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CIES Npo

 

CIES ONLUS – Nonprofit Organization

 

CIES npo – We work on a daily basis to build an open society where diversity, peaceful coexistence, and dialogue make our lives better and richer. A society where all people can live together in dignity, enjoying the same opportunities and the same protection.

CIES promotes active participation in civil society within the broader perspective of global citizenship. Our goal is to foster sustainable development processes, based on peace, respect of human rights, democracy, and a dialogue between different cultures and religions. CIES fights every form of racism, discrimination, xenophobia, and social exclusion.

In Italy:

Migrants inclusion, intercultural mediation, global citizenship education, training, communication, awareness raising, promotion of intercultural and inter religious dialogue.
Our activities are aimed at disseminating awareness on  the causes of migration and on the realities of the  migrants’ countries of origin,  supporting  their integration in our society. They include: workshops in schools, exhibitions, debates, and festivals; training courses for young people and adults; recreational learning; vocational, professional, and psychological counseling for Italian and foreign young people.

Abroad:

We are involved in international cooperation projects aimed at ensuring equal opportunities among the populations, enhancing social and economic inclusion of the most vulnerable people ( especially women and children)  and protecting human rights. We work with local partners to improve the capacity-building of institutions, civil society and communities concerning governance, services, environmental protection, education, gender, fair trade, vocational training and employment, culture, co-development.
We work in: Africa (Mozambique, Angola, Senegal, Ethiopia, Tunisia), in the Balkan area (Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia) and Middle East (Jordan, Lebanon).

 

OUR PARTNERS AND DONORS

  • Italian Central and local bodies such as the Ministery of Home affairs and the one for Labour and Social Policies, and Ministry of Education and Culture, Regional, Provincial and Municipal Local Governments
  • European Community
  • United Nation Bodies (UNHCR, UNDP, UNESCO)
  • Private Foundations (such as Altamane, Yamaha, Eataly)
  • Individual donations

 

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND CO-DEVELOPMENT

 

CIES Onlus promotes projects based on international cooperation and co-development, to help bring about equal opportunities, social, economic, and cultural inclusion.

We work together with local partners on projects and services promoting:

  • social inclusion: social, educational, healthcare and cultural services, with a special focus on young women, boys and girls living in challenging conditions at risk of social exclusion
  • economic inclusion: vocational training, counseling and assistance in accessing the labor market, micro-entrepreneurship
  • gender equality
  • migration and development: social and economic inclusion of migrants in Italy and in their country of origin
  • promotion of local resources and cultural heritage
  • governance
  • social communication
  • environmental protection and resource management
  • implement job opportunities for unemployed women and youth in large partnership with Mediterranean Countries

Two very challenging actually on going projects are:

CODING GIRLS (in Mozambique) to reduce digital gender and social divide, training girls in rural and disadvantaged urban environments to approach the digital world
MYSEA (in Italy, Greece, Lebanon, Tunisia, Jordan) involving public (Local Governments, Universities, Professional training schools) and social bodies (NGO, Trade Unions, associations) aiming at including in the labor market in technological innovative ways unemployed women and youth in the two strategic sectors of waste management, and agrifood.

 

2022 in number
1.309 TRAINED OFFICERS, OPERATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY
3.962 GIRLS, BOYS AND ADOLESCENTS INVOLVED IN COURSES FOR PERSONAL AND SOCIAL EMPOWERMENT
1.427 WOMEN PARTICIPATED IN EMPOWERMENT COURSES AND PREVENTION OF VIOLENCE
3.910 YOUNG PEOPLE AND  MIGRANTS PARTICIPATED IN TRAINING COURSES, JOB ORIENTATION AND ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL INCLUSION
2.107 PEOPLE INVOLVED IN STRENGTHENING PROCESSES OF THE COLLECTIVE AWARENESS
20.000 PEOPLE INFORMED THROUGH RADIO PROGRAMS, EVENTS, PRESS AND SOCIAL MEDIA

INTERCULTURAL MEDIATION

 

 

Intercultural mediation is a constructive practice which fosters dialogue and bridges cultural gaps between migrants and the receiving society. Intercultural mediators are often migrants themselves and offer professional services including interpreting, translation, and cultural counseling. They help the migrants’ to approach the services offered by Italian public and private institutions.

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

 

 

The Education and Vocational Training department at CIES Onlus creates and implements social and educational projects in Italy and Europe, in schools and in other Non-formal extra school educational environments, cooperating with local associations and local public services.

Our Youth Centre and Art School, MaTeMÙ is our most significant project in this framework.
We also operate in Schools with teachers and students of different age and educational nature (from kindergarten up to Universities).
Our main fields of action:

  • Training courses for teachers and social workers
  • Seminars and meetings among educational stake-holders (National and International)
  • Research
  • Raising awareness on educational issues like educational poverty
  • Programs to tackle school drop-out
  • Homework and scholastic  support
  • Basic literacy and Italian language courses for young foreigners
  • Educational and psychological support for young people
  • Social theatre
  • Art education
  • Participation in local networks
  • Vocational training and professional counseling

MATEMÙ

YOUTH SPACE and ART SCHOOL

 

YOUTH SPACE and ART SCHOOL MaTeMù

 

free and open to young people aged 10-25

 

THE ART SCHOOL IN ROME ENTIRELY FREE

  • COURSES with high-level teachers: Drums, Rap, Guitar, Singing, Theater, Break dancing, Visual arts
  • EVENTS Concerts, Exhibitions, Shows, Seminars, Readings, Conferences, Presentations, Workshops
  • SPACES Music rooms, videos, internet

IT’S A YOUTH SPACE!
INCLUSIVE, POPULAR,
FOSTERING THE PRINCIPLE THAT
BEAUTY AND ART ARE A RIGHT
AND NOT A LUXURY

ACTIVITIES

  • Individual lessons and collective workshops of:
    music (guitar, drums, music orchestra), singing, rap, break dance, theater
  • Study room and school support
  • Italian language courses for young foreigners
  • Psychological first listening desk held by a psychotherapist
  • Job orientation
  • Recreational and socializing activities (table soccer, ping pong, carrom, garden activities, spaces for reading, training, chatting, play)
  • Spaces available to young people, artists, associations, citizens (computer – internet – video room – 2 soundproofed music rooms – dance and theater rehearsal rooms)
  • Visits to the theatre, cinema, concerts, exhibitions, cities
  • Campus, trips, excursions
  • Artistic and cultural events: open rehearsals, shows, presentations
  • Training: workshops and seminars on educational or social themes; music and theatre workshops with international artists (Alessandro Baricco, Roberto Gatto, George Garzone, Dave Liebman, Kiave, Monica Nappo, Dante Antonelli, Carlo De Ruggieri, Claudio Morici and many others).

 

The educational opportunities offered by MaTeMù were the incentive for the creation of a professional theatre company and a musical group (MateMusiK band & crew), who have performed in different venues and theaters in Rome and Italy, and who have been active for eight years performing in shows and concerts.

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