The Fair School project is an Erasmus+ funded project, which aims to develop a set of innovative tools for secondary schools across Europe, to assist these schools in (further) becoming fair, tolerant and inclusive places, especially those schools which are seeing increased cultural, ethnical as well as religious diversity. It runs from October 2020 until March 2022.
The projects’ outputs are aimed at teachers, students, parents as well as non-teaching staff, and are primarily based on so-called restorative practice. Restorative practices promote inclusiveness, relationship-building and problem-solving, to deal more constructively with differences, as well as offer longer lasting ways in dealing with conflicts. It is a whole system approach, where all stakeholders have a role in keeping the school a safe and inclusive place. Moreover, it offers competences to students and teachers, that have also great value outside the school, and in later life.
The primary aim of the project is to create inclusive and safe schools, but indirectly more inclusive and safe societies. Particularly, in the secondary schools, the behaviours of social rejection are of high occurrence and have an enormous impact on the further life of the students. Adolescents spend most of their time at school and ought to establish positive peer relations, which forms a key aspect of integration. The rejection of youngsters by their peers may impede their further integration in the society, often leading to consequences beyond education such as exclusion, bullying, hate speech, perception of inequality and even violent behaviour.
The project will, among others, provide the following outputs:
The project has been recently rewarded funding and will run until the first half of 2023. During the first part of 2021 the projects’ website should be operational, with more detailed information on the project.