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18th Conference now being planned
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The EPEA Steering Committee is beginning to plan for the 18th International EPEA Conference to be held in late spring / early summer 2023, and is inviting organisations, agencies or institutions interested in hosting this conference to contact us. More … Read More

International Day of Education in Prison – BENELUX
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Woensdag 13 oktober – International Day of Education in PrisonWebinar “Digitalisering en educatie in detentie”= Worsteling rond kansen en bedreigingen = De maatschappij is druk doende zich aan te passen aan de 4e industriële revolutie: digitalisering. Door de corona-pandemie beweegt … Read More

Prisoners graduate from car repair course at Barra da Grota Penal Treatment Unit, Tocantins, Brazil
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The course was attended by 10 prisoners from the Penal Units of Araguaína, Guaraí, Palmas, Colmeia, Augustinópolis, Barrolândia and Paraíso do Tocantins. Information given by and contact Valéria Medeiros, assistant professor at Federal University of Tocantins, member of EPEATranslation from … Read More

Basic education in prison BiSt – for the first time in a Swiss remand prison [EN/GE]
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English Just six years ago, Pfäffikon remand prison in the canton of Zurich was reprimanded by the National Commission for the Prevention of Torture NKVF for having too many prisoners locked in their cells for 23 hours a day. The … Read More

Interview with Victor Vázquez Sánchez, teacher in prison, Granada, Spain
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Victor is a retired teacher who worked 40 years in prison. He has a fascinating personality and a lot of experience as a teacher in the two prisons of Granada, southern Spain. He has received several official recognitions for his … Read More

A message from EPEA

Welcome to the 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 and Research.