Free to Code

This co-financed Erasmus+ project aims at offering prison inmates a chance of developing the much sought after digital skills. Along with partners from all over the European Union, BeCode has developed a learning path to help these individuals start a new life once their sentence is served.

A project supported by

The Free to Code project is co-financed by ERASMUS + programme KA2 – Strategic Partnerships for adult education. ERASMUS + is the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth, and Sport (2014-2020).

Goal of the project

Coding is an increasingly important competence in a wide variety of industries and professions. Free to Code, a project that is co-financed by Erasmus+, therefore aims at giving detained people, between 18 and 60, a second chance by teaching them how to code. Gaining one of the key skills of the 21st century should improve their job opportunities and thereby facilitate their reintegration into society once their sentence is served.

Project details

Improving adult and detained learners’ digital competences is a top priority for the European educational system. In order to develop a training program that takes into account the needs of the target group and responds to the similarities and differences between the participating countries, an in-depth analysis was conducted. This analysis aimed at identifying the attitudes and knowledge gaps related to coding and computational thinking.


Based on the results of this analysis, an interactive multifunctional e-learning platform was developed to help the inmates gain the necessary hard and soft skills. To meet with all prison rules in Europe, the materials could be downloaded and used in an offline environment.

Through theory, interactive exercises and programming games, they have learned about digital literacy, have acquired the basics of coding and have honed soft skills such as problem solving, teamwork and analytical thinking.

Target audience

Through a methodology of non-formal and informal learning, prison inmates between 18 and 60 years old were given the chance of obtaining one of the key skill sets of the 21st century.


Project phases

  • November 2018 – September 2019: Intellectual output 1 – best practices report on coding for detained learners.
  • September 2019 – February 2021: Intellectual output 2 – Development and piloting of the Free to Code training platform.

Contact us

Thanks to this project, BeCode has developed the necessary tools to help increase prison inmates’ chances of reintegration in society. Do you work in a prison facility and would you like to grab the opportunity of helping the inmates turn their lives around? Don’t hesitate to contact us!