FRIENDS!

How to eliminate stress and negative emotions and behaviours in schools?

Now with the Quiet Time/Transcendental Meditation programme it is possible!

Discover more about the FRIENDS project – Fostering Resilience, Inclusive Education and Non-Discrimination in Schools.

THE PROJECT

The FRIENDS project aims at introducing an innovative approach in schools in order to promote respect for diversity, tolerance and social inclusion in the learning environments. Trough Quiet Time with the Transcendental Meditation programme, students have been proven scientifically to become less aggressive, more incline to establish positive relationships and improving also their academical results.

All this has a full advantage for the education systems which become effective spaces for fostering equality, integration, and intercultural understanding.

General objective:

The main objective of the FRIENDS project is to disseminate and replicate on a wider European scale an innovative but well-researched whole school approach known as the Quiet Time based on the Transcendental Meditation programme (Quiet Time/TM programme) for schools. This scientifically proven approach will be implemented in 4 European countries (Portugal, Italy, Belgium and UK), targeting schools and non-formal educational institutions with minority and disadvantaged students, or with a migrant background.

Specific objectives:

The following 4 specific objectives are aimed to be achieved:

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To promote social inclusion

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To promote social inclusion, tolerance & non-discrimination in schools through an innovative whole school approach known as the Quiet Time based on Transcendental Meditation programme for schools.

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TO DISSEMINATE AND SCALE-UP OUR GOOD PRACTICE

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To disseminate and scale-up on a wider European scale the chosen innovative good practice in 5 countries (Portugal, Italy, Belgium, UK and Spain), targeting schools and non-formal education institutions with minority students and those with disadvantaged or with a migrant background.

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ESTABLISHING SOLID EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE QUIET TIME/TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION

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Establishing solid evidence-based Policy Recommendations on the Quiet Time/TM programme implementation to support policy reform in the continuous improvement of the education systems across Europe

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To foster the role of Education

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To foster the role of the Education, Training and Youth systems in Europe in promoting intercultural understanding, social cohesion, and mutual respect in societies and preventing discrimination, violence and radicalisation

What is Quiet Time with the Transcendental Meditation® programme for schools (QT/TMP)?

Quiet Time with the Transcendental Meditation programme consists in adding for a few minutes at the beginning and at the end of the school day the twice-daily practice of a simple, scientifically documented psycho-physiological technique Transcendental Meditation that has been found to be effective for the development of brain functioning, cognitive performance, personality integration, and positive social behaviour. During the Quiet Time period students, who volunteer and whose parents approve, practice the Transcendental Meditation technique while others are engaged in non-academic activities such as quiet reading or rest.

News

2° Face to face dissemination meeting in Lisbon

Are you involved or interested in education and inclusion? Would you like to know more about a special programme that improves social relations in schools, fostering social inclusion? Come to our 2nd FACE TO FACE DISSEMINATION MEETING that will be held in Lisbon on...

1° Free Seminar of the FRIENDS project

The 1° Free Seminar of the FRIENDS project will be held on Thursday the 9th of May in Lisbon! The FRIENDS Seminar of the 9th of May entitled “EDUCATION FOR INCLUSION THROUGH QUIET TIME/TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION” will start at 2:00 p.m. and will be held at the...

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