24.04.2017 - 28.04.2017

International Training Week on Prison Education

Time:24.04.2017 - 28.04.2017
Location:Mechelen, Belgium

The Vocvo's training week 'Education behind Belgian bars' for teachers, education coordinators and others with a special interest in prison education. This training will provide an idea of how prison education is organized in Flanders and Brussels. The participants will be introduced in practice and policy of the Flemish prison education system. 4 prisons in or nearby Mechelen will be visited. This will be the starting point for further discussion and exchange. Topics for discussion are, amongst others, language education, ICT and e-learning and vocational education in prison. The main goal is that the participants learn from each other and explore possibilities for their own work. The participants will be asked to also present their own organisation and their practice in prison education. This way we will open up the training course for mutual learning opportunities beyond our own borders.

Training goals

  • Introduction in adult education and the education system in Flemish and Brussels prisons
  • Learning about prison education in the countries of the participating organisations
  • Exchanging experiences regarding prison education
  • Learning how local language education is provided in the prison of Mechelen
  • Learning about ICT facilities, distance and e-learning in the prisons of Antwerp and Beveren
  • Learning about the European project Foriner on prison education for foreign national prisoners that Vocvo is coordinating
  • Learning about prisoners employment and vocational education in the prison of Leuven
  • Reflection on the programme and thinking about what you have learned and what you can take home for your own practice.


Find the programme here.

Practical information


Fill in the registration form in this link. Please keep in mind that the number of participants is limited to 15. We encourage you to register as soon as possible. After registration, you will receive a confirmation mail. If there are more than 15 participants, Vocvo has the right to select participants based on the participant’s function and experience in prison education and diversity in the group. We give priority to the enrollment of teachers and educational coordinators and will use a waiting list if necessary.

Your registration is final when your payment has been made. Payment instructions will be provided in the confirmation mail.

Registration fee

The price per person is € 435:
• € 350 for the training (all training sessions including prison visits)
• € 85 for transport to and from the prisons

Please note that the following is not included in the price:
• breakfast
• lunch on Tuesday and Thursday
• dinner
• accommodation


The training week will take place at the offices of Vocvo, which are located at the city center of Mechelen. Our address:

Vocvo vzw
Frederik de Merodestraat 27
2800 Mechelen