The European workshop of the FRIENDS PROJECT “Fostering Resilience-Inclusive Education and Non-Discrimination in Schools”  will take place at Villa Montesca in Città di Castello (Italy) on 19-20/02/2018 . The project has been funded by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission in the framework of the  Erasmus Plus Programme Key Action 3: Support for policy reform.

The general objective of the FRIENDS project is to disseminate and scaling up on a broader European context, including replicating on a wider scale, in new countries and at higher level, an innovative but well-researched whole-school approach — known as the Quiet Time based on the Transcendental Meditation (TM) programme for schools — in answer to the Paris Declaration, that has been proved to be effective in promoting inclusive learning and in enabling students to succeed in education and to develop their full potential irrespective of their socio-economic backgrounds, while supporting teachers in dealing with diversity, thus contributing to improving the role of the Education Training and Youth system in promoting equality, social cohesion, nurturing mutual respect and intercultural dialogue, combating discrimination on all grounds and contributing to establishing a solid evidence leading to a mainstreaming roadmap for effective policy-making at European and National level, as a key factor for promoting continued improvement in education systems across Europe.

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