Active for Education in Prison 2.0

Brief overview of the project
The aim of the project is to expand professional exchange and international cooperation between DVV International country offices, German prison education authorities and local partners in Armenia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. 
The project contributes to the development of the International Network for Prison Education in the countries of Eastern Partnership Region and Central Asia (PEN Network) in Armenia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine and promotes the human rights to education in prisons. As a result, PEN-Network promotes the right to education for (ex-)prisoners in Armenia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. 
The project activities aim to increase the number of NGOs working in prison, strengthen their capacity to work with prisoners and ex-prisoners and organize innovative educational programmes for them. Another objective is to strengthen the interaction of civil society actors with the media and journalists in order to mainstream the rights of prisoners in the media and society.
Direct target groups of the project: 

  •  Members of the civil society organizations from Armenia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine (members of the PEN-Network);
  •  Civil society activists (who will increase their knowledge of educational activities with (ex-) prisoners and implement their mini-projects); 
  • Representatives of the media (who gain an understanding of the human rights situation in prisons and penitentiary institutions); 
  • Prisoners and ex-prisoners (who will participate in educational and awareness-raising activities);
  • Decision makers (politicians, members of parliament, ombudsmen, representatives of public institutions and the penitentiary system).

Indirect target groups: citizens of the participating countries (who will be informed about the topic of the project); (ex)prisoners in the target countries whose rights are discussed and promoted in the public debate.
Country of the project implementation: Armenia, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine.
Period: September 2019 - December 2020
Main activities:

  • Analysis of the situation in participating countries (4 baseline studies and development of reference publications) (September-October 2019)
  •  Round tables "Right to education for prisoners" (October 2019)
  • Workshops for civil society organizations "Development and implementation of projects to increase access to education for prisoners and ex-prisoners" (October-November 2019)
  • Study visit to Germany "Education in prison" for mini-project teams (December 2019)
  • Competition and implementation of educational mini-projects for (ex-)prisoners (2020)
  • Competition for best journalistic articles on "Access to education for prisoners and ex-prisoners" (2020)
  •  National presentations on the results of the competition for journalists (October 2020)
  • Maintenance of the PEN-Network website and Facebook page
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