The European partners of the CUP project met in Athens on March 15th and 16th to learn from the training experiences developed in Thiva Prison.

Another opportunity for meetings and exchanges between the partners of the Cup Project, this time at the Thiva Women’s Prison, about 70 km from Athens. Due to the Pandemic situation it was impossible to carry out the visit to one of the three Greek prisons involved however the great motivation of the partners and the extraordinary reception organization by Human Rights 360 and Epanodos made possible the realization of this important exchange. The Female Prison of Thiva is the only all-women prison in the country, with over 400 women. Small children under 3 are also housed with their mothers. The
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Training modules in prison for employability…and much more!

The testing phase of the Cup project has begun as a confirmation of a very productive year for the European CUP Project. Despite the great difficulties of the moment, the European prisons involved in Italy, Cyprus, The Netherland and Greece have continued their mission of promoting accessible and inclusive education to concretely support employability of detainees.  The educational design perspective of the penitentiary system can only take shape through a pedagogical path that allows a real expansion of the field of experience, working towards the construction of conditions that can allow the person to rethink one’s role in the world.
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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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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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