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EBSN in EPALE's Prison Education Week

Offenders in prisons are a small but significant part of the target group of basic skills policies. Europe’s prison population is around 640,000 and it’s estimated that only 3-5{45dd1fd917f9c5256ddd62f2bb60264c9fd035a788f5039a41e25e9de2257d18} are at a level of skills that would allow them to progress into further lifelong learning. Low education levels affect prisoners’ employment prospects and their reinsertion in society. Basic skills training is definitely a must - but that training needs to be relevant, motivating, and efficient and it is not always so.

During EPALE’s Prison Education Week, which will start on Monday January 25th, the EBSN is organizing an online discussion on these issues. The discussion will start on Tuesday 26th and go on for three days. It will be led by Dr Joseph Giordmania, from the University of Malta, and will mainly be based on a report from Vox, Norway, entitled “Learning Basic Skills while Serving Time”.

You will be able to join the discussion at any time during the three days, log in and off as it suits your obligations, and read and comment the contributions from other participants. You can be a passive participant and just read the entries, but we hope you will log into Epale (register beforehand if you haven’t done so yet!) and be an active participant.

We are very much looking forward to meeting you online to discuss these important issues!

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EBSN Academy:

Capacity Building for Policy Development in the field of Basic Skills for Adults 

The EBSN Academy is announcing a course on “Capacity Building for Policy Development in the field of Basic Skills for Adults" which combines four elements:

1)  Active participation in one or more of the open SIG discussions that will be run within EPALE during 2016. Active participation implies a minimum of ten postings published in the on-line discussions between June 1st and November 30th 2016.

2) Participation in the annual EBSN conference which will take place in Ljubljana on June 1st to 3rd, 2016.

3) Active participation in the webinar which will be organized in September 2016.

4) Presentation of a short report about the individual outcomes from the course. Deadline: December 15th, 2016.

Participants having completed all four course elements will receive an EBSN diploma.

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Preliminary programme of the EBSN Annual Conference 2016 - 'National Policy – Local Implementation'

The preliminary programme of the Annual Conference of the European Basic Skills Network is now available. Please visit our website to see the programme or click here.

The next Annual Conference and General Assembly will be organised between the 1st and the 3rd of June, 2016 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Looking forward to meeting you on the Conference!


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