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Welcome to the EPEA Conference 2023, in Tønsberg, Norway
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FOKO, the Norwegian branch of EPEA, The County Governor of Vestland and the EPEA are very happy to invite you to this year’s EPEA conference at the Hotel Klubben, Tønsberg, Norway ( The hotel will facilitate plenary sessions, workshops, lunch, … Read More

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The Portuguese Prison Education Association (APEnP) is pleased to announce the publication of its latest newsletter. This newsletter brings together contributions from the European Prison Education Association (EPEA) on its upcoming event (June 2023 in Norway); from Brazil on the … Read More

Skills 4 Life After Prison: Sowing the Seeds of Social Inclusion for Young Offenders
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Skills4Life is an Erasmus+ partnership project aiming to develop a curriculum to help young offenders prepare for release. The project was initiated by Ourania  Xylouri from Athens Lifelong Learning Institute (ALLI) and includes partners from four countries in addition to … Read More

The Teacher’s Voice – Essentials, with Annet Bakker | EN
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Annet Bakker was EPEA’s chair for six year until 2021. But she is also a prison teacher in theNetherlands in the prison of Zaanstad. She teaches there fulltime (36 hrs) all subjects, sincejanuary 2019. She has a second-degree teaching qualification … Read More

Call for candidates for elections
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As a consequence of the elected chair, secretary and treasurer having resigned last year, the EPEA needs to choose a new chair, secretary and treasurer in 2023. Therefore the steering committee calls for candidates for these roles. All members of … Read More

General Council Meeting
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EPEA General Council Friday 16th June 2023  It’s a pleasure to invite all EPEA members to the next EPEA General Council meeting to be held at Hotel Klubben in Tønsberg, Norway, during the 18th official EPEA conference. on Friday 16th … 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.