Report from the European Prison Education Association
Behan, Cormac, Journal of Correctional Education
EPEA International Conference 2009
In the last edition of the Journal, I informed readers that 12th European Prison Education Association International conference will take place in Cyprus from 29, October to 1, November, 2009. The opening date for applications will be 1, January 2009. The closing date for applications is 31, January 2009. It is important to apply before then, as EPEA cannot accept any late applications. CEA members should consider applying to attend the conference. All relevant information and further details are on the EPEA website, www.epea.org.
7th International Conference for Directors of Prison Education Malmo, Sweden
The Swedish Prison Service hosted the 7th International Conference for Directors of Prison Education from the 11 to 14, September 2008. During this event, participants had the opportunity to dialogue and engage with colleagues from across Europe and beyond. Many wide-ranging and topical issues were raised and debated during structured formal sessions; but also, as part of the more impromptu informal events.
The focus of the conference was two-fold: primarily to examine emerging trends in the field of prison education; but also, to attempt to resolve the contentious issue of Internet and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) access in prison education centres.
One of the highlights of the conference was a visit to Ystad Male and Female Prison where participants had the opportunity to appreciate the Swedish approach to prison education.
European Prison Education Association Representatives Visit Russia
EPEA representatives were invited by the Modern University of the Humanities (MUH) to examine how the university provides distance education in a number of prisons across Russia. The visit was concerned with more than just the sharing of experiences; at its heart lay the strengthening of friendly relations between both organizations.
The Chairperson, Dr. Anne Costelloe, the Deputy Chairperson, Dr. Anita Wilson and the Advisor for communication and EPEA Webmaster, Per Thrane, represented the EPEA.
EPEA representatives had the opportunity to meet key personnel in the MUH; as well as visit a prison and talk to students and teachers, and also to participate in an excellent cultural programme. The trip began with a seminar in Moscow and involved meetings with management of the Ministry of Education, the Federal Penal Enforcement Service, local journalists, and MUH management and educationalists. …