International monitoring seminar Validation of non-formal and informal learning. October 27 and 28 Koln, Germany
By our National Agency Erasmus+ we were invited for the meeting in Koln on validation of outcomes of non-formal and informal learning. An inspiring meeting on a subject that is very high on our agenda. With participants from Germany, Ireland, Finland and the Netherlands we found out that there are beautiful ideas, aproaches and initiatives and a lot of work to be done. We also got the impression that with our approach and concrete ideas we are at least one step ahead of many other organisations.
On Friday September 12 we received the international price of the Dutch “Festival van het leren”. A price supported by Unesco for the best International Project: the PEETA project (Personal Effectiveness and Employability skills Through the Arts) in which we played an important role and for our efforts to keep the arts on the agenda within the prison system.
Because of our effort for the PEETA project (Personal Effectiveness and Employability skills Through the Arts), an innovative way to use the arts as a tool for learning skills, we have been nominated for the international prize of the Dutch “Festival van het leren”
PICP (Partners In Crime Prevention) is a Learning Partnership funded through the EU Grundtvig program. Seven partners from all over Europe, all involved in working in prisons, exchange ideas on how the arts can provide tools for inmates to develop life skills. The idea is to develop strategies that lead to disistance, how how can art programms help people to make other choices in their lifes.
During six international meeting, that take place in the partners countries, artists, leading criminologists, experts in education and ex-prisoners discuss new ideas and strategies. One of the aims is to develop a manual on how to use the arts in prisons. The partners come from Poland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Ireland and the UK. C&C is the coordinator of this project.