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The Dnipro Continuous Training Centre for the State Criminal Executive Service of Ukraine was attended on August 22, 2017 by the experts of the monitoring mission implemented by the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” aiming at the strategic screening of functions of educational institutions subordinated to the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine.

The monitoring mission consisted of:

  • Gintaras Svedas, Professor of Vilnius University, former Vice-Minister of Justice of Lithuania (Lithuania);
  • Denys Pashchenko, Key National Expert of the EU Project “Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine” (Ukraine);
  • Viacheslav Panasiuk, Chairman of the NGO “Law Development Centre” (Ukraine).

After the welcome meeting with the administration of the Center, the visitors were invited to see around local facilities: they attended the dormitories, the canteen, the club, the sports grounds and gyms, the training ground, the fire training class, the museum of prohibited items, the classrooms, the cabinet of excellence, and other logistic facilities.

The meeting with the teaching officers was dedicated to the discussion of some topical issues of professional training of the personnel of the State Criminal Executive Service of Ukraine, as well as prospects and strategies of development of the training Center and the penitentiary system as a whole. The main task of the Dnipro Center implies the high-quality professional training of the personnel, therefore, many efforts are fostered to the development of good curricula and teaching materials, the practical orientation of the training, the formation of knowledge and skills that the penitentiary staff require in order to perform successfully their duties. The experts also had a look at 18 categories of new and reviewed training programs, and complimented the considerable work that was done to raise qualifications of the teaching officers of the Center. They also highly estimated the teaching materials and developments exercised by the local trainers.

Besides, the experts took the opportunity to talk directly to the trainees – junior inspectors of security departments of closed penitentiary institutions, and learnt about their impression of the quality of training and living conditions in the Center, as well as their ideas about the importance and necessity of professional training.