When it comes to prison education theory and practice in European countries are at different levels of progress. Specially tailored training concepts do not exist. At the best, prison inmates are given the opportunity to gain basic education in crafts and attend language courses and mentoring offered by social workers.
In open prisons additional training offers are considered to be useful, e.g. to support resocialisation. People from different biographical, religious, national, and social origins who see themselves as criminal, non-desired, homeless, cast-away, insane, sick, written-off, and non-sociable often generate symptoms of anxiety and stress, aggression and assaults. Hardly any attention is paid to such learning possibilities, which could open up new resources and perspectives of dealing with severe situations “behind the bars”.
Given the high share of migrants in prisons, intercultural learning becomes a permanent requirement for both inmates and staff. The project LPPS will set off from experiences made by prison managers and other people involved; it will plan, execute, accompany, and evaluate new, among others intercultural, offers for staff and inmates.
The continuous documentation of the pilot offers will serve for the production of a manual designed for the schooling of staff and multipliers. Via this instrument, practice proven learning modules accompanied by help and support for planning, didactic comments, and tips for practice will be made accessible online.