European Prison Education Association (EPEA)

Associate Member

Annet Bakker

De Liesbosch 100

3439 LC Nieuwegein, The Netherlands

Tel.: (0031) 880 733 532

About EPEA

...working to promote sound principles and good practice for prison education in Europe... and beyond

The European Prison Education Association is an organisation made up of prison educators, administrators, governors, researchers and other professionals whose interests lie in promoting and developing education and related activities in prisons throughout Europe in accordance with the recommendations of the Council of Europe. EPEA is recognised by the Council of Europe as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO). It is commited to working with prison administrations in Europe to further its aims, but is totally free-standing and independent.

Apart from serving the aims of the organisation by encouraging the formation of national branches, etc. the EPEA organises a major international conference on prison education every two years.

Mission statement

EPEA has established itself as the European voice for prison education drawing its membership from over 40 countries. Acknowledgment of its strength and importance lies in its recognition as an official Non-Government Organisation (NGO) with participatory status at the Council of Europe (COE), and it has been honoured further by its recent election to the Liaison Committee of NGOs with full voting rights.

Main activities

  • Advocacy
  • Policy Formation
  • Professional Development of Prison Teachers
  • Networking
  • Research


Find more information about the history of EPEA on their website.

International projects

See the website for projects.


  • Biannual Magazine
  • Newsletter
  • Conference Reports
  • Articles, papers from members