The project “systemic UPscaling of Peace Education pRactices – UPPER”, aims at bringing the values of peace, intercultural dialogue and civic participation to the core of educational policies and school practices with the objective of producing significant improvements in learning life skills for youngsters living in Europe.
The project, which falls within the framework of the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union, has been developed by a partnership coordinated by the Fondation des Régions Européennes pour la Recherche, l’Éducation et la Formation (FREREF) which includes the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE), the Ministry of Education and Employment of Malta (MEDE), the European School Heads Association (ESHA) and the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL).
The project proposes an analytical review of good practices on peace education worldwide, suggesting a comparative approach for public policies and good practices at school level and promotes the establishment of the “Education inspiring peace Lab”, a permanent international laboratory in Sanremo (Italy) to enhance research, policy collaboration and cross-country uptake and mainstreaming of good practice elements. The main objectives of UPPER are:
- the development, the analysis and the evaluation of scaling up the potential of identified “good practices”;
- the organization of data and narratives based on the good practices selected;
- the piloting and evaluation of different sets of combined good practice elements in twenty schools;
- the proposal of self-assessment and benchmarking tools freely accessible to all interested schools;
- the mobilization of education stakeholders and the digital media world in a converging effort to innovate education towards a “dialogue society for peace”;
- the promotion of synergies with similar initiatives;
- the establishment of a permanent laboratory on transferability of good practices in Sanremo (Italy).