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[Conference 23] – FOKO scholarships 2023
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People connected to the EPEA have the opportunity to apply for a FOKO scholarship. It is meant to finance the EPEA conference fee 2023 and some of the travel costs. The scholarship is NOK 12.000, – per person (approx. € … Read More

APEnP Newsletter – December 2022
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The Portuguese Prison Education Association (APEnP) is pleased to send you its latest Newsletter (Dec’22). Including the celebrations of the International Day of Education in Prison (Oct. 13th) as its highlight, and gathering several contributions from countries like Spain, Brazil … Read More

BOOK: The Emergence of the European Prison Education Association, EPEA
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The history of the EPEA December 12, 2022 After a long gestation our book has seen the light of day and we are pleased to share a copy with you. Although conceived in 1989, the EPEA was really an organisation … Read More

Case Study – To prove there is another way – A case study on ICT & rehabilitation in Storstrøm prison
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Abstract This MSc thesis explores the application of the principles of Nordic Exceptionalism (normalization, openness, education, responsibility, security) in the Danish incarceration system. Specifically, ethnographic fieldwork and interviews with inmates, teachers, and guards were held in the closed Storstrøm prison … Read More

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Following the ‘1st International Cycle of Conferences: Prison Education – Paths and Challenges’, held during the month of April 2022, a joint organization of the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Vila Real, Portugal) and the Portuguese Prison Education Association … Read More

Communiqué – EPEA 3.0
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After the years marked by the pandemic, which made the work of the EPEA difficult, it is in a process of renewal, which is often difficult and not easy to endure. Members are now needed on the Steering Committee who … 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.