Outreach Initiatives


Here are described specific initiatives undertaken or plan to undertake as part of the project: presentations, workshops, conferences, or collaborations with relevant organizations.

Benefits of Education for adult learners in corrections


The importance and benefits of providing learning opportunities to adults in and leaving correctional institutions. How education can contribute to community adaptation and improving employability?

Incarceration is a critical time for reflection and rehabilitation, providing adult learners in corrections with an opportunity to reassess their lives and choices. One of the most effective tools for personal growth and positive change is education. Providing learning opportunities to adult learners in corrections can significantly impact their lives and pave the way for a brighter future.

Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism

Education serves as a powerful catalyst in breaking the cycle of recidivism. By offering adult learners in corrections access to various educational programs, they gain new competencies, knowledge, and perspectives that challenge their previous behaviors and attitudes. Engaging in education provides a sense of purpose and motivation to pursue a different path, reducing the likelihood of returning to criminal activities upon release.

Empowering Employability

One of the most significant barriers that adult learners in corrections face upon reentry into society is finding gainful employment. By providing learning opportunities within correctional facilities, they can acquire vocational competencies and certifications that enhance their employability. Equipped with relevant qualifications, they become more competitive candidates in the job market, increasing the chances of securing stable employment post-release.

Enhancing Personal Growth and Self-Esteem

Education is not just about acquiring knowledge; it is also a journey of personal growth and development. Adult learners in corrections engaged in learning experiences are more likely to improve their self-esteem, confidence, and problem-solving abilities. As they develop critical thinking competences and self-awareness, they become better equipped to make positive life choices, fostering a sense of purpose and hope for a successful future.

Strengthening Community Safety

Education ultimately contributes to community safety. Adult learners in corrections who are actively engaged in educational programs are less likely to re-offend, promoting a safer and more stable society. By investing in education behind bars, we invest in the safety and well-being of our communities as a whole.

Fostering Reintegration and Social Reintegration

Education plays a vital role in facilitating the reintegration of into society of participants after their release. Adults exiting prison or probation who have participated in educational programs while incarcerated are better prepared to navigate life outside of prison walls. By acquiring educational qualifications, they are better positioned to contribute positively to their communities, reinforcing the notion of second chances and promoting social reintegration.

Providing learning opportunities to adult learners in corrections is an investment in their future and the overall safety and well-being of society. Education has the transformative power to reduce recidivism, improve employability, and foster successful reintegration into society. By recognizing the importance of education behind bars, we create a pathway for individuals to break free and embrace a life of growth, and positive contributions.  

Through the PROTA project, let's celebrate the power of education and collaboration in creating positive change!


  1. Romer, K, (2016), Learning behind bars: Realizing the benefits of prison education, Available at: https://thelifelonglearningblog.uil.unesco.org/2022/11/16/learning-behind-bars-realizing-the-benefits-of-prison-education/
  2. EUROPRIS, Table of reccommendations and practices, Prison Education, Available at: https://www.europris.org/prisoneducation/
  3. EUROPRIS, (2019), Report: Review of European Prison Education Policy and Council of Europe Recommendation (89) 12 on Education in Prison. Available at: https://www.europris.org/file/report-review-of-european-prison-education-policy-and-council-of-europe-recommendation-89-12-on-education-in-prison/
  4. UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, Education in Prison, A literature review, Available at: https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED615405.pdf

Virtual Reality (VR) in Prisons

How VR is being used as a tool for education within the prison system? Advantages, immersive learning experiences, accessibility, and the potential to simulate real-world scenarios.

In recent years, Virtual Reality (VR) has revolutionized various industries, including education. Within the prison system, this cutting-edge technology has emerged as a powerful tool, offering participants during their time in correctional institutions a unique opportunity for immersive learning experiences.

Advantages of Virtual Reality in Prison Education

Virtual Reality provides various advantages when applied to education within the prison system. Firstly, it offers an interactive and engaging learning environment, which captivates the attention of adults in correctional institutions and enhances knowledge retention.

Immersive learning experiences are at the core of Virtual Reality’s effectiveness in the prison education system. Adults in correctional institutions can delve into historical reenactments, scientific experiments, or vocational training simulations, offering practical and hands-on learning opportunities. These immersive experiences empower them to engage actively with the educational content, stimulating critical thinking and problem-solving competences.

Furthermore, VR allows for personalized learning journeys, catering to each participant’s unique learning pace and style. Adult learners in correctional institutions  can navigate through the material at their comfort level, ensuring a more inclusive and effective learning experience.

One of the key advantages of Virtual Reality is its accessibility for diverse learners within the prison system. Participants with varying educational backgrounds or learning disabilities can benefit from the interactive and visual nature of VR. This inclusive approach levels the playing field, providing equal opportunities for education and competencies development. Additionally, VR reduces dependency on physical resources, such as textbooks or equipment, making it a cost-effective solution for prison education programs. This accessibility enables correctional facilities to offer a wider range of subjects and courses without logistical constraints.

Perhaps one of the most significant applications of Virtual Reality in prison education is its potential to simulate real-world scenarios. Adult learners in correctional institutions can engage in lifelike vocational training, allowing them to acquire practical competencies and certifications. This aspect of VR education significantly improves learners’ employability upon re-entry into society, promoting a smoother transition to the workforce.

Virtual Reality has emerged as a transformative tool for education within the prison system, offering adult learners in corrections access to immersive learning experiences, personalized journeys, and real-world simulations. Its advantages, such as enhanced engagement, accessibility, and cost-effectiveness, make it an invaluable asset in promoting education, personal growth, and successful reintegration into society.


  1. Promotional video created within the 2nd Chance VITA Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upxzVJpANQo
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  3. Bindi, T. (2016). New  York Startup to  Use VR  Tech to Rehabilitate  Available: https://www.zdnet.com/article/new-york-startup-to-use-vr-tech-to-rehabilitate-prisoners/
  4. Dolven, T., & Fidel, E. (2017). This prison is using VR to teach inmates how to live on the outside. Retrieved from: https://www.vice.com/en/article/bjym3w/this-prison-is-using-vr-to-teach-inmates-how-to-live-on-the-outside
  5. Herold, B. (2018). Jobs at all levels now require digital literacy. Here’s Proof. Retrieved from: https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/jobs-at-all-levels-now-require-digital-literacy-heres-proof/2018/09

Collaboration Opportunities

We extend an open invitation to all individuals and institutions interested in becoming part of the PROTA initiative. Whether you are a correctional facility seeking to implement educational programs, an educational institution willing to collaborate, or a VR technology provider eager to contribute, we encourage you to connect with us.

Join us in our pursuit of transforming lives through education! Would you like to be part of our stakeholder database and receive more info on our work, get invitations for events and take part in the development?

Please contact the representative organisation for each partner country.