About us

CESIE is a European centre of studies and initiatives established in 2001, inspired by the work and theories of sociologist Danilo Dolci (1924-1997).

Our Mission

To promote educational innovation, participation and growth.

Our Vision

The world is only one creature.

The World is a pomegranate

CESIE’s pomegranate symbolises the ‘fruitful’ unity of people and groups growing together under the same peel. CESIE’s pomegranate grows on all types of grounds becoming for us symbol of prosperity in education.

CESIE breaks with an ethnocentric global drive and focuses on individuals and diversity.

Doing so, we apply the teaching of Danilo Dolci who developed innovative educational nonviolent methods (such as the “strike in reverse” –working without pay- through which individuals initiated unauthorized public works projects, by and for the grass-roots in the ‘50 in Sicily).

CESIE’s world is upside-down!

Building on our experience and coherently to our story, we experience the possibility to overturn dynamics and approaches, aiming at a smarter and more sustainable worldwide future educational cooperation.

Our Activities are tailored for the following main target groups:

Topic

Target

Organisational structure

CESIE’s head office is located in the city centre of Palermo, plus our other offices in the World: India, Nepal and Senegal, and is divided into six units that work together in synergy on:

CESIE is accredited by the Region of Sicily for Orientation of Vocational Education and Training, with macro-typology of Higher Education and lifelong learning (LLL) for “development, introduction and implementation of reforms in education and training to increase integration and develop employability”, and therefore eligible as accreditation, certification and/or qualification body.

Our projects are co-funded by:

Work programme 2014 - 2020

At European and International level

EC DG EAC

Erasmus+

Key Action 1 –  Learning Mobility of Individuals

  • Mobility project for VET learners and staff [hosting]
  • Mobility project for ADULT education staff [hosting]
  • Mobility project for SCHOOL education staff [hosting]
  • Mobility project for young people and YOUTH WORKERS:
    1. European Voluntary Service – short and long [hosting & sending]
    2. Training courses and seminars [hosting & sending]
    3. Youth exchanges [sending]

Key Action 2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

  • Strategic Partnerships:
    • Youth
    • Adult Education
    • School
    • Vocational Education and Training
  • Capacity Building YOUTH
  • European voluntary service with Partner Countries – short and long [hosting & sending]
  • Youth exchanges with Partner Countries [hosting & sending]
  • Mobility of youth workers with Partner Countries [hosting & sending]
  • Sector Skills Alliances
  • Knowledge Alliances

Key Action 3 – Support for policy reform

Prospective Initiatives

  • Forward-Looking Cooperation Projects: EDUCATION and TRAINING
  • Forward-Looking Cooperation Projects: YOUTH
  • Structured Dialogue: meetings between young people and decision-makers in the field of youth

Sport

  • Support to Collaborative Partnerships

Creative Europe

EC DG RTD

HORIZON 2020

  • Societal Challenges – Energy Efficiency – Market Uptake
  • Science with and for Society – Fostering RRI uptake in current research and innovations systems

EC DG DEVCO

EC DG GROWTH

EC DG ELARG

EC DG JUST

Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020)

EC DG HOME

EC DG EMPL

Anna-Lindh Foundation

Open Society Foundation (OSF)

At local level

Fondazione CON IL SUD

 

Region of Sicily – “Giovani protagonisti del sé e del territorio (CreAZIONI giovani)”

Department for Youth and National Civil Service

Never Alone, a program supported by Fondazione Cariplo, Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione CON IL SUD, Enel Cuore, Fondazione CRT, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cuneo, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena, within the framework of the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM)​

MIUR – Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca – Piano nazionale per la prevenzione della dispersione scolastica

Activity Reports:

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