EESPIP – European Educational Support for Prison Officers Intercating in prisons Learning Context with Women and Minorities

The EESPIP project is an international project developed under the Erasmus+ Program.

The project is addressed to four target groups:
1. prison staff – educators, psychologists and organizations cooperating with penal institutions;
2. convicts staying in penitentiary units, with particular emphasis on women and broadly understood national minorities;
3. educational employees of the Center for Lifelong Learning;
4. management staff.

The project assumes the development of appropriate research and training materials.
In the first stage, a detailed analysis will be prepared showing what educational needs exist in individual partner countries.
The second stage of the project will be the elaboration of detailed training materials for relevant professional groups, including the process of motivating convicts to deepen education in the conditions of penitentiary isolation. These materials will be developed by appropriate professionals with the active participation of prison employees.

The result of the project will be the development of 4 textbooks addressed to relevant professional groups: educators, psychologists and educational employees in prisons. These materials will be available in both electronic and printed versions and will help employees involved in education in prisons in their daily work. The added value of these training materials will be that they incorporate innovative solutions used in partner countries (including France, Portugal and Spain).

Another advantage of the project will be the possibility of direct exchange of experience as part of project activities. The project provides for two training sessions for two penitentiary employees from each partner country. The trainings will take place in January 2019 in Timisoara, Romania and in May 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. During training sessions, delegated employees will have the opportunity to exchange experiences with their colleagues from partner countries (Romania, France, Spain and Portugal) and see how the prisons in Romania and Portugal function.

Another effect of the project will be to organize training for penitentiary employees involved in the education process of convicts in penal institutions. It will take place in Kraków in 2021 and will be an opportunity for a direct, wide exchange of experiences between employees of various penitentiaries, including those that are not direct beneficiaries of the project.