Innovative learning models for prisoners

From Firenze University Press Book

University of Florence
2 min readMay 31, 2020


Edited by:

Francesca Torlone, University of Florence

Marios Vryonides, European University Cyprus

More than a century ago Victor Hugo was famously quoted saying: «He who opens a school door, closes a prison». If this idea was true in the social conditions of the late 19th century it is very much alive and relevant in the wake of the 21st century.

This idea is behind the research presented in this book, the product of a collaborative work between four educational institutions in four European countries and four penitentiary institutions in the same countries.

All aspiring to the same notion: that education can act as a preventing mechanism against deviant behaviour. Indeed, education has the potential to strengthen individuals who have committed crimes in such a way so as to act as a shield against re-offending.

Prison education should be a top priority issue in most societies. Prison conditions must not infringe human rights and dignity and must offer meaningful treatment programmes in order to support inmates in their rehabilitation and reintegration in society.

The use of ICTs within a penitentiary context plays a crucial role in that. The present Volume looks at the learning potential in prisons and reports on innovative (e-)learning pathways for basic skills education as designed and tested in Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Romania.

Research investigated on what counts as ‘educational’ in such a complex context and how to combine relevant pieces in a ‘learning mosaic’ (the broad range of any learning opportunity across it).

This Volume argues that such an approach may be adopted in a wider European perspective within the frame of dynamic security.

DOI: 10.36253/978–88–6655–924–5

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