Belarus celebrated the International Day of Education in Prisons on October 13th by opening a centre for distance learning on the premises of Correctional Institution No. 4 in Gomel City. The centre will enable female prison inmates to get higher education through modern information technology. On October 13, 2015 the first group of 15 students was admitted to the university programme and will be studying subjects such as economics, accounting, management, psychology and other subjects.
The creation of the centre is unprecedented because Correctional Institution No. 4 is the country’s first establishment to provide higher education opportunities for prison inmates by means of distance learning. The distance learning form offers a unique chance for inmates and enables them to pursue education also after being released.
The creation of the distance learning centre is a part of the project “Education opens doors” (2015-2016), initiated by the national office of DVV International in Belarus together with the Gomel Region Public Association “Community Development Projects” and the Department of Penal Administration. The project “Education opens doors” is funded by the European Union and DVV International (from the funds of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ).
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DVV International has been committed to improving the educational opportunities of prisoners in various countries for over 15 years. More information on the work of DVV International in prisons worldwide can be found in the publication Youth and Adult Education in Prisons.