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International Day of Education in Prison – October 13th 2023
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Call for feedback On 13 October 1989, the Council of Europe adopted the 17 Recommendations on Education in the Prison Sector. These guidelines were further expanded in 2006 with Recommendation R(2006)2 on standards in the penitentiary system. This is why … Read More

UK – Prison Strategy White Paper
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The report says about education

Elections of the EPEA Steering Committee Officers – Term 2023-2026
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The EPEA is pleased to announce the results of the elections of the Steering Committee Officers. The voting link was sent to 468 members (who have paid their membership fee until May 31st, 2023), with an opening date of 16th … Read More

Conference 23: Opening – Welcome of the 18th EPEA Conference
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Tønsberg, Tuesday, June 13th, 2023 Hjertelig Velkommen!Herzlich Willkommen!Un benvenuto cordiale a tutti!Bienvenue à toutes et à tous!¡Una cálida bienvenida a todas y todos!A very warm welcome to all of you.  We are around 120 participants from 22 countries! First and … Read More

Plenary talk to EPEA Conference by Kevin Warner
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Plenary talk to EPEA Conference, Tønsberg, Norway, 16 June 2023: Dr Kevin WarnerThe Emergence of the EPEA: a supportive organisation and its foundation values. On my own behalf and on behalf of my fellow authors (Torfinn Langelid from Norway, Kaj … 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.