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A greeting from FOKO
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FOKO, the Norwegian prison education association, just helt a steering committee meeting to organize their annual conference. This year it is held on October 30 to November 1 and Norwegian prison teachers can apply from August 28. More about the … Read More

Remote education in Dutch for Dutch detainees
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The Education behind Foreign Bars Foundation (Educatie achter buitenlandse tralies) (Eabt) is a volunteer organisation that was founded in 2004. Since that year, the Foundation has successfully organised remote education in Dutch for Dutch detainees in prisons abroad and has … Read More

EPRIS Project is celebrating 10th anniversary!
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“EPRIS: e-learning in a prison context” is a pilot and innovative project in Portugal, approved on January 20th, 2014, through the establishment of a cooperation protocol between the Ministry of Justice, the Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Porto and the … Read More

RR Western – Ana Ferrando – reelected
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Ana Ferrando is reelected to the Steering Committe for a second and last term until January 2027 Ana was elected as Regional Representative of the Western region for the first time in 2020. For almost four years she was also … Read More

RR Central, Karin Ohrner
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Karin Ohrner (Austria) is new member of the Steering Committee with a mandate for the Cental Region running until February 2027.

Paths and Challenges – 1st International Congress – Montijo, 02-04 April 2024
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The Portuguese Prison Education Association. The Portuguese Prison Education Association (APEnP), the Portuguese branch of the EPEA, is pleased to announce its International Congress (see program), a training event for prison educators, which will be held on 02-04 April at … 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.