Annet Bakker (Netherlands)

Chair EPEA
c/o JC Zaanstad
Education Dep.
PO box 3068
The Netherlands


Since July 2015 Annet Bakker is the first elected Chair of the EPEA, a function she will uphold until July 2019.

Annet has been a prison teacher for almost 25 years. She always worked in Amsterdam prisons with male, adult prisoners. From 2009  until 2013 she became the National Representative of Dutch Prison Teachers. In this period she was involved in Prison Education policy development, several national projects (amongst others a dyslexia project for adult prisoners and awareness developing of prison staff) and  she initiated more interaction between Dutch prison teachers.

In that same year, together with National Representatives of Sports, Libraries and Arts Teachers in Prison,  she also started a Dutch branch of the EPEA, of which she became the chair. In this way Prison Education in Holland became both nationally and internationally more focussed on experience outside one’s own prison.