Learning in prisons
Tech for good - unlocking a ‘needs led’ approach to Learning Difficulties and Disabilities in prisoners
Helen Arnold-Richardson and Professor Amanda Kirby discuss the proliferation of learning disabilities in the prisoner population and the benefits of using the Do-IT Profiler software to enable them to learn effectively.
Aiming at supplying jobs to disadvantaged groups in Samsun, as Canik Public Education Center we gave a vocational course on painting to the 20 women Roman citizens living in the suburbs of Canik. We gave the same to 20 prisoners in the ateliers of the prison. Those who participated are now able to run their own business or work in public institutions. We noticed that the women in question had more self-confidence and are now able to compete with men in the sector.
In the Directorate of Probation in Karaman, various courses are offered for disadvantaged women such as gas welding and carpet weaving, ceramic technology. On the ceramic technology course given to disadvantaged women in Karaman, 17 disadvantaged women are given 6 hours of training per day, 5 days a week. After completion of the 616-hour course, they will receive a certificate from Karaman Public Education Center.
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.
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:
The European Prison Education Association (EPEA) held their biannual conference in Dublin in June 2019 and celebrated their 25th anniversary. The conference presented many topics for discussion, including mental health, Special Education Needs and prisoners of ethnic minorities. Delegates were able to enjoy a range of talks and workshops and attended an art exhibition in former prison Kilmainham Gaol. EPALE UK Ambassador Jamine Miller reflects on the conference and dicusses what she has learned.
Most research has shown that there are at least 1 in 3 people in prison who have one or more Learning Difficulty and/or Disabilities. Different conditions have been included under this umbrella such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Dyslexia, Dyspraxia (also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder) (DCD) or Dyscalculia, Developmental Language Disorders (DLD), and Learning Disabilities. While often considering each condition in isolation, the reality is that they all often overlap and so each person will have a unique pattern of strengths and challenges. Up till now it has been difficult to deliver a practical means of identifying needs and delivering practical support. Using neuroscience and technology, this can now be achieved.
Working as a prison educator can be an extremely rewarding career – teachers can work with vulnerable individuals who are keen to improve their prospects when released and who have diverse opinions that facilitate meaningful debate. A smaller class size also allows the teacher to target individuals that need support the most and provides greater opportunity to build rapport with learners. Although working in a prison is a challenge that requires resilient staff, FE teachers should consider the benefits of pursuing a career as a prison educator.
There are plenty of opportunities to find voluntary roles that involve working with prisoners, both inside and outside of prisons. Those who work as engagement leads with volunteers may find this blog useful for suggesting different types of voluntary projects to get involved with. From counselling prisoners to applying creative skills, there is something for everyone. Prisoners are some of the most vulnerable people in society, making voluntary roles with them both challenging and highly rewarding.
As part of the teachers that met at the Meeting of Lifelong-education Schools placed at penitentiary centres or working with students deprived of liberty, that took place on April 10th in Seville, Spain, we were able to share our experience with those of other schools.
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.
ADVED 2019- 5th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADVANCES IN EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
21-23 October, 2019ISTANBUL, Turkey
Organized by: International Organization Center of Academic Research
CALL FOR PAPERS:
You are invited to participate in ADVED 2019- 5th International Conference on Advances in Education and Social Sciences that will be held in ISTANBUL, Turkey on 21-23 October, 2019.
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.
This PowerPoint is from the 17th EPEA (European Prison Education Association) Conference, which took place in Dublin 12-16th of June. In it Alan Smith explores the EU's interaction with prison education throughout its existence, as well as gathering together links to relevant EU policy, reports and actions.
The Hardman Trust have now released their 2019-2020 directory and it is free to download for both prisoners and prison staff from their website. The Harman Directory is a free practical guide that helps prisoners and those recently released from prison to find supplementary support and other kinds of financial support.
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.