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Innovative Learning Models for Prisoners – Publication
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Innovative Learning Models for Prisoners (Florence University Press, 2016) “He who opens a school door, closes a prison” If this idea was true in the social conditions of the late 19th century it is very much alive and relevant in … Read More

World Forum for Democracy
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Norwegian Prime Minister Erna SOLBERG and French Minister of Edcation Najat VALLAUD-BELKACEM said at the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg: “Important for youth to see the connection of paying taxes and receiving services” and “We shall live of each … Read More

FOKO Conference 2016
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The Norwegian branch of EPEA, FOKO, will hold its annual conference in Sundsvold November 2-4, 2016 with the following interesting program Crime policy, from expert guided to media guided – by prof. at Police College Paul Larsson Inclusion, how to … Read More

EPEA kept status at CoE
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After a review of EPEA activities at the Council of Europe the participation status of the EPEA has been renewed. All INGOs are evaluated every 3 years

IDEP Romania
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Activities dedicated to the International Day of Prison Education will be performed in all the units of the prison system on Thursday, October 13th, 2016. The National Administration of Penitentiaries in Romania has supported E.P.E.A endeavours to celebrate the International … Read More

Convention On The Right To Education…
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Convention On The Right To Education And The First Experience Of Higher Education In Chile In A Context Of Imprisonment In Chile In Chile in 2016, two initiatives on the right to¬†education in prison are being put forth.¬†The first action … Read More

The European Vocational Skills Week
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This first European Vocational Skills Week will take place from 5 to 9 December 2016 with events in Brussels and parallel activities in Member States, EFTA and EU candidate countries at national, regional and local levels. What is it about? … Read More

EPEA Calls for applications IDEP Publicity-Award 2016
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As from 2016 EPEA will acknowledge an award to the person/ organisation/ institution that has done a remarkable effort to promote IDEP (the International day of Education in Prison) which is celebrated as you will know on the 13th October. … Read More

CECJS Conference & HMP Brixton
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While in London for the CECJS conference, Nina, our Western Region Representative, thought it would be a good idea to arrange a lunch meeting at the Clink restaurant for a few prison education contacts to meet and greet. Read NIna’s … 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