We're excited to announce that The Crito Project will begin teaching Introducing Philosophy at HMP Whitemoor in early August 2017, with more modules to follow. We hope that the project can have an impact at Whitmeoor, and be a good match for the education needs of the men serving their sentence there.
The UEA has endorsed the Crito Project's education delivery. The relationship will be a similar one to that of The Guardian's Masterclasses, where the UEA provides academic oversight, steering and a sign off on the curriculum, to ensure it is of an excellent standard. Dr Tom Greaves and Dr Davide Rizza will act as the Project’s Academic Liaison and Support team.
We're happy to announce that PeoplePlus, one of the largest prison education providers in the country, have awarded us a grant to develop a new range of courses, and to grow the project in scale. The project's success at a number of their sites has helped to build a great relationship with PeoplePlus, and their support will make it possible for us to expand on that success.
Ben Walker was invited to speak at People Plus's annual conference this week, where he spoke on on the results of the project's qualitative analyses, and its promising findings in relation to desistance theory.
On the 12th May, The Crito Project will commence teaching at two new sites in Suffolk, Hollesley Bay & Warren Hill. The partnership is an exciting opportunity; the two sites are managed by a forward thinking and inventive education team, and this bodes well for a good match between the Crito Project and PeoplePlus.
While the walk was only a conditional success, with Ben having to pull up after 320 miles, due to damaging his Achilles tendon, the donations that kept pouring in during his walk were generous, inspirational and will prove hugely important for the continuing success of the Crito Project. A big thank you to everyone who has sponsored the South West Coastal Path walk. The funds will go into registering the project as an CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation), purchasing teaching materials and providing books for prison libraries.
7th July-18th August ...
630 miles ...
One pair of legs
On the 12th July, Ben Walker (our lead tutor) will start his 630 mile-walk along the Southwest Coastal Path, England's longest waymarked footpath. Ben is making the journey to raise much-needed funds for The Crito Project, so please give generously if you can: the Project receives no institutional funding, and is run entirely on a voluntary basis.
The Southwest Coastal Path
Running from Minehead in Somerset, up and down along the Jurassic Coast of Devon and Cornwall, and ending in Poole Harbour in Dorset, the path stretches for 630 miles. Generations of coastguards patrolled this coast, checking on lighthouses and searching for smugglers, and today the path still closely hugs each harbour and crannie along the shoreline. The total height climbed has been calculated to be 35,031 m, almost four times the height of Mount Everest.
We've just completed our first two weeks of the project at HMP Bure, and so far the response has been extremely positive, both from the students, and the Education department on site.