ProLang: a web-portal for young people and adults in mobility, wishing to learn new languages

ProLangThe efforts to connect language course providers and potential learners are stronger and stronger as the project “ProLang – Promotion of less used European Languages to youth on the move” approaches its end. ProLang, a two-year multilateral project financed by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme – Key Activity 2, offers a web-portal as its main product.

What can you find on the ProLang Portal?

Short and interesting descriptions of 14 languages are available on the website: Bulgarian, Croatian, Greek, Icelandic, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish and Ukrainian languages are the object of articles written by mother tongues about their languages and their countries.

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SPACIT: the project products for Spatial Citizenship as focus of the final meeting in Palermo

SPACIT-Palermo-meeting-bigLast meeting of the SPACIT project was held at CESIE offices in Palermo, Italy, from the 7th to the 10th of October 2014. Nearly three years in the project lifecycle, partners from Austria (Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg), Belgium (EUROGEO), Turkey (Fatih University of Istanbul) and Germany (Goethe University of Frankfurt), met the Italian partner (CESIE) to discuss about the final activities and to design strategies for the sustainability of the project outputs.

Decisions were made as to which should be the main products to be supported beyond the lifespan of the project. Partners agreed that the following should be prioritized: the concept of Spatial Citizenship, the publications, the SPACIT competence model, the curriculum plan, the website and of course the main output, the SPACIT course for pre-service and in-service teachers and teacher trainers.

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Aperto il secondo bando per borse di studio AREAS+: mobilità accademica in Europa e Asia!

banner_areasThe AREAS+ Second Call for Applications for Scholarships for Academic Mobility in Europe and Asia is open from October 8th 2014 to December 16th 2014!

AREAS allows you to live an invaluable experience by undertaking a study or research period in Europe or in South east Asia. It is open to Undergraduate, Master, Doctorate students, Post-Doctorates and university Staff.

The project and the scholarships are financed by the European Commission through the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 – Strand 1 programme.

AREAS+ (Academic Relations between Europe and ASia) – an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 project funded by the European Commission and organized by a Partnership of some the most prestigious universities in Europe and these targeted South-Eastern Asian countries: Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Philippines, Vietnam.

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INSART: the artistic workshop has started!

INSART-artistic-workshop-italy_webThe artistic activities within the LLP Grundtvig-funded project INSART have begun this week.

The participants are young boys and girls from Italy or with a migrant origin, between 17 and 26 years of age. The workshop is held by dancer and trainer Soad Ibrahim and is allowing the youngsters to explore a new dimension, to increase their competences and to have fun while getting to know each other.

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Digging Deep – Last local event before going to Ghana!

diggingdeep-local-workshop_bigThe local community event of Digging Deep (DDEEP), an International project co-funded by the European Commission within the framework of Youth in Action programme, took place on Sunday 12th October. It was held during the market of organic fruits organized by CODIFAS (a consortium promoting and defensing the Sicilian agriculture) at the shared urban garden in Palermo.

The DDEEP Italian participants organized different workshops in which a numerous group of people had the opportunity to participate in. Under a sunny weather, feeling of summer rather than autumn, the final local event started with a vertical gardening workshop.

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EU Anti trafficking Day

giornata-antitrattaTrafficking in human beings is still one of today’s most serious crimes. This 18th of October the EU celebrates its 8th EU Anti Trafficking Day, to raise awareness against this modern day slavery.

In Palermo, the local anti trafficking network and the City council, in cooperation with the NGO CISS and with CESIE, are organizing several events.  First and foremost, Isoke Aikpitanyi, a former victim of trafficking in human beings, will be conferred honorary citizenship by the mayor of Palermo. This event will take place on Saturday 18th of October at 10.30 a.m. in Piazza Pretoria. This will then be followed by a demonstration to commemorate all victims of trafficking, especially those who have lost their lives in Italy. At 7 p.m. on the same day, at the NGO “Santa Chiara”, a party will be held with food from Italy and other parts of the world, as well as with video clips on the issue of trafficking. For the full programme of the day and of other events foreseen for the following week, please refer to the programme hereunder.

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Fraternity between India e Pakistan: a struggle for protecting children’s right to study

premio-nobile-paceThe Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded to the Pakistani young activist Malala Yousafzai and the Indian elder children’s rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi. In this occasion, in accordance with its own aims and mission of spreading peace principles in the world, CESIE wants to express how important it is to spread their action.

In compliance with the Alfred Nobel criteria for the Nobel Peace Prize, the struggle against suppression and the fight for the rights of children strongly sustain the building of “fraternity among nations”.

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EVS: sport, wellbeing and interculturalism

sve-sport-benessereAre you a sportsman? Do you like playing sports and not only watch athletes on television? Are you interested in healthy lifestyle? CESIE has the right project for you!

We are looking for an Italian volunteer aged between 18 and 30 years old interested in sport and healthy lifestyle for joining the project Find and practice the sports which fit you the best. It is an EVS project focused on sport for improving physical and mental wellbeing. The hosting organization, Clubul Sportiv Experienta Multisport, promotes and organizes a wide range of individual and team sports (running, swimming and cycling, marathon, triathlon) and related activities (seminars, training courses, conferences).

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So Act II: EVS takes you to the circus!

sve-circo-webAre you fascinated by the circus? You’ve always been attracted by clowns, jugglers and acrobats?

CESIE offers you the opportunity to meet this wonderful world! We are looking for an italian volunteer to take part in a European Voluntary Service project in a circus school in France, in Sollies-Pont, a small town about 16 km away from Toulon, in the department of Var.

The school “Pitreries” was founded in 1997 and has about 400 students aged 3 to 45 years attending classes in several circus disciplines during the school year and participating in internships to discover and improve the arts of circus.

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Jelena tells us Palermo: a ProActive Learning Environment

jelena mazajI am Jelena Mazaj.

I’m the Head of the International Programme Group at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU). I have spent the last 6 months of my life discovering Palermo. You may ask yourselves: how did it happen? Well, I will now go back to the start when this story began.

It started in 2006. At that time I was finishing my Erasmus exchange in Portugal. Thanks to that adventure, I understood, I was falling in love with this EU programme and its experience, which helped me to became aware of some of my strongest personal skills such as intercultural communication and ability to work in a foreign environment. During those months I also met a new ME: a young woman full of problem solving skills, with an international portfolio, and open to different lifestyles!

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