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Membership Survey
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We want to hear from you! Please let us know what you would like to see. Click here to fill out our 5 minute member survey!

CoE January session 2017
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Meeting in January 2017 in Strasbourg, the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe brought together some 300 INGO delegates, experts, parliamentarians and permanent representatives of Council of Europe member states who discussed several major issues of concern today: … Read More

EUROPRIS: New expert group in Prison Education Management
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EUROPRIS have stated a new expert group on prison education management. 10 member prison services are invited together with the EPEA to look into the field. The group will meet first time in June 2017 and have two annual meeting … Read More

Citizenship, participation and learner voice in prison
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Are you doing any work in these areas in your prison? If so, are you interested in joining a KA2 funding application for Erasmus + to research this further and produce an international toolkit of good practice? Please contact Western … Read More

UNESCO – International Review of Education (IRE)
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In 2013, a decision was made to shift the focus of the International Review of Education (IRE) – the oldest journal of comparative education in the world – towards closer alignment with the work of its parent institution, the UNESCO … Read More

Irish Red Cross Prison Programme
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Good prison health involves empowering prisoners “It’s given me hope for the future – something I’ve never had. I can be a good father, parent and member of the community and get a good job. I don’t see myself as … Read More

EAEA – call for the Grundtvig Award is officially open!
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The call for the Grundtvig Award applications is now officially open! The EAEA are looking forward to discovering your excellent and innovative projects on Engaging new learners. Do you think you have a successful initative to share? Go ahead and … Read More

Education behind Belgian bars – VOCVO
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Vocvo is hosting the international training week ‘Education behind Belgian bars’ for teachers, education coordinators and other interested stakeholders in prison education from​ April 24th –​ April 28th in Mechelen,​ Belgium. This training will provide an idea of how prison … Read More

coe_brandA message from the Steering Committee

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