Happiness, Optimism, Positivity and Ethos in schools

ERASMUS + 2016-1-CY01-KA201-017354


HOPEs (Happiness, Optimism, Positivity and Ethos in schools) project was funded by the European Commission under the ERASMUS+ program KA2 – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices (Strategic Partnerships for school education). The project was launched in September 2016 with 24 months duration and is implemented in five EU countries (Cyprus , Greece , Ireland, Malta and Portugal).

HOPEs aims at improving primary school teachers’ skills by using innovative and learner-centered educational approaches that focus on students’ character development. Strengthening teachers’ ability to positively interact and influence students’ behaviour and competences will result in more effective and meaningful education in schools. An innovative educational program was developed during the two years of the project’s implementation that was based on the theoretical framework of positive psychology and character education.


  • Francisco Peixoto (ISPA Team Coordinator)
  • José Castro Silva
  • Lourdes Mata
  • Maria João Gouveia
  • Patrícia Pacheco

Resources & Materials


Booklet containing a lesson example of each module


Curriculum framing the implementation of the activities

Teacher Guide

Teacher guide including activities and resources


Student Handbook

Hand-on activities and sheets