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Organization: CEIPES - Centro Internazionale per la Promozione dell'Educazione e lo Sviluppo
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Postal address of organization/institution

Via G. La Farina 21 - 90141 Palermo

E-mail address of organization/institution


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Telephone of organization/institution

+39 091 7848236

PRIORITIES: All of the organization's domains of culture of peace activity


TOP PRIORITY: The organization's most important culture of peace activity


PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

We have partnerships with several organisations in Europe and in other continents (Nepal, Uruguay, Ghana, Brasil...)
We are part of the Anna Lindh Foundation network and the Euro-Med platform andwe are waiting for the deadline to become partners of the UNOY network.

ACTIONS: What activities have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the ten years of the Decade? If you already made a report in 2005, your information from 2005 will be included in the 2010 report.


21 September – 31 October 2009
National and Regional Training Courses, European Youth Foundation, Council of Europe:
The course involved 24 participants from Italy, mainly Palermo province. The main objectives of the course were: To introduce teachers and youth workers to Compass and non-formal education; To facilitate the learning of methods and attitudes that are coherent with non-formal education and human rights education; To facilitate the acquisition of competencies necessary to carry on HRE activities in a non-formal way and using Compass; To introduce specific activities of Compass about the HR of immigrants, refugees and Roma, using those as a tool to understand the principles behind the activities; To develop follow-up activities with participants; To create a network between participants in order to facilitate their keeping in touch as well as the mutual support in the post-course phase (follow-up moment). The main activities of the course were the on-line modules and the in-presence modules. The final products of the course were: training tools, blog, new projects and a video.

Directly and indirectly more than 200 teachers, youth workers and stakeholders from the sector were involved in this activity.


17 – 19 September 2009
Anna Lindh Foundation, in the framework of the Rebuild Bridges, Restore Trust:
The activities main goal is to foster understanding of cultural diversity and this way to promote intercultural dialogue and human-social values in people of the Euro-Med region.
The main targets of the activities are youth, children and their families and immigrants from the Euro-Med region. The forecast activities are: assembling a geographical puzzle of the Euro-Med area; a film festival on human rights, women and immigration in the Euro-Med region; ethnic music festival with music from the Mediterranean. Further transversal activities will be interviews on the road with the purpose to understand the impact and the vision of the Israel and Palestinian conflicts in the local population. As part of the entire project it will be build a big symbolic bridge on cardboard that will constitute the background of the whole project activities. The final product of the project will be a video.

Direct target (people that directly participated in the Festival):
Children – 50; Young people – 850; Immigrants – 100; Adults – 200
Indirect target (people which received the information about the Festival even if they did not participated directly).
1000 (social networks, mailing lists of the organisations involved, websites, poster and invitations).


3 – 10 July 2009
Youth in Action Programme:
The project has as its main themes active democratic participation, citizenship and European values and human and social. European partners involved are: Spain, Poland, Estonia, Turkey and Italy. Recipients of the project are 5 leader and 25 youth from the partner countries. The project aims to increase the participation of local community and encourage discussion about active participation, democracy and peace.
Direct and indirect more than 750 youth and stakeholder from youth sector are involved in this activity.


July – December 2009
European Youth Foundation, Council of Europe:
Main objectives of the project were: to understand what the young people know and think of the active participation of youth in Europe, to support and encourage young people to participate and intervene in all levels of social and political life, given the tools to increase the personal skills. The campaign is divided into 2 stages: 1) an information campaign to educate, inspire curiosity and awareness among young people in the European participation, 2) a laboratory of creative works of art. European partners involved are: Italy, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey.

Direct and indirect more than 500 youth and stakeholder from youth sector are involved in this activity.


Enhancement Of Social Inclusion Of People With Disabilities:
The project DIDO (Disabled Information Desk Online) is promoted by the European Commission and has as main objectives to promote the integration of disabled youth people in society and increase access to information and economic opportunities for persons with disabilities. European partners involved are: Turkey, Czech Republic and Italy.

Direct and indirect more than 1000 adults and stakeholder from sector are involved in this activity.

PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the second half of the Decade?

We can see the progress done in our activities and within the groups we work with. On our experience it’s obvious that non-formal education in it diverse forms (exchanges between youth from diverse countries, thematic workshops, training courses, etc) have an impact in participants and they benefit from it. This way we can say that youth people and adults which participate in our activities feels the impact in diverse ways:
- increased awareness of reality and increased critical thinking
- new intercultural awareness and skills
- increased participation in society
- development of new values-attitudes (solidarity, social responsibility, respect for diversity, etc)
- increased awareness of human rights
- And others...

OBSTACLES: Has your organization faced any obstacles to implementing the culture of peace and nonviolence? If so, what were they?

The main obstacles we would like to describe are those of economical level. We have the feeling (is the reality also) that no one is interested to contribute to the work NGO are doing. It seems always a second importance thing. It is generally impossible to get co-funding for our projects but we are lucky that we can work with European Commission funds. We know other organisations have even more difficulties than us.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization in the short, medium and long term to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence?

CEIPES has in course an international project called “Culture of peace in youth people’s view” and we also plan to do other projects in the fields of culture of peace. We plan to send volunteers from Palermo to other countries in the world, we encourage volunteering inside our organisation, we plan to do a course about fight against poverty, we have just opened a centre for Human Rights Education (http://sites.google.com/a/ceipes.org/compas/) that foresees to spread HRE at local and regional level, and much more! We are very active and we work really hard in order to make things happen and to change society.

GLOBAL MOVEMENT: How do you think the culture of peace and nonviolence could be strengthened and supported at the world level??

We think there is a need for evident and direct support from the national governments and from the local authorities. This way we can broad the impact and make visible the need to change the culture we live in. It would be also necessary to facilitate training to NGO staff in order they can improve their competences and this way broaden the impact of their work. Finally we think schools are the perfect place to work on these issues so we think it should be developed a great campaign to make schools adhere and work with their students, also involving NGO to strengthen their fundamental role in the process. Also an international network to which all organisations, institutions and schools can adhere to show that we are a lot and to increase our capacity.
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