FRIENDS Final Conference – Part 1 & 2 – 4th December 2019
On the 4th of December 2019, the FRIENDS project Final Conference: “Promoting Inclusive Education through Wellbeing” An innovative approach to promote social inclusion, equality and non-discrimination in the learning environment - The Quiet Time with Transcendental Meditation programme in Education, took place in Brussels at the Royal Library, with the active participations of about 130 people, including, also as speakers, principals, teachers, students and parents.
One Representative from the National Ministry of Education Directorate General for Education (DGE), Monitoring Team and Curriculum Development (Portugal), participated as speaker presenting: “How to make possible innovation in a public educational system: the case of Portugal”.
Other participants were policy makers at local and National level including European Commission representative, Municipalities representatives, University professors (from Portugal, Italy, The Netherlands, Luxemburg, UK and India), Ngo, business sector, non – formal education representatives and TM providers, and all those interested in the Quiet Time with Transcendental Meditation approach and inclusive education, from more than 15 European countries including countries outside the project, such as Iceland, Denmark, Germany, France, The Netherland, India, South Africa, Luxembourg, Romania and Sweden.
The conference was followed by a networking buffet/event which was an occasion to exchange contacts and experiences between the different stakeholders and moderators of local learning communities participating. This has been the starting point for the further expansion of the project beyond the end of the project and also in new European countries.
D1.1 – Strategic Analysis: the status-quo
A strategical analysis is developed in order to frame the Quiet Time with Transcendental Meditation programme for its successful implementation, reaching a better understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and its effects in promoting social inclusion in the education systems on a wider European level.
D 5.5 – Overall conclusions, policy recommendations and lesson learned
This report covers the overall conclusions of the Evaluation. It includes: · Statistical analysis and discussion of the quantitative data collected as well as the application of Categorical Content Analysis for qualitative data collected. This part covers the results and discussion of: (a) the training of administrators, teachers and staff (e.g. anxiety and job satisfaction), (b) the training of students, and (c) the different surveys. · Recommendations for policy making · Lessons learned, conclusions of the Lessons Learned Log
D 6.9 – Policy recommendations
The project has developed a Policy Making Framework (PMF) for the introduction of the Quiet Time with Transcendental Meditation programme in schools on larger scale. This framework provides material and guidance for successful policy development, implementation, and follow-up. A set of policy recommendations are developed including the results from the evaluation with an emphasis on the enablers and barriers for scaled-up implementation. It further includes practical information for implementing the Quiet Time with Transcendental Meditation programme in schools on a wider scale.
D 7.1 – Support for policy reform
This report contains guidelines and recommendations for policy making, based on D5.5, as well as support to policy makers wanting to implement the Quiet Time with TM programme in the schools in their nations. They receive the tools necessary for policy reform and for further successful dissemination and exploitation.