Extended name: Centro Internazionale per la Promozione dell’Educazione e lo Sviluppo

CEIPES is a non-profit European organization with antennas in more than 8 European countries. CEIPES’ work is inspired by the principles and values of peace and nonviolence, equality in diversity, human rights, democracy and active participation, respect for the environment, cooperation, communication, solidarity, social inclusion, respect, tolerance and interculturality. CEIPES works at local, European and international level with more than 40 organisations and public bodies that work in synergy to reach identical goals. At local level CEIPES coordinates the CEIPES Network, which is based in Sicily and counts more than 20 organisations as well as public and private bodies.

The main purpose of CEIPES is to promote the Education and Development of young people and adults through activities in education, training, culture, nonviolence, interculturality, solidarity, human rights, active citizenship, international cooperation, and promote services thus contributing to human and civil growth at individual, community and world levels.

-CEIPES is divided into different sectors, each one developing specific projects with the support of professional intervention teams. Each sector is coordinated by a responsible that pays great attention to the quality of the service and activities carried out.

-The staff of the CEIPES is composed of many professional experts with different competences in several sectors such as psychology, communication, formation, international cooperation, social and cultural mediation, social assistance, informatics and law.

– The association relies on the collaboration of more than 25, mostly young, people who are also specialised in the above sectors, and who work in CEIPES’s activities.


Vision and Mission: CEIPES is active in the field of social and human development that works through education and training for a world of peace and equality in order to guarantee the fulfilment of the universal human rights.

The mission of CEIPES is to foster and support the sustainable development of local communities and individuals’ empowerment through education and training, human rights and international cooperation.


  1. To promote education and development for all the people at any age as a tool to foster individual and collective grow.
  2. To promote lifelong learning, vocational training and entrepreneurship with the aim of enhancing opportunities for youth and adults to improve and acquire competences and therefore boost their employability and inclusion.
  3. To improve methodologies, develop innovative strategies and tools in the field of youth, education and training through active international cooperation, study and research.
  4. To conduct international cooperation projects.

The territory of Sicily and Palermo are characterized by a high school dropout, bulliying in the school, a lack of information centers and meeting place for young people, a low participation in social and political life, a high level of unemployment, a high rate of violence among young people, a high immigration and a system where equal opportunities are difficult to implement, among other aspects, such as geographical isolation resulting in the fact of being an island and the mafia, which operates in the territory from various lapses corrode growth and development.


Sara Vivirito

Project Manager. Graduated in “Psychology for Organizations: HR, Marketing and Communication”; she cooperated with the Psychology Department of the Catholic University of Sacred Heart of Milan for several researches about talent development, career transitions, employability, organizational well-being, sport and social inclusion. She also obtained the second level master’s degree in “Sport and Psychosocial Interventions” and attended the COMAU “People and Project Management” summer school in Shanghai; besides being an ex-athlete and athletics instructor. In CEIPES she works on projects in the field of sport, health promotion, disability and special educational needs (SEN).

Serena Butticè

Project Manager at CEIPES. With master degree in Pedagogy at the University of Verona with Erasmus experience in Spain. She has many experiences of educational activities and volunteering on the territory. A large part of the projects that she is managing is about inclusion and special education needs. Her work includes networking development, project reports writing and the development of new educational tools for people with SEN.

Serena speaks Italian, English and Spanish.

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