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HMP Barlinnie mark International Prison Education Day

13th October is International Prison Education Day and HMP Barlinnie marked this with a celebration of learning.

The event was delivered in partnership with New College Lanarkshire, Fife College, Open University Scotland, National Museums, Glasgow University, Napier University, Citizen’s Theatre, ‘Street Cones’, Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy and Govan community based Choir.

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The day saw a number of individuals in our care participate in workshops through the morning. Workshops included drama theatre delivered by Street Cones, ‘The Celts’ delivered by the National Museum of Scotland and a mural was also produced on the theme of education, which was on display alongside other artwork from all over the prison estate. The afternoon event, opened by Directory of Strategy & Innovation Teresa Medhurst and Governor Jacqueline Clinton, saw those who were involved in the morning’s workshops perform in front of an invited audience of peers, partner agencies and staff.

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Paula Arnold, SPS Divisional Head of Offender Outcomes and Services, said, “This was a wonderful event for people to showcase their talent and mark the occasion of International Prisoner Education Day. Thanks to all those who contributed in the form of art, poetry and drama which displayed an exceptional aptitude to learning and a special thanks to our workshop facilitators from New College Lanarkshire, Fife College, Street Cones, Gien’ it Laldie, National Museums Scotland and Tim Turnbull for their contributions and enthusiasm. The competition entries and performances on the day were fantastic and provided an excellent showcase of what can be achieved through learning.

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“A special thanks also to the team at HMP Barlinnie and New College Lanarkshire for hosting the event, to the Open University and Napier University for their sponsorship and to New College Lanarkshire, Fife College, Creative Scotland, Scottish Book Trust and the Citizens Theatre for kindly providing the prizes for our completion.

“Finally a big congratulations to all our competition winners, the standard of work in all 3 categories was exceptionally high and we look forward to seeing some of the winning entries in the upcoming edition of the European Prison Education Association magazine.”

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