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Robert Suvaal: an appreciation
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By Sonia Kurten-Vartio (Finland) and Kevin Warner (Ireland) Robert Suvaal, or ‘Rob’ as he often called himself, was a major international figure in the development of education in prisons. ‘Big’ is a word those who knew him readily use, and … Read More

Global Teacher Prize Portugal 2020 [EN/PT]
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PAULO JORGE CALMEIRO DOS REIS SERRA A Computer Science teacher at Agrupamento de Escolas Nuno Álvares, in Castelo Branco, where he teaches the Secondary Education IT Technicians Course at the Prison Establishment of Castelo Branco since 2012/2013. This year (2020), … Read More

New Steering Committee members
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The SC welcomes James and Ana and wishes both good luck in their positions. New Regional Representative Ana Ferrando – CLICK HERE New Secretary James King – CLICK HERE

CPT-visit to Portugal
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In a report on Portugal published November 2020, the Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee (CPT) once again urges the Portuguese authorities to take determined action to prevent police ill-treatment and ensure that cases of alleged ill-treatment are investigated effectively. It … Read More

The Criminal Justice Alliance
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The Criminal Justice Alliance (http://www.criminaljusticealliance.org.uk @cjalliance)  sits on the Transition to Adulthood Alliance advice group. They are looking to gather up to date international examples of similar work. To support the UK Government’s work with young adults in the criminal … Read More

Justice in the Digital Age
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From Cameron Holloway, Socrates Software: With Russell Webster we will be hosting the first event in a new conference series, Justice in the Digital Age bringing together experts from three continents to discuss the future of digital innovations in the global … Read More

“Q” on Ghent Shortfilm Festival
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The short film ’O’ was filmed in the Gevangenis van Beveren was selected for the Ghent Film Festival. Petronella Van Der Hallen wrote a unique fictional scenario based on conversations with detainees and staff. With this final work, in which Stijn … 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.