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Evento multiplicador de cierre del Proyecto CALYPSOS (Programa Erasmus +), celebrado en Bruselas el 30 de octubre de 2018. 1ª Parte
Evento multiplicador de cierre del Proyecto CALYPSOS (Programa Erasmus +), celebrado en Bruselas el 30 de octubre de 2018. 2ª Parte
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The presentation of the Calypsos project took place on 30 October 2018 at the European Committee of the Regions in the city of Brussels by means of a multiplying event for an audience made up of specialists from different areas and people invited to such an event.
The event was opened with presentations by Mr. Manuel Jorge Pérez (Director General of Vocational Training and Adult Education of the Government of the Canary Islands) and Mr. Alfonso Ballesteros Ballester (Director of CEPA of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and coordinator of the Calypsos Project). Both were in charge of welcoming, exposing in their conferences the presentation of the project and the research carried out in the participating countries.
The Calypsos project has its priority in supporting social inclusion, taking into account the specific needs for learning and the improvement of basic skills for inmates in Europe.
The University of Almeria, the University of Minho, the Sapienza University of Rome, the University of La Laguna, Plena Inclusión Canarias (NGO) and ADIS Meridianos (NGO), the General Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions and the Istituto degli Innocenti (Italian public entity) are partners. The project is coordinated by the Santa Cruz Adult Education Centre.

The presentations continued with the intervention of Mr. José Luis Arregui Sáez (Professor and expert in juvenile justice), who highlighted the importance about investigation and treatment of the learners with specific education needs in prison.

The intellectual products are exposed through the outputs in charge of:

      • Ana María Martín Rodríguez.   University of La Laguna. ES
      • Juan Garcia Garcia. University of Almeria. ES
      • Mª Dolores Roldán Tapia. University of Almeria. ES
      • SilviaCataldi. Sapienza-Università di Roma. IT
      • Rui Abrunhosa Gonçalves. University of Minho. PO
      • Javier Borque Martín. ADIS Meridianos. ES

In summary, the outputs focus on using a previous meta-analysis to show evidence of a deficit in executive functions of inmates in prisons comparing them with standardized peers.

The second study is based on the comparison of the results of different tests carried out on adult inmates studying in prisons in Spain, Italy and Portugal against the results of those same tests carried out by standardised individuals studying in adult education centres.

The characteristics of the sample of participants in the project (301 prisoners and 114 normalized, with an average age of 37.7 years and 85% male), the analyzed variables (working memory, spatial memory, planning, attention, interference control, cognitive flexibility, general intelligence and verbal fluency) and its results (analysis to estimate the premorbid level and the contrast in the demographic variables) were also presented.

