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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!

Transformative Nature of Education in Prison
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Job-shadow United Kingdom, Prisoners Education Trust As adults, we often see education as belonging to our past, something that we have completed. However, in prisons it is an important part of the rehabilitation program. However, the way education is organized … Read More

Family Links – An Initiative Project Offering Supports To Parents In Prison & Their Families
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Background: In 2013, following extensive consultation on models of best practice by the Irish Prison Service (IPS), a partnership was formed between CDI, the IPS and the Parents Plus Charity to design and deliver an initiative project offering supports to parents in … Read More

Japanese Braiding in an Irish Prison
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January and February of 2017 saw visiting artist Mary Timmons begin an art project in Cork Prison, Ireland. Mary worked alongside the craft teacher, Lorraine Higgins, to introduce the new skills of reverse applique and Japanese Braiding to the students. … Read More

Cell Block Science
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Cell Block Science is an innovative project bringing informal science learning into Scottish prisons through researcher visits. This project has been running for a year in partnership with SPS, who intend to continue and expand. These classes are interactive, led … Read More

March Newsletter
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To view the March 2017 Newsletter click here

“School on the Cloud: dealing with a paradigm shift in education”
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COMED – Numérique et éducation – Conseil de l’Europe – present: Webinar – May 4, 2017, 19.00-20.00 (Central European Time) Hosted by the EPEA for the CoE INGOs “School on the Cloud: dealing with a paradigm shift in education” Presenter: … Read More

The Prison Compendium
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Welcome to the Yard. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the inside, as an inmate, or a guard. Nor does it matter if you are on the outside, as a friend, or family member visiting a loved one who’s incarcerated. … Read More

International art competition “Between here and there”
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Between HERE and THERE” is the theme of the fourth international art competition that the non-profit organization Art and Prison e.V. is announcing for imprisoned individuals. Artworks from women, men and adolescents in correctional institutions will be awarded prizes. A … 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