International network of penitentiary education in the countries of Eastern Partnership and Central Asia has been created


Gomel Recommendations on Developing Education in Penitentiary Institutions of the Republic of Belarus developed within project “Education Opens Doors” are becoming reality - on July 18, 2017 the International Network of Penitentiary Education in the Eastern Partnership and Central Asia (Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine).

The network is a voluntary association of organizations and individuals consolidating the efforts of all stakeholders in advancing the right to education in penitentiary and post-penitentiary spheres, in promoting education as an effective means of reintegrating (ex-)prisoners into society.

The international network is a platform for sharing experiences and information on the development of adult and youth education in penitentiary institutions and after release in the countries of Central Asia and Eastern Partnership.

The founders of the network are 13 organizations: 12 local non-governmental and state organizations and one international agency – the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association (DVV International) represented by branch offices in 7 countries (Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine).

The Steering Committee of the network includes the representatives from all 7 countries, as well as that of DVV International (in this year it is represented by the country office in Belarus).

Ms. Nina Kekukh, the head of the Gomel regional public association "Community Development Projects" was elected Chairperson of the Steering Committee.

More information about the network can be found here.

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