Mr. Bruno Aragâo closes the first block of papers, commenting on the final recommendations
A lunch break was made at Room Atrium 5. During this time, informal presentations and exchange of opinions between project partners and guests were made.
Back to the room is presented the panel discussion whose title was "Fostering inclusion of inmates learners with special educational needs" by Mrs. Ana Belén González Matos, project coordinator and teacher of the Tenerife Penitentiary Center and CEPA Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Also participating in this panel were Mr. Alfonso Ballester, Ms. Ana Mª Martín (University of La Laguna, ES), Mr. Juan García García (University of Almería, ES), Rui Abrunhosa (Universidade do Minho), Marino Bonaiuto (Sapienza- Università di Roma). There was also interaction with the public.
The debate focuses on 5 fields: organizational, social, professional, pedagogical and contextual.
Throughout this panel discussion is remarked the importance of policy makers in providing support to the Education in prisons and it is highlighted once again the essential need to build a bridge between research and action to foster positive and relevant changes within classrooms in prisons.
We are aware of the need to continuously train and retrain the professionals of technical teams involved in education and motivation to education. These professionals (psychologists, educators, social workers, teachers) are essential to detect learners with special needs and assess them in the improvement and overcoming of executive functions in inmates. Although these teams exist and exchange of opinions between different professionals, it is encouraged a greater effort in the common work aiming to improve academic and personal result of the inmates. Everything could be better than is right now.
The gender perspective in the sample is taken into account. About 10 out of 100 inmates were women. However, it should be noted that women surveyed number in the research was higher than the average, and much higher than the previous studies on which the meta-analysis was based. In the latter of 58 studies, women surveyed number were less than 200, and in the Calypsos Project research, 63 women were being studied. Thus, we cannot consider this sample as a representative one, and it can’t provide us conclusions differentiated by gender, but it has been very important that a significant number of subjects have participated in this research, with no significant differences in the results between women and men.
This project is based on the principle of equity, and therefore people with differences cannot be treated in the same way. It is essential to take it into account if we want to work from equal opportunities.
Looking at the results of the research, it is obvious that the student body has its own characteristics and, for the most part, its own deficits. This leads us to wonder what should be the profile or the role of the teacher, and what should be the appropriate methodology for this student body. The question remains open, knowing that the result has to pass through the continuity of the evaluation carried out, in order to prove something already suspected with the subsequent intervention with the student. Once again, prison and judicial authorities in Europe are urged to implement necessary changes to improve the success rate of adults studying in prison.
Changing the focus of the research, it is analyzed what could be the factor that helped those 6% of people to obtain a degree in prison, as opposed to the motivation or reinforcement that 65% who obtain a degree in adult education centres may have. Reference is made to the importance of being able to use existing prison benefits or find new positive reinforcements to reward the improvement or overcoming of the learners with special needs detected in a person. It seems convenient to foster the use of prison benefits and positive reinforcements to encourage students to improve executive functions.
Maybe it is not so important the numerical data of those who graduate or not, but that inside inmate students starts an improving process and may have their skills improved once they leave the prison. If the process is internalised, they will take advantage from it in other facets of their life
The panel discussion ends with the conviction that greater coordination between education and penitentiary institutions will improve the academic performance of students in European prisons.
The event gets to its final.
It was planned a closing speech Mr. Kevin Warner of the University of College of Cork, is NUI Maynooth EPEA Founder Member and Chairperson of the Council of Europe Expert Group on prison education. He is also a researcher and writer relating to prison education, penal policy and prison conditions.
This conference was entitled "Every possible learning opportunity: the capacity of education in prision to challenge dehumanisation and liberate the whole person" and was included in the participants’ folders. All the participants were invited to read it due to Mr. Warner could not reach this multiplier event because of the strike on Brussels airport that day.
A farewell reception was planned at the end of the event, but a last-minute change was made and this meal was offered at midday to foster contacts between participants rather than at the end when most participants want to reach home.

Registration for the Calypsos Multiplier Event is now open!
The Calypsos Multiplier Event is fast approaching, and will take place in Brussels on 30 October 2018.
Within this one-day event, the main achievements of the CALYPSOS project investigations will be presented.
You can register for this FREE event right now by clicking on the banner below.
The event is addressed to:
Professionals and policy makers in the field of adult education / prison education / justice
Educators or teachers working within
Staff members of prison services throughout Europe
NGO´s that work in the penitentiary or juvenile justice area
Any other entity that works in the penitentiary, juvenile justice or that serves people with special educational needs (NEAE)
Please remember that this event is completely FREE to attend, but registration is required as seats are limited. You can click on the banner below to register now.
The deadline for registration is Wednesday 24th October. No on-site registration on the day of the event is allowed.
We look forward to seeing you at the CALYPSOS Multiplier Event!
* Programme times and sessions are subject to change – any changes will be posted here prior to the event.
Important: Please note that any costs related to travel, accommodation and meals will not be covered by the project. It is the responsibility of each participant/delegate to arrange their journey, meals and accommodation (if applicable) in Brussels. Nevertheless, lunch will be served at CoR the day of the conference at no cost. If you want to join for the reception, it is important to mention it in the registration form.
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