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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