Pentonville students create book celebrating partnership with PET

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Jose Aguiar, Project Lead | 03 June 2020

Ali. PET. 2019. Pencil on paper.

Creative Arts and Art students at HMP Pentonville have written and designed a commemorative book marking the prison’s 20-year partnership with Prisoners’ Education Trust.

In this foreword, Project Lead Jose Aguiar explains the background to the unique five-month project – with two classes creating artwork, poetry, and writing and the wider prison community making a contribution.

Read the book here

Prison education can open up opportunities, broaden horizons, transform life chances, and personal identity.

As adults, we often see education as belonging to our past something that we have completed. In prison, it has the potential through which people can shape their future.

Prisoners took a central and active role in the production of this booklet

The way education is organised in prisons, varies a great deal. Fortunately, some organisations, like the Prisoners’ Education Trust, try to keep the level, quality, and offer of education high, through their Distance Learning courses.

The theme of this commemorative booklet is the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Prisoners’ Education Trust, and the transformational impact of Distance Learning courses on HMP Pentonville residents, since 1998.

This project was built around active collaborations led by the Creative Arts class tutor, Helena Baptista, and Art & Design class tutor, Kirk Lawrence, with support from the Prisoners’ Education Trust.

Prisoners took a central and active role in the production of this booklet; they were an integral part of its planning, research, and content.

The project proved that when different stakeholders come together, success happens

The production of the booklet was innovative, in the sense that, for the first time, a five-month project involved two classes, and the wider prison community, collaborating and contributing in equal terms. It proved that when different stakeholders come together, success happens.

In the words of one prisoner involved in the project: “Learning in prison has been like a duvet on a winter night; it is something comforting when everything appears bleak.”

Happy 30th anniversary to the Prisoners’ Education Trust, and may your amazing work continue for a long time!

You can read an interactive version of the book here.

© Prisoners' Education Trust 2020

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