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Title: Educational Tool to Integrate Inmates [ETI 7]
Project type: LLP / Grundtvig - multilateral
Ref. no.: 134346-LLP-1-2007-1-BG-Gruntvig-GMP

National Agency for VET - BG

Duration: 2 years
Actual stage: in progress

Total value of the Contract: 449.364 Euros

Total value for the Group for European Integration: 32.326 Euros


The condition of inmates or ex-inmates is one of the most difficult in terms of integration: in such a context, education is a powerful instrument for inmates and ex-inmates; it is even more important and significant if it is developed as an alternative educational pathway, able to combine the learning methods together with the in-service experience, in order to profit of the formal as well as non-formal and informal educational process to encourage the reintegration of prisoners and ex-inmates into the labour market.

In particular, according to the Restorative Justice approach (Basic Principles on the use of restorative justice, ONU 2000; Recommendation (99)19 European Council), the development of an educational and working experience into the care services sectors might allow to the beneficiaries to make a valuable practice, extremely motivating, useful for their social re-insertion and for the acquisition of a new connotation, a ‘caring’ individual instead of “excluded” one.

Project main objective is to develop an alternative educational pathway for inmates and ex-inmates, providing a combination of tools:

- an educational programme, with learning methods and pedagogical materials, able to provide them with the linguistic, cultural, social, civic and professional knowledge, competences and skills;

- a in-service experience, a sort of working practice in the care and social sector, through the tutoring service of local associations and organizations involved in the provision of social services to people in need of care (elderly, disabled, etc.).

Thus, the project will design, identify, test, evaluate and disseminate an Educational Toolkit, aimed at developing both the educational process and the working experience in the care and social services sector.

Beneficiaries of the project are ex-inmates (recently out of prison and in need of support) and inmates (who may access to alternative measures to imprisonment, which give an opportunity to those convicted of an offence to serve some or all of a sentence of imprisonment outside prison).

Expected results and impacts of the project are forecast in:

  • the reinforcement of networking, with associations and NGOs involved in the social sector (so called Third Sector), and organizations in the field of education and prison environment;
  • the application of the principles of the Restorative Justice, as a possible model for the resolution of the consequences of a crime;
  • the development of an innovative prevention strategy to reduce the levels of re-offending, by the identification of a new direction for the civic and social coexistence of disadvantaged, by the mutual relations that normally set up in the care services sector.

1. National Agency for VET - BG (coordinator)
2. Group for European Integration – RO
3. Foundation “Vocational education and training EPA 21 Century” – BG
4. Social Cooperative COOSS MARCHE ONLUS – IT
5. Noema-CMI – FI
6. ANJAF- National Youth Association for Family Action – PT
7. Bob Bissell Consultancy (BBC)  - UK
8. Swedish TelePedagogic Knowledge Center (STPKC) - SE

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