Report from the European Prison Education Association

By Behan, Cormac | Journal of Correctional Education, June 2007 | Go to article overview

Report from the European Prison Education Association


Behan, Cormac, Journal of Correctional Education


European Prison Education Association International Conference 2007

The 11th European Prison Education Association (EPEA) International Conference will take place In Dublin, Ireland from the 13th to 17th June. By the time you receive this edition of the journal the conference will be underway. We are looking forward to all our US and international visitors to Ireland. We will have at least twelve American members of the conference and we received applications from as far apart as Canada, Brazil, Honduras, Pakistan and Israel. Again, on behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to thank all those who applied to attend the conference and apologize sincerely to all those who we could not offer places. By March we had nearly four hundred applicants, but unfortunately, we were not In a position to facilitate any more than 150 delegates. The conference reports, including all workshop papers will be accessible after the conference on the EPEA webslte, www.epea.org.

Conference of Danish Prison Teachers

The Danish Prison Teacher Association (FLF), established 1952, gathered 50 of the 70 members to its annual conference. Chair of FLF Kirsten Gronnebk delivered the annual report and stressed that education without computers and Internet access makes prisoners second class citizens. Society has made prison education difficult by combining education with Internet access and modern computer technology and not permitting prison education to do the same. Anthropologist Sigrid Knap told about her research 'How Do Prisoners Socialize In Prison?' Knap lived for 4 months with prisoners under same conditions and concluded that: 'Prison is the most boring thing that ever happened to me.'

Nordic conference on Prison Education: Captivating Cultures

The 11th Nordic Conference In Selfoss, Iceland was attended by 120 prison teachers from Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark The Minister of Justice Bjom Bjamason opened the conference titled Captivating Cultures and urged support for cultural activities In prison.

Several speakers discussed developments In the use of Information and communication technology (ICT) in education. The role of the internet In education and prisoners access to It is a constant source of discussion and sometimes conflict. Internet technology has changed modern education and prisoners should not be excluded from this development. Hans-Inge Persson from CFL in Sweden outlined the cooperation between the Swedish Prison Service and CFL to make use of Internet based education technologies in prison education. …

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