The International network of penitentiary education in the countries of Eastern Partnership and Central Asia is a voluntary association of institutions and individuals consolidating the efforts of organizations and experts in advancing the right to education in penitentiary and post-penitentiary spheres and promoting education as an effective means of reintegration of (ex)prisoners in society.


The members of network believe that

  • realising the priority of people’s rights and freedoms is the most important achievement of the world community;
  • the right to education is one of the fundamental human rights and prison inmates have the same right to education as other citizens;
  • education is an effective tool of resocialization and prevention of repeated crimes and is also an important component of economic and democratic development of society;
  • the success of humanizing and reforming the penitentiary system largely depends on partnership and joint efforts of civil society, the state, private sector, international organizations, experts and engaged citizens.


Activities of the network are meant to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Development of policies ensuring the realization of the right to education in penitentiary and post-penitentiary spheres in member countries
  2. Drawing the attention of broader public, state authorities, mass media and international organizations to the issue of respecting human dignity, execution of the right to education and cultural development of the persons serving sentences and those released from penitentiary institutions; social and economic expediency of development of education in penitentiary institutions.
  3. Joining efforts of organizations, experts and individuals dealing with issues of education of adults and youths in the penitentiary system and reintegration of those released into society.
  4. Assistance in organizational development and capacity building of the network members.


Network principles:

  • shared purposes and basic values;
  • voluntary membership and interaction within the network;
  • mutual respect, trust, support and regard to the interests of all members of the network;
  • respect for the rights of intellectual property and information accuracy;
  • distributed leadership and allocation of responsibilities;
  • transparency.


Administration of the network is performed by the Steering Committee

Members of the Steering Committee:

Armenia — Gayane Ovakimyan (Legal Education and Rehabilitation Program Implementation Center)

Belarus — Nina Kekukh (Gomel Regional Public Association “Community Development Projects”)

Kyrgyzstan — Cholpon Omurkanova (Public Foundation “Eagl”)

Moldova — Inna Vutkarev (Public Association “Positive Initiative”)

Tajikistan — Shakhlo Abdunabizoda (Civil Society Organization “Jahon”)

Uzbekistan — Tatyana Nikitina (Republican Information Education Center  “INTILISH”)

Ukraine — Roman Drozd (Charitable Organization “Light of Hope”)

DVV Internationa — Galina Veremeychik (Representative Office DVV International in Belarus)