The FRIENDS project saw further advancement with the second Partners Meeting which took place in Brussels on November 30th 2018. On this occasion, partners met at the headquarters of Maharishi Institute of Vedic Science in Brussels to discuss the next steps of implementation and evaluation of the project.
FRIENDS allows schools and other non-formal educational institutions in Europe to implement the innovative whole-school approach known as the Quiet Time based on the Transcendental Meditation programme. No changes in educational curricula are required other than adding twice-daily breaks for the practice of a simple, scientifically documented psycho-physiological technique, Transcendental Meditation, which has been found to be effective for the development of brain functioning and cognitive performance, promoting social inclusion and positive social behaviour.
Students who volunteer and whose parents approve, practise the Transcendental Meditation programme during the Quiet Time periods. Their levels of academic and personal satisfaction are evaluated alongside those of other school members (such as teachers and school principals) who, in the course of the FRIENDS project, have learned and practise Transcendental Meditation.
During the previous meeting all partners had the opportunity to discuss the first phase of project implementation. Newly obtained data and information were shared among the national networks, making a basis for the creation of local learning communities at national level in each country and making key relevant stakeholders acquainted with the Quiet Time/TM approach within schools.
Local learning communities and online communities were also one of the main topics of the first FRIENDS Face to Face Meeting held on November 29th 2018 at the Royal Library of Belgium.
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This introductory meeting gave schools interested in the implementation of the technique the chance to meet other schools already involved in the project. The channels and tools of dissemination that had been established were shared with interested stakeholders at grass-root level to explore and multiply the potentiality of the TM-based Quiet Time approach for social inclusion in schools and in non-formal educational institutions.
Partners agreed to hold the next (3rd) Transnational Meeting in May 2019 in Portugal, organised by Cooperativa Cultural Ciencia e Tecnologia Vedica Maharishi – CCCTVM.
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For further information
- Read more about FRIENDS
- Visit the FRIENDS website
- Follow us on the FRIENDS Facebook page
- For general enquiries, please contact: email@example.com
Quiet Time /TM Implementation coordinators contacts:
- For UK: Richard Johnson – firstname.lastname@example.org
- For Portugal: Paulo Cortereal – email@example.com
- For Belgium: Claudio Scubla – firstname.lastname@example.org
- For Italy: Rossano Maset – email@example.com
- For other countries: Mirta Castellaro – firstname.lastname@example.org
About the project
FRIENDS: Fostering Resilience-Inclusive Education & Non-Discrimination in Schools is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme under the Key Action 3 Support for policy reforms – Social inclusion through education, training and youth.
The project partnership holds together:
- Coordinator: Fondazione Hallgarten Franchetti – Centro Studi Villa Montesca (Italy)
- Universidade do Algarve(Portugal)
- ALMA MATER STUDIORUM – Università di Bologna(Italy)
- CESIE (Italy)
- Escola Secundária de Loulé(Portugal)
- Municipality of Sacile – Pordenone(Italy)
- Maharishi School Trust Limited(United Kingdom)
- Maharishi Foundation(United Kingdom)
- APEJAA – Associacao de Pais e Encarregados de Educação da Escola Joao Afonsode Aveiro(Portugal)
- Cooperativa Cultural Ciencia e Tecnologia Vedica Maharishi – CCCT(Portugal)
- Associazione Meditazione Trascendentale Maharishi Italia(Italy)
- Civic Association for Communication and Education “Sophia”- ACCESOPHIA (Spain)
- Maharishi Institute of Vedic Science(Belgium)