The aim of prison education is to help prisoners cope with their sentences and prepare them for release, and particularly to offer them the opportunity to discover and develop new potential within themselves. Such personal development has special urgency in a prison context since the great majority of those in prison have had limited education opportunities in the past.
The curriculum also seeks to reflect the needs and interests of the student when released into society. Pre-release courses are provided in close liaison with other disciplines in the prisons.The CDETB’s Pathways Project Centre aims to help, support and advise ex-prisoners on matters concerning employment, training and educational courses, accommodation and social welfare. Support is also given in terms of personal development, gaining confidence and heightening self-esteem as well as personal and vocational guidance counselling. The CDETB also provides education at the PACE Training Workshop for offenders on probation or parole.