Convicts Upskilling Pathways Project: a Transnational meeting in Cyprus to deepen virtuous experiences on the field

The European partners of the CUP project met in Nicosia, Cyprus on the 5th and 6th October to finalize the innovative training courses that will be tested in six European prisons involved.    The Transnational meeting provided an opportunity to offer and define solid foundations for the CUP project whose education activities will take place inside Prisons in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and the Netherlands. The project expects to develop training modules for inmates to better align education to the needs and opportunities offered by the labour market. Carpentry, silversmith, sewing/women fashion, welding and many others are the courses offered based
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‘Sharing lessons on education in prison and employability for detainees’ – An international online workshop for the CUP partnership

CUP partners and associates from Italy, Greece, Cyprus, The Netherlands and Portugal, and experts from Africa and Latin America came together from 29 June to 1 July 2021 for an online workshop and training event aimed at “Sharing Lessons”. The training was organised with the support of the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO) and it was hosted on the ITC-ILO’s digital platform, ‘eCampus’. This blog is an account of key outcomes and reflections in the words of those who worked together behind the scenes to organise the event.   A strong and effective partnership “The event
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The CUP Diaries: capturing powerful voices and stories

This new blog series aims to document the process for developing the intellectual outputs of the project: the Make the Case Advocacy Toolkit, the Skills Development Blueprint and the Impact Evaluation Kit. CUP partners join in the conversation, telling the stories and sharing reflections about their creative process and what they have learned by participating in the project so far. In this first blog, Eleni Takou and Katerina Pournara from HumanRights360, tell the story of the making of the CUP video: a collection of powerful voices and compelling stories from Greece, Cyprus, The Netherlands and Italy.   What was the
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Categories: Greece.

Prison education. Family life and Civilization – a reintegration pathway

On Friday 12 February 2021, the conference “Prison education. Family life and Civilization- a reintegration pathway” was successfully conducted online with a significant participation. The conference was organised by Epanodos and HumanRights360 within the framework of the Convicts Upskilling Pathways project, funded by Erasmus+. During the conference, the Deputy Minister of Citizens’ Protection, Mr. Eleftherios Oikonomou, sent his greetings highlighting that: “after two years, we now have a serious effort on the holistic modernization of the country’s penitentiary system and one of the pillars of our strategic programme is the complete, post-penitetriary policy and care” Epanodos President of Board, Professor
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Categories: Greece.

Prison education. Family life and Civilization – a reintegration pathway 

The conference “Prison education. Family life and Civilization- a reintegration pathway” will be organised on Friday, 12 February 2021 within the framework of the Convicts Upskilling Pathways project – funded by Erasmus+ – by HumanRights360 and Epanodos, the Greek members of the partnership. Interpretation will be provided in Italian, English and Greek The event will be held on Zoom and livestreamed via Facebook. Click HERE to register.  10:00 – 10:30 GMT +2 Welcome remarks:  Greek Ministry of Citizen Protection, Prof. Chr. Zarafonitou, Epanodos President of Board, Fotini Milioni, Epanodos Director, representative of the CUP project 10.30 – 12.00 GMT +2 Session 1: Prison education and
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Categories: Greece.

Community Building Circles: How a restorative approach empowered detainees to cope with the pandemic

Prisons are too often places of conflict, violence, and fear. Isolated in overcrowded and understaffed facilities, prison inmates often become embroiled in violent disputes (Kaufer et al., 2014). The limited attention given to prison violence is testimony to the societal norms regarding acceptable conditions and behavior inside prisons (Wolff et al., 2007). One of the reasons for the violence is the lack of conflict resolution skills in a constructive and non-constructive way. Particularly in prison, many do not have or do not use these vital skills, believing that violence and coercion are our only choices in managing our problems. As
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Categories: Greece.

L.E.I: Good practices for strengthening the capacity of women detainees

L.E.I. (Lavoro.Emancipazione.Inclusione), which stands for work, empowerment and inclusion, is a project promoted and supported by the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation in collaboration with the Lorusso and Cutugno Prison in Turin, Ufficio Pio, the Essereumani Association, the social cooperatives Extraliberi, Impatto Zero and Patchanka, the Casa di Carità Arti e Mestieri Foundation, the Savings Museum and PerMicro of Turin as well as the Emanuela Zancan Foundation. It is aimed at improving the living conditions of women detainees by offering them opportunities for social and work reintegration both inside and outside prison. It developed from a challenge: how to bring
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Categories: Italy.

What competencies will enhance the employability of detainees? A survey by Tirantes in The Netherlands set to find out

What do companies look for in prospective employees nowadays? And, what if these employees have recently got out of prison and are looking for a fresh start? These are some of the questions that Theo Van de Veerdonk, the director of the Dutch social enterprise Tirantes, aimed to get answers for with a survey to Dutch employers.   What are the top skills sought by Dutch employers today? Tirantes is the Dutch partner of the Convicts Upskilling Pathways (CUP) project, which aims to improve the chances for (ex) prisoners to enter the labour market after detention. Tirantes focused on so
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Upskilling detainees in European prisons: what have we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and what does the future look like?

CUP organised a live online event to mark the International day for education in prison on 13th October 2020. Experts from CUP member countries shared stories of the impact of COVID-19 on their work inside and outside prisons and reflected on the future of prison upskilling programmes in a post-COVID world. Click HERE to view a recording of the event.   The COVID-19 pandemic hit penitentiary institutions around the world with unexpected force. The virus put a halt to everyday activities in prisons and resulted in unprecedented containment measures. As security was bolstered, penitentiary administrations had to find innovative ways of
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Working with detainees in a balanced, person-centred way to fight COVID-19 in Cyprus’ central prison

Athena Dimitriou, Deputy Director of Cyprus Prisons, describes to CUP’s Eleni Takou how the pandemic affected everyday life in Cyprus’ central prison.   Firstly, I was wondering whether you could tell us a few things about your daily work routine prior to the pandemic and how it has now changed amid the pandemic. “Not many things changed in my daily life, in fact during the period of the coronavirus we worked harder and at a more intense pace. Even though there was a curfew, we would stay up late at night so that the necessary protective measures would be issued
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Categories: Cyprus.