The EPALE online discussion on Basic Skills provision in Prisons will take place on the 17th December (Thursday) starting at 14.00 CET and finishing at 16.00 CET.
The discussion will be introduced by a 20-minutes long live stream with international experts James King (Scottish Prison Service and EPEA) and Maria Toia (CPIP and EBSN), moderated by Tamás Harangozó. The live broadcast will be accompanied and followed by a written online discussion.
You can access the video of the streaming at the top of this page, starting from the 17th December at 14.00 CET, and participate in the discussion writing your comments and inputs in the comment section at the bottom of this page.
What we will discuss about
Basic skills provision is at the heart of helping societies better respond to challenges in our fast-changing world and thus it is at the centre of EU policy too. There is a growing attention on basic skills trainings in specific environments e.g. the workplace or in the family, but also in prisons. On the 13th of October 1989, the Council of Europe adopted a set of recommendations that address the importance of educational activities in European prisons acknowledging that inmates have had very little successful educational experience, and therefore now have many educational needs; and that educational initiatives in prisons can be an important way of facilitating the return of the prisoner to the community.
The discussion will include the following topics:
- How can educational initiatives best address the basic skills needs of people in prisons?
- What are the major benefits and challenges of basic skills training in prisons?
- What are the most important challenges in the professionalisation of prison educators and basic skills teachers working in correctional institutions?
Our guest speakers
James King – Head of Learning & Skills from the Scottish Prison Service and new Secretary of EPEA (European Prison Education Association). James will provide an overview of EPEA’s role and its cooperation with EuroPris.
Maria Toia – Senior Researcher at CPIP – Center for Promoting Lifelong Learning and EBSN’s expert in adult education and pedagogy. Maria will introduce the currently running Erasmus+ KA3 policy project called EDUPRIS that focuses on developing educational tools implemented in correctional institutions.
Take part in the discussion facilitated by thematic experts from EBSN and share your thoughts and experiences on the topic!
Comments are already open so that participants can introduce themselves and start sharing their views.