A few words about our
School in the juvenile prison in Volos [ EKKN Volos ] was founded on the
Ministry of Justice’s initiative and with the support and collaboration of
the Ministry of Education - in September 2002 in the city of Volos, 310
kilometres north of Athens.
It was the second school in the Greek territory to be functioning with
prisoner students after the school in the prisons of Avlona.We should
mention here that at this moment the schools of prisons in the country have
increased to five.
On the 12/11/2002 EKKN Volos was inaugurated by the then minister of Justice
k. Philippos Petsalnikos. It is a high school, which follows the timetable
of all the rest Greek high schools.
The special thing about this school is that its students are foreign
prisoners –áged from 17 to 22 -
mostly Albanians with few other nationalities.
The professors that are occupied here are 5 (2 philologists, 1
physicist, 1 mathematician, who also teaches computer lesson and 1 teacher
of the English language – 2 of whom are women).
Our students come to school with a great interest in
gaining knowledge, as well as saving days, since for each day that they
attend school they win one day from their sentence, which is a great motive
to them. They study the Greek language and after their graduation of all
three grades of high school they take their certificate of graduation ,which
is equal to the graduation certificate of any other high school in the
However, above all they accomplish to strengthen their
self esteem and self respect and although they are foreigners they manage to
overcome all the objective difficulties they face and they make marvels with
their insistence and continuous effort. To some of them their imprisonment
is not an obstacle to their development but only one difficult period that
helps them get ready to face life outside the prison bars.
With the help of all the teachers of High school the
students learn and finally love the Greek language and culture and produce
great work. From 2002, the year of its function, the school has demonstrated
miracles as the students have worked for this.
(A) During the school year 2002-2003 we
dramatized "THE CONVICT" by Konstantinos Theotokis and played it. This play
is also available in book and cd.
(Â) During the school year 2003 – 2004 , on the
students "own initiative" , we wrote a theatrical play titled "MOMENTS OF
LIFE" ,which talks about four prisoners and the way they face their own
cruel reality behind the prison bars. They dared to talk about their
personal story, dreams, hopes and worries. They talked about all these
things they kept deep inside their soul and never dared to share them with
anyone else. Even though they are foreigners they learned their roles so
well - overcoming even the least linguistic difficulty – that they deserved
the applause and all the credit they took from the people who watched them
play in the courtyard of prison. This representation is also available in
book and cd.
During the school season
2004-2005 –the guys helped in the writing of a project
titled "OUT OF THE WALLS"
that was about the culture in
their country, Albania. They gave information to the readers on the customs
of the neighbouring country, elements of their culture, the language and
their history. They also mention their personal experiences of their life in
Albania. This project is available in
book (part of which you can
pdf format, 171 Kb) and video
(a sounding part of which you can
wma format, 2.79 Mb).
(D) During the school year 2005 – 2006
the project « OUT OF THE WALLS» continued with the writing of
students' life stories and the project of health education titled «I RELY ON
MY SELF» was carried out which is available in video DVD.
And our journey continues...
In addition, our school took part in a European programme in the
frames of the SOCRATES-GRUNDTVIG 2 programme from 1-8-2006 to 31-7-2009.
During this three year period we will work with institutions from seven
different European countries ( this partnership is the result of the
Grundtvig contact seminar organized by the British council. Its title was <<
OPEN MINDS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS >> and it took place in Lancaster of England
from 18 to 22 January in the year 2006. We will work on a project entitled
<<SONART>>. The subject will be the writing and publication of our inmate
students biographies. We will also compile short stories, poems and letters
from the prisoners. Our target is for all this material to become a source
of inspiration for a future theatrical performance. It’s the first time that
our school takes part in a European programme and we hope that this pan
European partnership will bloom!
Also our school participated in the biennial European partnership prisons or schools that
operate within them, entitled LEAP (LEARNING IN PRISON). The Learning Partnership Learning in Prison
started the course on the August 1, 2011. Coordinating organization was
the foundation Fondazione Giovanni Micheluccionlus from Florence, Italy.
This is a nonprofit organization that conducts studies and research on
detention facilities, and other public institutions such as hospitals or
schools. The other partners, in addition to our school, are the
central prisons of Cyprus, University of Manchester, namely the part that provides training to teachers who teach in prisons, prisons in Catalonia (Spain), the Agency's Literary Action Berlin-a non-profit
private organization which has established in Berlin, consists of
writers and artists who organize various events, discussions, workshops
and symposia related to culture and the arts in prisons to respect human
rights. This partnership ended in July 2012 and the final product is an e-book
(website) which will include best practices for education in prison, as
were presented by all European institutions during the formal meetings.
mail adress: Metamorfoseos 195, Z.C. 38110, Volos - GREECE
designer : Fovos Ioannis (Maths teacher, M.Ed.)
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