The project was created out of the need to implement Restorative Practices within schools in a more sustainable way. Students and teachers work best in an environment in which they feel safe, supported and accepted. In addition, environments that have strong school climates foster the social, emotional, and academic well-being of all students. A healthy community with strong relationships is a conditio sine qua non for schools that want to tackle today and tomorrow’s challenges in an innovative and sustainable way. Restorative approaches give people more voice, more choice and more responsibility, realizing a shift in the organizational culture, as demonstrated by growing evidence of positive outcomes from restorative programmes in schools, such as reduced exclusion rates and incidents of bullying, improved learning outcomes etc.
The project was implemented from 01-09-2017 until 31-08-2020 in UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Malta and Romania. The Coordinator of the project was Ligand (based in Belgium) and the consortium consisted of International Institute for Restorative Practices, Le Souffle, Mairie de Lille, CRESM – Centro Ricerche Economiche e Sociali per il Meridione, ASOCIATIA DE DEZVOLTARE INTERCOMUNITARA ZONA METROPOLITANA – CLUJ and Eigen Kracht Centrale. It was a three-year Erasmus+ project granted by the European Commission.