Building Coalitions: Schools and Communities

Learning Communities for Peace initiated by the Evens Foundation as part of Building Coalitions, was conceived as a European project involving different partners working alongside each other in different realities sharing the same overall goal, improving relationships and bolstering togetherness within school communities in a participatory way.

With this project the partners wanted to experiment and examine an alternative, bottom-up approach to foster inclusion and social cohesion adapted to different European realities, building on the wisdom present in the (wider) school community. In doing so, they wanted to examine their assumptions, understand whether and under which circumstances this way of working is feasible, realistic and efficient, how it relates to the teaching/learning processes and what is transferable.

The essence of the project lay in the assumption of each setting’s uniqueness and in the belief that ownership is crucial. This implied that there are no ready-made strategies, tools, methods that can be implemented as such to achieve the overall project goal. It also meant that the overall goal had to be redefined locally to correspond to the lived reality in each setting.

The project was launched in November 2016, with the first partners’ meeting in Sweden, and lasted until 31 of August 2019. The operational work, steered by 5 primary schools in Croatia, Greece, Sweden, and the UK in close collaboration with the partners, formed the core of the project. This phase, which lasted a school year on average, was monitored by researchers from the University of Cambridge.

To share the project experience and the tools we developed with policymakers and other schools that have an interest in becoming a Learning Community for Peace, the partners launched www.lcpeace.eu.

This project was co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and the Evens Foundation.
https://www.lcpeace.eu/

Learning Communities for Peace initiated by the Evens Foundation as part of Building Coalitions, was conceived as a European project involving different partners working alongside each other in different realities sharing the same overall goal, improving relationships and bolstering togetherness within school communities in a participatory way.

With this project the partners wanted to experiment and examine an alternative, bottom-up approach to foster inclusion and social cohesion adapted to different European realities, building on the wisdom present in the (wider) school community. In doing so, they wanted to examine their assumptions, understand whether and under which circumstances this way of working is feasible, realistic and efficient, how it relates to the teaching/learning processes and what is transferable.

The essence of the project lay in the assumption of each setting’s uniqueness and in the belief that ownership is crucial. This implied that there are no ready-made strategies, tools, methods that can be implemented as such to achieve the overall project goal. It also meant that the overall goal had to be redefined locally to correspond to the lived reality in each setting.

The project was launched in November 2016, with the first partners’ meeting in Sweden, and lasted until 31 of August 2019. The operational work, steered by 5 primary schools in Croatia, Greece, Sweden, and the UK in close collaboration with the partners, formed the core of the project. This phase, which lasted a school year on average, was monitored by researchers from the University of Cambridge.

To share the project experience and the tools we developed with policymakers and other schools that have an interest in becoming a Learning Community for Peace, the partners launched www.lcpeace.eu.

This project was co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and the Evens Foundation.
https://www.lcpeace.eu/

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The Evens Foundation hosts School Communities in Action, a European exchange seminar in Brussels on 26 August 2019.