Education to foreign inmates in Romanian, Arabic, English, Russian, Greek, and French

Romanian, Arabic, English, Russian, Greek, and French education to foreigners in prison


We have partnered up with SIVECO to assist prisons and prison administrations in the implementation of technology-enhanced education solutions, through the delivery of digital contents to inmates serving sentence abroad.

The educational offer – especially directed at foreign nationals imprisoned abroad – comprises near 34.000 assets, in accordance with national education curricula, including:

  • 12761 learning objects and 21 digital books in Romanian;
  • 9703 learning objects in English;
  • 6000 learning objects in Arabic;
  • 2802 learning objects in Russian;
  • 2456 learning objects in Greek;
  • 2456 learning objects in French.


18% of prisoners in European Union’s state members are foreigners

According to Council of Europe statistics, the total prison population in the European Union on 1st September 2014 amounted to 620,540, out of which 113,000 were foreigners, the majority of these coming from within the EU.

On inmates in EU prisons, Morocco citizens are estimated to be the most represented (11,700), followed by Romania (11,511), Albania (5,722), Turkey (4,798) and Poland (4,449). (1)

Foreign national inmates can be defined as “prisoners who do not carry the passport of the country in which they are imprisoned”; it comprises individuals who have resided for a long time in the country in which they are imprisoned without having granted citizenship; the ones who stayed legally for a short period of time in the country in which they are imprisoned; and people who had traveled from one country to another with the aim of committing an offense.

Also, in some countries, illegal immigration is an offense and these illegal immigrants can be convicted and locked up in the same prisons as where people convicted for internationally recognized criminal offenses are detained. Thus, some will reintegrate in the country in which they are detained, while others will (be) return(ed) to their home country.


Inmates of foreign origin have the equal right to be provided education during their detention

The council of Europe, the European Union and the United Nations have established legislation concerning the rights of prisoners, and some of them focus on their right to have access to education (e.g., European Prison Rules – Council of Europe, 2006a). These explicitly emphasize the right of foreign national prisoners to have access to educational programmes (e.g., Council of Europe, 2012).

Having difficulties in expressing and understanding the host-country language, foreign inmates normally face higher challenges than nationals. Increasing self-esteem and pride and being a purposeful time spending activity, the participation in educational activities has proven to also increase inmates’ chances to find a job after release. Despite these benefits, the FORINER(2) Research report about the educational participation of European citizens detained in a foreign European country(3) demonstrates that the educational offer for foreign European national prisoners is smaller than the one for national prisoners, making the reinsertion process of these inmates (in their host country or country of origin) even more difficult.


IPS and SIVECO can support prisons in designing the educational and learning process of their foreign inmates, including:

  • the design and implementation of secure digital learning systems and digital content development tools;
  • the deployment of digital contents according to inmate’s specific educational needsin Romanian, Arabic, English, Russian, Greek, and French language;
  • the training or teachers or community volunteers in mediating technology enhanced learning;
  • the support to teachers developing new digital content;
  • the deployment of assessment solutions.



SIVECO is the leading Romanian software house and one of the most successful regional leaders in eLearning, eHealth, eAgriculture, eCustoms, eGovernment and eBusiness from Central and Eastern Europe.

SIVECO provides integrated eLearning solutions to educational institutions and governmental organizations, aimed at transforming into a unique and pleasant experience for both students and teachers. AeL eLearning solutions comprise AeL eContent virtual library, the AeL platform for teaching, learning, evaluation and management of the multimedia educational content (educational portals, virtual laboratories).



(1) “Romania and Morocco have most expats in EU prisons”, article by Michael Bird, Vlad Odobescu, Cecilia Ferrara and Limontaite published at the EU Observer, 1st November 2016, (

(2) Mr. Pedro das Neves, CEO of IPS_Innovative Prison Systems is a member of the international advisory board of the FORINER project. The FORINER project is funded by the European Commission and aims to provide foreign European national prisoners in European prisons with access to qualitative, low threshold, certified learning opportunities.

(3) Research report about the educational participation of European citizens detained in a foreign European country, by Dorien Brosens, Liesbeth De Donder and FORINER partners, Published in 2016, Brussels, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (

SIVECO Romania is IPS Innovative Prison Systems partner

Siveco is the most important Romanian software house, specialized in software integration, and e-Learning.

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