An innovative European project for prisoners and staff at the Nicosia central prisons is based on three pillars, the first of which is about innovative new curricula, teaching methods and the development of training courses, the second on education for entrepreneurship and the third in combatting youth unemployment.
The results of the project ‘Innovative learning approaches in staff training and young offenders’ employability support’ were presented on Friday by prison director Anna Aristotelous.
As part of the project, the central prison in cooperation with their programme partner in Cyprus, Eurosuccess Consulting assessed the needs of prisoners with a questionnaire.
Next, two prison guards were sent to Scotland for the purpose of learning how to communicate with marginalised young people. After their return the guards organised a two-day training course for 15 colleagues in order to pass on their newly acquired knowledge.
All the project partners – from the UK, Scotland, Spain, Italy and Romania – were invited to Cyprus in April 2016 and visited the central prison where they discussed Cypriot prison system with the management.
As a last part, two young prisoners together with a guard travelled to Spain for four days in May where they were trained in issues having to do with the labour market.
The project which started in December 2014 and ends on December 31, 2016 was funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus +.