Educatie Achter Buitenlandse Tralies

About Educatie Achter Buitenlandse Tralies

The Foundation “Education behind foreign prison bars” (EABT) is an independent organisation of volunteers that organises (paper-based and computer-based) Dutch-languaged distance education for Dutch prisoners abroad. Some 2.300 Dutch nationals are in foreign detention in prisons all over the World. After they have served their prison sentence, they often return to the Netherlands where they have to resume their normal lives and try to assume a position in the Dutch society and the labour market.

Many of these detainees have a learning disadvantage. Some can hardly read or write in Dutch. Many of them have literacy issues due to forms of dyslexia, due to personality or social problems. Their chances of participation in society and the labour market are therefore slim. With distance education, the Foundation want to help Dutch prisoners abroad to steer clear from a life of dependence, poverty, unemployment, etc.

The foundation offers Dutch for non-native speakers of Dutch and various levels, Foreign languages and Labour market-oriented educational programmes. The education is appropriate to the background, capabilities and ambitions of the detainees. All education is free; also provided postage-paid envelopes. The Foundation takes care of the learning material and the correction of the homework. Often it is possible to complete the course with an exam in a foreign prison. The education-program is easilytransferrable between prisons in both the Netherlands and abroad or on release from prison. The foundation works closely with the consular staff of the Dutch embassy, probation authorities in Dutch and foreign prisons.

Involvement with Foriner

The Foundation “Education behind foreign prison bars” (EABT) has over 10 years of experience in distance learning for Dutch prisoners abroad. EABT continue to provide a very positive experience from prisoners, their supervisors and foreign prison authorities.

Not only the Dutch prisoners abroad but also all foreign prisoners in all European countries have the right to education that fits their background, potential and future prospects. The Foundation wants to share the experiences of its method with partners in other European countries; In the distance-education more and more computers are used. The Foundation wants to contribute to improving computing facilities for education of (foreign) prisoners. The foundation would like to collaborate with other organizations in other European countries to ensure that it is possible for all foreign prisoners in all European countries, both paper-based and computer-based to an education in their own language and appropriate to their background, abilities and ambitions.

To build a strong European network; a network where people and organizations are able to provide that suitable distance learning for this target group.

The Erasmus+ project Foriner offers excellent potential to make an important start with that.