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Pathways to Inclusion

"Pathways to Inclusion - Strengthening European Cooperation in Prison Education and Training"

The conference "Pathways to Inclusion" was held by the European Commission in Budapest in 2010, co-hosted by the Hungarian prison service.  It is seen as one of the flagship initiatives by the European Commission at promoting best practice in Prison Education.

Key messages from the conference were that:

1) The prison population is increasing, with greater cultural and linguistic diversity presenting challenges - as well as opportunities - to training and education within the prison

2) Prisoners have the same right to education as other citizens.  Education plays a crucial role in rehabilitation, and needs to be delivered holistially, with a focus on cross-agency collaboration

3) Education in prison needs to keep up with developments in ICT based learning

4) Education doesn't include only formal education, but also non-formal and informal learning.  Validation of non-formal and informal learning should be a priority.

5) Greater emphasis is needed on training prison staff - those that are involved in providing education in prisons.  Well-trained prison officers are needed to help create - and promote - positive learning environments for offender learning.

6) Prison officials, as well as the general public, need to be made more aware of the benefits of prison education, and ist contribution to a safer, more inclusive society.

The activities of the proejct LBB fall very much within the framework of these recommendations, and we are confident that the project LBB will contribute to the realisation of these principles on a European level.

The full report (in English) can be downloaded here: http://ec.europa.eu/education/grundtvig/doc/conf11/report_en.pdf