FRIENDS - Fostering Resilience-Inclusive Education and Non-Discrimination in Schools

Scientific Coordinator: Chiara Ruini
FRIENDS

 

 

 

Unibo structure involved: Department of psychology
Unibo Team: Dott.ssa Francesca Vescovelli, Giulia Cesetti

Website: http://montescalearning.com/MFTP/course/view.php?id=11

Project Duration in months: 24
Start Date: 15/01/2018
End Date: 15/01/2020

Budget: 479.064,00 euro    
Unibo Budget:  21.236,00 euro

Partners:

  • Coordinator: FONDAZIONE HALLGARTEN-FRANCHETTI CENTRO STUDI VILLA MONTESCA - CITTA DI CASTELLO (Italy)
  • Stichting Hogeschool Utrecht – UTRECHT (Nederlands)
  • UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE – FARO (Portugal)
  • ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA – Bologna (Italy)
  • CESIE – TRAPPETO (Italy)
  • Escola Secundária de Loulé – Loulé (Portugal)
  • CITTA' DI SACILE- Sacile (Italy)
  • MAHARISHI SCHOOL TRUST LTD – LATHOM (United Kingdom)
  • MAHARISHI FOUNDATION – WOODBRIDGE (United Kingdom)
  • APEJAA - ASSOCIACAO DE PAIS EB2/3JOAO AFONSO DE AVEIRO – AVEIRO (Portugal)
  • COOPERATIVA CULTURAL CIENCIA E TECNOLOGIA VEDICA MAHARISHI CRL – LISBOA (Portugal)
  • Associazione meditazione trascendentale maharishi Italia - Baschi terni (Italy)
  • SelfCompetence S. à r. l.- Bertrange (Luxambourg)
  • Maharishi Institute of Vedic Science VZW- Brussel (Belgium)

Description

The FRIENDS project aims to assess, disseminate and scaling up, in broader European context, including replicating on wider scale, in new countries and at higher level,  an innovative, well-researched whole-school approach, the Quiet Time based on Transcendental Meditation (TM) programme, in answer to the Paris Declaration, that has been proved to be effective in promoting inclusive learning and enable students to succeed in education and develop their full potential irrespective of their socio-economic backgrounds, while supporting teachers in dealing with diversity . Maharishi Free School (UK), bringing 30 years of experience implementing Quiet Time, will assist in the implementation schools and non-formal education institution of 4 different European countries: Portugal, Belgium, Italy and UK, targeting minority students and those with disadvantaged or migrant background. The evaluation of the project led by the Utrecht, Algarve and Bologna Universities will involve, assessment of the value of the programme for school administrators and teachers, on measures of stress, tolerance, self-confidence, motivation, and job satisfaction; and for students measuring tolerance, anxiety, resilience, life satisfaction, cognitive development, emotional well-being and academic performance. While the expertise of Foundation Villa Montesca and CESIE will ensure greater dissemination and upscaling, to favour further upscaling will be Established a strategic plan at Local, Regional, National and European level involving partners and associated partners in the FRIENDS project, local learning communities developed during the life of the project, authorities and key stakeholders committed to promote inclusion, to put the basis for the creation of an Alliance of schools for social inclusion. Based on this, the FRIENDS project will produce policy recommendations and a mainstreaming roadmap for evidence based policy actions/guidance at European and National level.

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union