What is it?
In Spain, women in prison can have their children with them until the age of 3. These kids have access to good kindergarden resources for part of the day, but living in a prison implies that there are difficulties to provide certain stimula that are important for their sensory and emotional development. In order to explain to their mothers the importance of these stimula, and aiming to improve their condition and provide them with social visibility, Museos Científicos Coruñeses and Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante have designed a kit of games and explanatory cards for the Mothers pavillion at Teixeiro Prison.
Does it work?
We have acheived some success, although the project is at quite an early stage.
Advice if you’re thinking of trying it:
Working in prison may imply confronting some extreme social exclusion situations, so be emotionally prepared. Designing science education materials for illiterate people or foreigners with little knowledge of local language is a real challenge, but it is worth the effort. Keep in mind that prison is a higly controlled environment, so plan every move in advance and submit it for authorisation.
There are usually NGOs that work with inmates, and they can be of the greatest help to understand their needs and expectations. This is the case of Nosotras Intramuros at Teixeiro Prison. Also, social workers developing programs in prison are really keen on people from outside delivering interesting activities to inmates, so be ready to help.
Contact for more information:
Marcos Perez (firstname.lastname@example.org)