Many (urban) areas in Europe suffer from structural inequalities and/or often dysfunctional integration policies. The resulting tensions have intensified the fear of difference. The erosion of trust particularly affects strongly migrant communities and the schools within them. How can schools and the communities surrounding them engage in the kind of sustained dialogue, integration and peacebuilding that is so urgently needed?


Over the past years, we noticed that traditional approaches to peace education seemed to fall short of proposing adequate strategies.

In an attempt to support schools to engage in sustained dialogue with the broader school community so as to improve the wellbeing of pupils, the climate in the schools and living-together in the wider community, a consortium of six partners brought together by the Evens Foundation launched Learning Communities for Peace.


This European project, funded by Erasmus+, aims to support primary schools to build their own unique peacebuilding strategy and become hubs for peace within their community. The project was launched in November 2016, with the first partners meeting in Sweden.

The operational work to identify, develop, test and evaluate Learning Communities for Peace strategies, steered by 5 primary schools in Croatia, Greece, Sweden and the UK in close collaboration with the partners, forms the core of the project. This phase, which lasts until June 2018, is being monitored by researchers from the University of Cambridge.

After this experience the partners will work together to develop a set of intellectual outputs to share the project experience with policymakers and other primary schools that have an interest in working with the broader school community.


The six partners involved in the project offer a combination of experience in peace education and community-building strategies, and in research/higher education and practice.

April 24, 2019

Multiplier event in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The story of a European school development project with a participatory approach

24 April 2019 15.00-17.00 o’clock. Faculty of Education, University of Gothenburg.

A primary school in Alingsås participated in the European project “L...

April 23, 2019

All staff event at Nolbyskolan in Alingsås, Sweden, April 23rd 2019.

To strengthen the school community all staff was invited to reflect on and be informed about the success of their work within the LCP- project. Together they had participated in the yearlong LCP proces...

April 5, 2019

Presenter: Ilse Hakvoort for the LCP-project

Thematic Conference on Active Citizenship and Democracy

Organised by the Swedish Council for Higher Education

Date: Friday April 5th 2019, Stockholm

The Swedish national Agency invited representatives of several ERASMUS+ strateg...

March 31, 2019

The Future of Schools in Diverse and Changing Communities – Seminar 15th May 2019

Venue: Faculty of Education, Cambridge University, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PQ

You can see the seminar agenda here:

November 21, 2018

Our fourth partners meeting took place in the UK, 20-21 November 2018. We were at the beautiful Conference centre in Hertfordshire and visited the Cambridge campus. Our host this time was ARC-resolutions Ltd.

Partners finished their work with the schools and are about t...

May 15, 2018

In the final phase the partners will be collecting and disseminating learnings from the different pilot experiences.

Based on the conclusions of the different action researches and the impact evaluation carried out by the University of Cambridge, the partners will trans...

March 17, 2018

The third partners meeting took place in Athens, 16-17 March 2018 and was hosted by Place Identity GR-Clusters. The partners who are working with schools (Croatia, Greece, Sweden and the UK) presented the successes and challenges they have been facing. The stories were...

March 13, 2018

A number of European partners,working together in order to develop and tests a series of methodologies to transform schools into hubs for peace within their communities, aiming to encourage a structural and sustainable change, with egalitarian participation of all the...

March 7, 2018


Teachers and parents are discussing together for the peacefull co-existance and co-operation inside our schools.

March 7, 2018

7th Primary School of Ilion, Athens, Greece

December 10, 2017

The EU faces a complex of crises – an influx of refugees, and threats from terrorism and radicalisation. At the same time, many urban areas suffer from structural inequalities and often dysfunctional integration policies. The resulting tensions have intensified the fea...

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2016 - 2019 Learning Communities for Peace project. Graphics by Designature.