CESIE is a non-profit, apolitical, and secular non-governmental organisation with member organizations in more than eight European countries. It was established in 2001, inspired by the work and theories of the pacifist Danilo Dolci (1924-1997). Our status as a European NGO is recognized by the European Commission.
CESIE links local, national and international contexts and is committed to stimulating development and change in educational, economic and cultural spheres through the creation and use of innovative tools and methods.
The organisation is divided into five departments which work together and manage activities in their specific fields: European Cooperation, International Cooperation, Mobility, Socio-cultural Promotion and Higher Education and Research.
The head office can be found in the city centre of Palermo with other offices in India, Nepal and Senegal.
CESIE coordinates the CESIE Network which is composed of 100+ organizations throughout the world who share our mission and collaborate with us.
CESIE staff is composed of 35 people at the coordinating office, located in Palermo, and a staff person for each international seat. The team has an international character being composed not only by Sicilians, but also from the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Serbia, Moldova, Lithuania, Greece, Bulgaria, etc. CESIE is therefore considered to be a very concrete and positive example of European values. Moreover, the staff is characterized by a great diversity of profiles, skills and qualifications but united by a deep sharing of ideals that lead our activities.
At the same time, CESIE relies on about fifty external experts that collaborate for specific activities in our offices. Equally important is the contribution from the dozens of interns and volunteers engaged in short and long-term internships at our organization.
Working Methods – CESIE constantly promotes the development of new methods making a bridge between research and knowledge.
CESIE applies to concept of active learning to all its work. This implies that:
Each individual is valued and his skills, knowledge and experiences are shared with others;
The learning process/context is carefully structured in order to promote a strong collaboration between people which stimulates creativity.
CESIE is private entity that has a regulatory function for education and training systems.
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”. According to Italian law the VET centres recognised by autonomous regions (educational departments) are Institutions responsible for qualification and certification.

Contact person: Francesca Vacanti
Email: francesca.vacanti@cesie.org

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