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The 19th EPEA Training Conference in Dublin from 12 – 16 June 2019.
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The conference website is online and open to your entries and registrations. VISIT THE CONFERENCE HOMEPAGE

17th EPEA Conference Update: Interview with Catherine Bryne
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Organiser Catherine Bryne from the Irish Prison Education Association and webmaster from EPEA talk about the upcoming conference in Dublin, Ireland, June 12-16, 2019  

Council of Europe, Chat about the April 2019 session
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EPEA took part in the Council of Europe conference for the INGO April 2019 session. This time we decided to report on the session with a video chat on YouTube. In the chat charperson Annet Bakker and CoE Representative Per … Read More

Vacant positions
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Treasurer & Representative for the Eastern Region   Would you like an active role in the Steering Committee of the EPEA? The EPEA Steering Committee is presently looking for EPEA members who can replace: the current Treasurer, Nyggi Aggernaes, who … Read More

Education behind bars
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From the Central Region – March 2019 Erasmus+ KA1 mobility project ‘Education behind bars’ From December 2017 through January 2019 Socially Excluded Educational Association ‘Busola’ was running an EU project thanks to which a few of its members could take … Read More

Art as means to develop low skilled inmates
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From the Central Region – March 2019 Prison education seems to be a very neglected field. Many inmates do not have any opportunity to develop themselves due to various barriers – be it system barriers, local ones within penitentiary units, … Read More

EPEA welcomes two new branches: APEnP in Portugal and SWIPEA in Switzerland
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March 2019 – Over the last few months both Portugal and Switzerland have worked hard on the formation of national EPEA branches. Last week the EPEA received the constitutions of both branches and in her online meeting the Steering Committee … Read More

A message from the Steering Committeecoe_brand

Welcome to the new website of the European Prison Education Association. 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 EPEA is recognised by the Council of Europe as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO). It is commited to working with prison administrations in Europe to further its aims, but is totally free-standing and independent.

The EPEA has established itself as the European voice for prison education drawing its membership from over 40 countries. Acknowledgment of its strength and importance lies in its recognition as an official Non-Government Organisation (NGO) with participatory status at the Council of Europe (COE), and it has been honoured further by its recent election to the Liaison Committee of NGOs with full voting rights.

Main activities

  • Advocacy
  • Policy Formation
  • Professional Development of Prison Teachers
  • Networking
  • Research