Second Chance is the name of a Grundtvig project we do during the period 2013-15 and it’s carried out by associations, training centers, adult schools and different professionals related to the penitentiary system. Six European countries participate in this project: Turkey, Estonia, Italy, Romania, Spain and Poland.
This project is included in The Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP). This programme was designend to enable people, at any stage of their life, to take part in stimulating learning experiences, as well as developing education and training across Europe.
The Grundtvig is a sub-programme focused on the teaching and study needs of adult learners, as well as developing the adult learning sector in general: formal education, non-formal and informal learning, including self-learning.
Within this idea, our project Second chance is born. We understand that education in prison should be an opportunity for the inmates to be included and to participate in society in a way that had been impossible before, now they can do it.
Our project aims at discussing and investigating two issues:
The first refers to the actual situation of education in prison. Education in prison can be a “second chance” to train the inmates, who, for various reasons and situations, did not take advantage of their “first chance” when they were children or youth.
Education for adults, and particularly education for adults in prison, allows the person to think about training and start again. In this case it represents to them a second training opportunity and it is also a benefit for the entire society as it plays an important role in reducing crime.
The second issue is that education can go beyond formal training and guide the inmates towards social integration. They have the opportunity to learn the language of the country they live in, to study a foreign language, ICT, formal education and no formal education. The educational activities also allow them to have an insight into the culture of the country where they are, to learn the values of respect and tolerance and experience an active involvement.