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Learning Communities for Peace (EU)

Summary – The Learning Communities for Peace (LCP) project is a European Union initiative, setup under the Erasmus+ programme.  The project is delivered between October 2016 to June 2019, with a focus on developing peace building initiatives in primary schools, in conjunction with European Partners.

Project Objective – the project sets out to support schools to autonomously develop peace building initiatives within their local communities, adopted from Communities of Practice (Wenger, McDermott and Snyder, 2002).  The focus of the research will be schools with high intakes of migratory students from war zones.  The process (the story of how you completed the project) will be as important as the final objective.

Project Partners – The University of Gothenburg is the supervisory body for the project.   Under their management four partners have been chosen to deliver the project in four EU countries (UK – arc; Sweden – University of Gothenburg; Greece – Place Identity GR Clusters; Croatia – Centar za mir Osiek).  Support will also be given to the project by the Evens Foundation (Belgium), Cambridge University (Data Collection & Evaluation) and the University of Barcelona (CREA).

Project Methodology – In the first phase, baseline data will be collected from the school selected for the project, in the format of visual voice surveys (Cremin et al 2010) and questionnaires.  Schools will then link with community stakeholders to develop bespoke peace building strategies and initiatives.  ARC facilitators will facilitate autonomous school and community partner peace building, to achieve their unique objectives.

Project Timescale and Budget – the project will be delivered over two years (2017-9), focusing on one primary school in each partner country and will be broken into three phases:

  • Year 1 – Selection of school and collection of baseline data (Feb- Sept 2017).
  • Year 2 – Partner support school(s) involved in the project (Sept 2017 -June 2018).
  • Year 3 – Collection of data, analysis and publication of results (June 2018-June 2019).

The project budget, funded by the EU, is 191,091 euro.

Project Outputs – The project will collect, analyse and publish its results as a set of intellectual outputs:

  • An on-line toolkit for schools and communities, used to develop peace building strategies.
  • International Circulation of project and evaluation reports.
  • National and international workshops to share the peace building strategies, developed by the project, with other schools.

The Schools.

  • UK – St Johns School and Raventhorpe Primary School, Peterborough
  • Sweden – Nolbyskolan, Alingsas
  • Greece – Adamantios Korais, Atena
  • Croatia – Osnovna skola, IG Kovacica Vrbovsko
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