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 centres for children, teenagers and youngsters; artistic and cultural activities within social programs; holidays and spare time centres; international exchanges; workshops outside compulsory education; ecological and environmental education; exchanges with universities; national and international meetings and seminars; publishing activities (bulletins, books, reviews…).
THE KEY WORDS OF OUR WORK.
– NON FORMAL EDUCATION
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.’
– LEARNING MOBILITY
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. 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
– ACTIVE METHODOLOGY
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. 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 Centres 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 for youngsters, adult education…
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.