS Serbia gives an overview of the main topic of the closing EPALE conference in Bosnia and Herzegovina held 13-14. November 2018. Apart from the presentation of the results and the impact of the EPALE platform in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the countries in the region (Montenegro, Serbia and Croatia), the focus of the conference was on prison education and showcasing best practice examples from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the neighbouring countries.
The UK National Support Service, supported by colleagues from across Europe, has brought together a collection of resources, projects, best practices and more for UK and EU professionals on the topic of prison education and adult learning. Join us for this special focus discussion on prison education!
I have always thought that my only experience with staying in prison would be this related to the "Monopoly” board game. However, my research and professional interests focused on ageing and old age and these can also be observed in prisons.
Sport and physical activity have a unique and important – yet often overlooked – role to play when it comes to working with learners in prison and tackling reoffending. In Part 2 of this blog Professor Rosie Meeks discusses her recommendation to the Ministry of Justice that commissioners and prison education providers should develop a flexible education contract which enables collaborations and creative delivery.
The Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education (CSPACE) are holding their fourth Reimagining Further Education Conference at Birmingham City University on 2 July 2019. The focus is on discussions developed within several working groups formed by delegates. Guests must pick a single working group to join for both the morning and afternoon sessions in order to provoke deeper discussions in specific areas of further education. There are a number of free tickets available.
El próximo 10 de abril de 2019 tendrá lugar en el CEP de Sevilla un espacio de encuentro entre los centros que atienden al alumnado interno en centros penitenciarios de Andalucía. Principalmente consitirá en un intercambio de buenas prácticas entre aquellos profesionales que atienden a alumnado recluso desde centros de educación permanente ubicados en establecimientos penitenciarios o que estando fuera de dichos recintos los atiendan de forma semipresencial.
A continuación se indica el programa de la jornada y cómo registrarse en el evento:
You are invited to join the 11th edition of EDULEARN (11th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies) that will be held in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July 2019.
This conference will be the best opportunity to present and share your experiences in the fields of Education and New Learning Technologies in a multicultural and enriching atmosphere.
Every year, EDULEARN brings together over 800 delegates from 80 different countries.
There will be 3 presentation formats: Oral, Poster or Virtual.
The European Prison Education Association, together with its Irish branch, the Irish Prison Education Association, look forward to welcoming participants to the 17th International Training Conference taking place in Dublin, Ireland.
The EPEA is an organisation made up of prison educators, administrators, governors, researchers and other professionals, whose interests lie in promoting and developing education and related activities in prisons throughout Europe in accordance with the recommendations of the Council of Europe.
The Prisons Education & Library Services for adult prisons in England Policy Framework by the Ministry of Justice provides the minimum mandatory requirements needed to deliver education and library services in adult prisons in England. Governors, heads of groups, the women’s estate, public sector prisons and over 18s young offender institutions are all expected to adhere to the framework.
Understand continuing vocational training in France after the 2018 reform and take advantage of concrete examples thanks to the EPALE articles
The Learning and Work Institute have created a helpful resource that benefits prisoners and learning providers by encouraging positive family relationships between the prsioners and their relatives. This helps prisoners to be released into society as better citizens.
The resource will be most beneficial to prison learning providers, including: prison governors; heads of learning and skills; third sector and family learning managers; and programme commissioners.
The report contains a presentation of the state of prison education in Europe. It focuses on the situation in the partner countries: in Belgium, Malta, Romania, Slovenia and the United Kingdom.
The Prisoners’ Education Trust has created a toolkit that aims to help prison staff, academics, widening access staff and students understand the different types of prison-university partnerships, and provides guidance on setting up new projects.
Teaching in prison entails teaching in a particular context that you have to know in order to establish its place. The issue of education in prison cannot be broached therefore without paying attention to the particular context in which it is provided. This is what we shall do in an initial point. We will then report and comment on the experiments conducted under “REINSERT,” a social advancement education project co-funded by the European Social Fund.
EPALE National Support Service issues an electronic magazine each month tied to the thematic focus on EPALE. The magazine contains a selection of most read blogs on the platform translated into Serbian and other articles relevant to adult education in Serbia and Europe.
In accordance with the EPALE monthly focus the magazine in July 2018 dealt with Prison education.
The Flemish (Belgian) project 'Learning Inside Out project (LIO)' is a collaboration between Leerwinkel West-Vlaanderen, the Justice Department and Vocvo (Flemish support center for adult education). LIO offers guidance and orientation on adult education for inmates in order to increase their chances on reintegration. The service is accessible for the inmates in the prisons of Ypres, Ruiselede and Bruges (West Flanders).The project is supported by the European Social Fund.
Dr. Kevin Warner, former National Co-ordinator of Prison Education in the Irish Prison Service, researches and writes about the practice and philosophy of adult education, specifically the approach to it by prisoners and prison education policies.