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L.E.A.P.   Learning in prison

First Workshop

Firenze, 27-28 January 2011 



In the first workshop of Leap project, the representatives of partner countries discussed about education in prison.

From the Juvenile Prison in Volos (Greece) there were: Aggelos Michopoulos and Apostolia Kotzagiotou.

From Prison Department in Cyprus: Tassos Trattonicolas.

From Department of Justice in Autonomous Government of Catalonia: Xavier Buscà, Manuel Parra, Jaume Martin Barberan.

From The Manchester College : Merron Mitchell and Mairi-Anne Pimblett-Macleod.

From Berlin Literarische Aktion e. V.: Martin Jankowski and Gregor Cunningham.           

During the two days of the workshop, partecipated two teachers of the school in Sollicciano prison: Paola Mancini and Giuliana Orlando.

There were representatives of the different groups wich work to offer educational activities in prison: Fabrizio Rozzi teacher in Solliciano (27/01), Armando Michelotti teacher in Solliciano (28/01), Carla Cappelli from the volontary association in prison (28/01), Ignazio Becchi from Florence University (28/01).

In the both days there was, also, a representative of the held student.

To witness the activities of the coordination office of university in prison participated in the seminar: Teresa Donadio, Chiara Savinelli, Federica Porfido, Gioia Chiavoni, Valentina Signorello.   

All the members of Michelucci Foundation worked to organize and coordinate the workshop, in particular the president Alessandro Margara, the director Corrado Marcetti, the responsible of the prison segment Saverio Migliori; the responsible of European projects Livia Bruscaglioni, with the collaboration of  Massimo Colombo and Nicola Solimano

Attended in the seminar also the volunteers of civil service in Michelucci Foundation: Chiara Babetto, Jacopo Ammendola, Consuelo Bianchelli, Teresa Baldi.




27 January 2011


The first part of the day was dedicated to meet and welcome the partners.

Saverio Migliori, as project-manager, coordinated the activities and the presentation of the partners.

A representative of each country partner introduced himself and his organization with attention to describe the prison-system in his country and the role of education in prison.

The representative of Greece told about the Juvenile prison in Volos and the  foundation of the school in the prison. She described also the prison system in Greece and underlined at the partners as best practice the use of non- formal learning in the school environment.

The staff from Catalonia outlined the education of adults in the Catalan prison’s system and the importance  to guarantee the same opportunities of formation for everybody. They described the educational planning in the penitentiary centers, the role of social education, the activities to promote the health and personal development, the Syllabus at a distance, the sport program and the role of network of Jewish neighborhoods  “Xarxa de calls”.

The representative of Cipro told about the prison department and described its history of prison detention. He outlined the facilities, the services, the activities and the events.

He described the recreational activities (sports, athletics, music, chess, theatre) and the role of fully equipped workshops and the importance of correspondence courses.

From The Manchester College, the representatives described the role of the instituntion and the history of the Offender Learning Segment that is the largest provider of prison education in the country and the responsible for approximately two-thirds of all prison education in England. They described also their activities in teacher-training courses, including for those working in offender learning.

The representative of the Berliner Literarische Aktion e.V.  (BLA) illustrated their activity to involve German and international authors to  support the cultural exchange. They described the promoting of events like multilingual public readings, discussions, workshops, stage events and symposia. They outlined their commitment to democracy and human rights and the the "Literature Behind Bars” projects that are focussed on prisons in Germany and on literature.

The president of Michelucci Foundation, Alessandro Margara, spoke about the sense of re-education  and the constitutionalisation of alternative measures to detention in the execution phase.

The partners had lunch together and, in the afternoon, some teachers in Sollicciano School described the activities they do in prison with the good practices they have individuated and the difficulties they meet every days.

At the end of the workshop the partners had a social dinner in the city center.


28 January 2011


In the second day of the seminar, the partners worked to identify and promoting good practices in educational activity in detention phase.

Some teachers told about the university formation as important way to give to held an alternative to crime and also an important educational resource.

The partners saw also a movie on the “Giardino degli incontri”  (Garden of meeting), as a way to know the thought of Michelucci to open the prison at the city and change the architectural spaces in the prison wich divide the held people from the rest of the population and, in particular, from their relatives and friends.

At the end of the day, the partners discussed about the calendar of the next meetings and how to create an on-line platform to share the material, ideas and some examples of best practice.


The approximate calendar of the next meetings is:


- England (on 12 13 May 2011)

- Cipro (September 2011)

- Greece (February-March 2012)

- Catalonia (April-May 2012)