Cemea del Mezzogiorno


 Rome, Italy



CEMEA del Mezzogiorno is an ONLUS (not for profit organization of social utility) placed in Rome and its action deals with disadvantaged young people, the promotion of non formal education through training, the development of local communities and active citizenships. In its initiatives CEMEA del Mezzogiorno involves children, teenagers, parents and teachers through play and recreational activities, which are main tools of its work. Our main activities in Italy can be summed up in: training stages for educators, teachers, animators; educative centers for children, teenagers and youngsters; artistic and cultural activities within social programs; holidays and spare time centers; international exchanges; workshops outside compulsory education; ecological and environmental
education; exchanges with universities; national and international meetings and seminars; publishing activities (bulletins, books, reviews…).

Quoting from the definition of UNESCO from 1997 Non Formal Education can be defined as ‘any organized and sustained educational activities that do not correspond exactly to the definition of formal education. Non-Formal education may therefore take place both within and outside educational institutions, and cater to people of all ages. Depending on the country contexts, it may cover educational programs to impart adult literacy, basic education, for out-of-school children, life-skills, work-skills, and general culture. Non-formal education programs do not necessarily follow the “ladder” system and may have differing durations, and may or may not confer certification of the learning achieved.’

A learning process lived during an experience abroad, only apparently is aimed to mainly knowing the other (a person or a hosting society). In reality the intercultural process enables the cultural identity to develop, increasing self awareness and auto determination, working as a catalyst of knowledge and curiosity towards everything is different. These are fundamental bases for an
active citizenship in an European context. The active methodology is so exploited to foster well being in all kinds of situation, good and bad, dimensions that are coexisting in an intercultural learning and are based on the confrontation with diversity. Learning through international mobility is therefore based on a growing process that takes into account a reality full of ups and downs, typical of an
intercultural pathway.

The training activity is based on 3 key words that refer to the methodology we use: experience, reflection, action. Experience stands for the proposed activities that enable the participant to reflect on his/her own reaction, on his/her own way of relating to the others and to the theme the participant is dealing with.
The team of trainers helps the participant to abstract and to systemize the reflection in order to catch the elements of the learning process, to go deeper in the theme and in the intercultural experience that follows. The action exceeds the borders of the training course and it represents the conscious choices that the participant will make of what learned when similar
dynamics will come up again. The CEMEA’s working methodology is based on a non violent and confident learning environment where participants’ contributions and reactions are not judged and they become the subject of an attentive evaluation, listening, respect
and self-assessment.

The active methodology is based on learning by doing, experimenting situations or activities meant to encourage individual and group reflection, and the reflection of the individual within the group. In a process of human growth towards the increasing self-awareness, the active methodology allows the participants to learn about themselves. It is a process based on the interaction with the group through a continuous input and feedback exchange; the participant is thus not an ‘empty box’ using the training to get full of contents, but s/he assumes an active role for him/herself and for the other people involved. Every proposed activity (simulations, games, knowledge games, sharing in small groups…) aims mainly at building, together with the participants, an experience that can become an idea, a metaphorical bridge towards new activities and future experiences, keeping on growing and exploring. The active methodology refers to the development of the human being, as a process without a specific age span, as continue evolution, based on lifelong learning.

CEMEA promotes the respect of people diversities, believing in everyone’s desire to better one self. Making this opportunity accessible to each individual is CEMEA’s main aim.
CEMEA’s (Training Centers for Active Education Methods) educational activity, combined with the international learning opportunities offered by the European Union, support participation, intercultural approach, local dimension and active citizenship as basic elements for collective and individual actions.

We develop projects under the European programs:

  •  Youth in Action (International Youth Exchanges, European Voluntary Service, Training Courses, Youth Seminars and Networking)
  •  Leonardo da Vinci (Mobility and Learning partnership)
  •  Grundtvig (Learning partnership, Multilateral and Senior Volunteering)
  •  Europe for Citizens
  •  European Social Fund for Immigration
  •  European Social Fund

CEMEA del Mezzogiorno follows the meaning of Education for sustainable development (ESD) as stated by the UNESCO. ESD is not a particular programme or project, but is rather an umbrella for many forms of education that already exist, and new ones that remain to be created. ESD promotes efforts to rethink educational programmes and systems (both methods and contents). ESD affects all components of education: legislation, policy, finance, curriculum, instruction, learning, assessment, etc. ESD calls for lifelong learning and recognizes the fact that the educational needs of people change over their lifetime.
Following this principles CEMEA del Mezzogiorno is one of the partners in the OTESHA process, initiated by Pistes Solidaires in 2010. Starting with 2010, several international projects have been carried on:

  • OTESHA PROJECT: Multimeasure projects under the Youth in Action Program dealing with sustainable consumption (the International Youth exchange OTESHA TASTE), transports and sustainable urbanization (OTESHA RIDE TOUR 1 & 2, International Youth Exchanges) and active citizenship (OTESHA INFLUENCE, a transnational youth initiative)
  • TRASH PROJECT #1: an International Youth exchange about waste and creative recycling, held in Lisbon in 2011, to which had followed a TRASHproject #2 in Sabadell (Spain) and a TRASHproject #3 organized in Italy by CEMEA del Mezzogiorno.
  • O.P.E.N. (OTESHA PAN EUROPEAN NETWORK): a LONG TERM TRAINING COURSE about education for sustainable development aiming to support the multiplication of educational tools on ESD that will establish and reinforce an European network of 7 associations involved in the field.

EU’GO project is a part of the OTESHA process and an evolution of it.

CEMEA del Mezzogiorno
Via Fortebraccio, 1a – 00176 ROMA (RM)
Phone: 0039 06 45492629 Fax: 0039 06 45493375
Email: info@cemea.it; eugo@cemea.eu