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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


Learning in prisons

Trainings for the staff of started on 31 October 2018, General Directorate for Lifelong learning and ended on 15 March 2019 in the context of the Project called European Agenda for Adult Learning, implemented by Ministry of National Education. Trainings were provided in 7 pilot provinces (Malatya, Mardin, Manisa, Eskişehir, Bursa, Ordu, and Hatay) for the staff working in 81 Provincial Directorates of Supervised Freedom Directorates who gives guidance to supervised freedom convicts and ex-convicts.

The MOBi project is a partnership of eight organizations present in five different EU countries. The project’s aim is to deliver a multi-modal approach that brings together the CJS, the civil society and (ex)offenders. It is meant to make us think about our own impact on (ex) offenders’ lives and their reintegration process not only as individuals, but also as a society. In this article we will be talking about Intellectual Output 1 (IO1) which consists of an Assessment Tool to screen society’s perceptions on (ex) offenders needs and CJS function and Intellectual Output 2 (IO2) which is focused on creating an Assessment Tool to screen offender’s perceptions on society’s acceptance regarding reintegration process.

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.

“Basic Andragogical Training for Prison Educators” (project ID number: 2018-1-RS01-KA204-000433) is KA2 project supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union focused on improvement of prison educators competencies needed for adequate work with imprisoned people. Coordinator of the project is Serbian Association of Andragogists (SAA) from Belgrade (Serbia). Partners on the project are Koinè, the voluntary organization from San Felice a Cancello (Italy) and Gebze Public Education Center (GPEC) from Gebze (Turkey).

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.

O Kerigma – Instituto de Inovação e Desenvolvimento Social de Barcelos em conjunto com outras organizações europeias da Itália, da Grécia e do Chipre está a desenvolver um projecto de educação de adultos, apoiado pelo programa Erasmus+, denominado de STEPS – Supporting Ties in the Education of Prisoners/Ap

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.

4 July 2019
by Helen Arnold-Ri...

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.

20 June 2019

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. 

15 May 2019
Training on bread baking at roundhouse are organized by the Public Education Center in Karabük province in the context of the project ‘Making bread with prisoners’. The target group of the project are the prisoners of Karabük roundhouse. The aim of the project is to provide prisoners with income in prison and adapt quickly when they come out of convictions and so, not to commit a crime again. Within the scope of the project, 30 prisoners have registered the training on bread baking for 5 days a week, by making 2000 bread a day. They both meet the bread need of the prison and gain income by selling the remaining bread to the markets outside.
8 March 2019

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.

16 January 2019
by Camille POIRAUD
Tuesday 12 November 2019, United Kingdom

Policing the Community Conference and Community Awards 2019

The Howard League for Penal Reform will be holding the Policing the Community Conference and Community Awards 2019 in London on 12 November. The event will explore how to address the issue of too many people being brought into conflict with the criminal justice system and consider alternative services they could be referred to, as well as present the winning organisations and projects with their Community Awards.

Thursday 7 November 2019, United Kingdom

Clinks training: Working and volunteering in prison, North West

Clinks is providing a one-day training course that helps to prepare voluntary workers to work in prisons. The event will take place in Liverpool, although training can be organised onsite if an organisation requires it. Training will cover a range of topics and give special focus to theory, self-reflection and practical guidance.

Wednesday 12 June 2019 to Saturday 15 June 2019, Ireland

17th International EPEA Training Conference: Past, Present & Future Education in Prison

The European Prison Education Association (EPEA) , together with its Irish branch, the Irish Prison Education Association, are holding its 17th International Training Conference taking place in Technological University (TU) Dublin between June 12th and 16th. 

Tuesday 2 July 2019, United Kingdom

#ReImagineFE – the fourth CSPACE Reimagine Further Education Conference

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. 

Wednesday 10 April 2019, Spain

Encuentro de centros de educación permanente ubicados en establecimientos penitenciarios o con atención a alumnado interno en los mismos

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:



Friday 1 March 2019 to Wednesday 15 May 2019, Italy

Farsi prossimo

A Bolzano da marzo a maggio 2019 il servizio Odós della Caritas della Diocesi di Bolzano organizza un corso per formare nuovi volontari intenzionati ad impegnarsi nel mondo delle persone private della libertà personale.

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning has published Lisa Krolak’s book Books beyond bars: the transformative potential of prison libraries, which discusses prison libraries around the world and considers to what extent they support the rehabilitation of prisoners. It will be most useful for those working in prisons or prison libraries.

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. 

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. 

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.

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