CESIE is a non-governmental organisation, established in 2001, inspired by the work and theories of the Italian sociologist Danilo Dolci (1924-1997). CESIE contributes to the active participation of people, civil societies and institutions through the implementation of projects on various thematic areas, towards the promotion of growth and development, always valuing diversity in the respect of ethics and human development.

Our MISSION is to promote growth through innovative and participative educational approaches.

Our objectives:

- To improve lifelong education in Europe through transnational projects involving local communities

- To promote sustainable development of neighboring regions and beyond through training and education

- To foster progress and innovation in Higher Education and Research

- To support learning mobility for people at all ages, across borders and sectors

- To stimulate local growth by adapting international good practices and methods


As a European centre of Studies and Initiatives, the organisation is dedicated to the promotion of research and development so as to increase and improve future-oriented innovation processes in educational, social, economic and cultural spheres believing in the cross-cutting of organisations cooperating within heterogeneous fields and sectors.

Pursuing to base our initiatives on real social needs and challenges, CESIE actively connects research with action through the use of formal and non-formal learning methodologies fostering active involvement of target groups so to develop a common research path of analysis, testing and creative co-education.


CESIE’s main macro areas and themes of interest:

- Social Sciences and Humanities

- Innovation in Education

- Information and Communication Technologies

- Employability, Labour Market and Industry

- Food and Health

- Energy, Environment and Resource efficiency


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”, thus recognised as accreditation, certification and/or qualification body.