Summary of activities in Portugal, Sweden and The Netherlands
The Quiet Time/Transcendental Meditation Programme (QT/TMP) adds a few minutes near the beginning and also the end of the school day the practice of a simple scientifically documented psycho‐physiological technology. This technology, the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique, is a non‐ sectarian, natural and effortless technique learned by millions of people of all religions, cultures, and educational levels. No changes to the curriculum content is required. Students who volunteer and whose parents approve, practice the TM technique during the Quiet Time period while other students may engage in a parallel non‐academic activity, such as quiet reading or rest.
In Portugal, Sweden and Netherland, about 300 principals, teachers and staff have been trained in the Transcendental Meditation Technique up to now, as a first step to implement the Quiet Time / TM Programme in the schools across Portugal, Netherlands and Sweden.
The project is receiving great support from parents. Through the activities of the parent association APEJAA, partner of the EUROPE project in Aveiro (PT), the training of 44 parents has been organized up to now and at the moment there are in all Portugal 9 clusters of schools interested in implementing the programme.
In the course of the EUROPE project, about 300 students (age 10 – 18) and about 170 (age 5 – 9) have been trained in the Transcendental Meditation Technique up to now, and 5 schools are implementing the Quiet Time /TM Programme in the participating countries.
At the beginning and at the end of the school day, students practice for 10/15 minutes the Transcendental Meditation Technique.
What PARENTS think about the Quiet Time / Transcendental Meditation Programme? Experiences from the student’s parents after the training course on Transcendental Meditation (TM).
Teachers and students experiences
Quiet Time with Transcendental Meditation Programme at school in Portugal
3rd Regional Meeting UNESCO
Presentation of the EUROPE project at the 3rd Regional Meeting of the UNESCO Associated Schools of Algarve, Portugal on January 24th 2018 – Faro
Presentation of QT/TMP in the National Meetings TEIP
The EUROPE project (P3 – P10) was invited on the 17th of February by DGE to present the QT|TMP at the National TEIP (Território Educativo de Intervenção Prioritária) Conference in Lisbon, as a tool to help schools that, due to their social and economic characteristics, face educational problems which urge for specific interventions. As a result of this presentation one school from Lisbon region already now started with the first steps of implementation of the QT/TM Programme.
Synergies with other National Programs in Portugal
Our implementing School is part of the National TEIP (Territorio Educativo de Intervenção Prioritária) program for difficult schools in Portugal. On the basis of the result of the EUROPE project, and under inspiration of the Ministry of education of Portugal, the principal and vice-principal of the school decided to introduce the QT/TM programme in the “Plano de Melhoria” of the school as an Action of the Multiyear Improvement Plan of the TEIP to help minimizing problems and to improve results. This will give visibility of the QT/TM programme at National level and every school in the TEIP will be also able to choose to adopt the QT/TMP as a tool in their ‘Plano de melhoria’
Interview from the National TV of Portugal (RTP1) about the EUROPE project
The project has drawn the attention of the press at National level. In June 2017 there has been an interview from the National TV of Portugal (RTP1) about the EUROPE project in school involving Professor Sergio Vieira of the University of Algarve (P3). After the interview was broadcasted in the National TV, other 3 schools contacted the University of Algarve with interest of starting the programme.
Final conference of the EUROPE project
The final EUROPE conference held on 29th November 2018, Brussels was attended by teachers, policy makers, educational authorities from all across Europe, representatives from the European Commission, and all those interested in the Quiet Time based on Transcendental Meditation programme, in education and in social inclusion. Teachers and school principals from Portugal, Sweden and the Netherlands talked about their experiences during the EUROPE project and scientific results from the EUROPE implementation were presented. Evaluation revealed that implementing the QT/TM approach within the school environment contributes to decreasing violence in schools and society and increasing tolerance and social inclusion by promoting students’ and teachers’ well-being.