Fondazione Centro Studi Villa Montesca is an education vocational training centre. It develops innovative cultural and educative initiatives and offers a broad spectrum of multi-disciplinary research expertise and training activities, closely linked to the dynamics of a European space for professional training, education, cultural and local development.
The Centro Studi offers post-secondary education, postgraduate and professional updating innovative courses aimed for the European labour market which prepare specialised profiles in the fields of Communication and New Media, Energy and Environment, Cultural Heritage, etc. Special care has been taken in designing courses for Higher Education, teacher training and Adult Education all based on the LifeLong Learning (LLL) method and the academic legacy of the Centro Studi.
The Centre has an international reputation for excellence in research and training on local, regional and European level in: management, training for trainers, ICT, development of web platforms and IT tools addressed to the education, cultural development, the job, business and employment sectors. Centro Studi has a key role in the field of education and culture, in the national management of interdisciplinary research and training; in the field of international research and vocational training, especially because the Centre has established a school and University networks and has advanced partnerships with many institutions to promote and implement European and international projects.

Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo “Danilo Dolci” (Italy)

Centre for Creative Development “Danilo Dolci” was established based on the experience of social and educational work carried out by Danilo Dolci and his collaborators, which started in Eastern Sicily back in 1952. The Centre stemmed from the need of offering the local communities a reality committed to practically solve the problems arisen during regular meetings held with people, and in 1958 it was renamed as Centre of Studies and Initiatives for Full Employment, with the purpose of promoting economic and social development of the local territory.

By means of non-violent struggles, fasting and marches for peace, regular denunciations of the mafia-nepotistic system and other revolutionary initiatives such as the so-called “reverse strike”, Radio Libera and the maieutic workshops, which involved thousands of people, a creative space was developed, fostering awareness and bottom-up planning, paving the way for a real change. The tangible results of the struggles promoted in those years are now visible in concrete works – the dam on the Jato river, the farming cooperatives, the Training Centre in the village of Trappeto, and the Experimental Educational Centre of Mirto in Partinico – as well as in the awareness and memory of the many people who participated in this experience. Additionally, the centre also received acknowledgement at international level and started a cooperation with a number of artists, scientists and educators of the likes of Aldo Capitini, Carlo Rubbia, Erich Fromm, Ernesto Treccani, Ervin Laszlo, Johan Galtung, Lamberto Borghi, Mario Luzi, Noam Chomsky.

In 1985 the Centre of Studies and initiatives is restructured in Centre for Creative Development, focusing more on non-violent education practices and contributing to the development of a methodology, the reciprocal maieutic, able to ease creative development at school and in the local territory. After the death of Danilo Dolci, in 1998, his name is given to the centre as a celebration of his strong inspirational impulse.

At present, the Centre for Creative Development “Danilo Dolci” is a non-profit association involving young people and adults, which mainly acts through projects in the educational field carried out in cooperation with schools, universities, institutions, associations and social groups both at local and international level.


Center for the Study of Democracy (Bulgaria)

Founded in late 1989, the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) is an interdisciplinary public policy institute dedicated to the values of democracy and market economy. CSD is a non-partisan, independent organization fostering the reform process in Europe through impact on policy and civil society.

CSD objectives are:

  • to provide an enhanced institutional and policy capacity for a successful European integration process, especially in the area of justice and home affairs;
  • to promote institutional reform and the practical implementation of democratic values in legal and economic practice;
  • to monitor public attitudes and serve as a watchdog of the institutional reform process.

Building bridges is the old-fashioned way of bringing together social actors and cementing new alliances. Born as a think-tank, the Center for the Study of Democracy has evolved into policy development through dialogue and partnership.

Bringing cutting-edge solutions to transition problems is our way of keeping the middle ground between academia and social practice.

The CSD has pioneered in several areas traditionally perceived as the inviolable public property, such as anti-corruption institutional reform, and national security.
Our belief is that bringing a new culture of cooperation and trust in a milieu of inherited fragmentation and opacity is equally rewarding as the achievement of concrete social goals


MyDocumenta SL (Spain)

DOCUMENTA SL is an innovative Spanish SME focused on ICT and Education Culture. It develops ICT solutions that can help citizens, organizations and enterprises to be more competitive using their creativity, social and cultural background. The ICT and training solutions are directed to business, educational, artistic and cultural sectors.

Documenta S.L. is specialized in the development of a Lifelong Learning e-portfolio ecosystem, multimedia web based platform, online interactivity and digital tools for collaborative creation. DOCUMENTA SL also has an additional important expertise in organization of exhibitions, workshops for companies, teachers, students and artists.

They dedicate an important part of their effort to R&D, using a bottom-up approach, involving users at all levels. In the DOCUMENTA SL headquarters in Barcelona they frequently organize seminars with end-users to create a dialogical process for the analysis of user requirements and product improvements.

DOCUMENTA is a founder member and member of the management board of EDUTECH Cluster, a Catalan Association of Enterprises for the promotion of e-learning and ICT in education in Catalonia. Between many other things, the Edutech Cluster is the organizer of ITworldEdu,, one of the most important events in education in Spain.


Stichting The Global Alliance for LGBT Education  (The Netherland)

GALE is a global network of 860 trainers and educators who promote social inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. GALE is a formal consultative partner of UNESCO.

The GALE network is in essence a website platform with members, the management of projects is delegated to the GALE Foundation (Stichting Global Alliance for LGBT Education) which is located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Since 2007, GALE organized 35 international meetings and organized and took part in 15 international projects.

GALE has a strategy group in Europe to develop a regional strategy. The four priorities of GALE:

  • monitor the implementation of the Right to Education,
  • improving the quality and impact of teacher training,
  • stimulating the inclusion of LGBT issues in school policies
  • improving the quality and impact of storytelling by LGBT volunteer educators.

Currently, GALE monitors the Right to Education in Europe, available interventions and stakeholders and offers strategic workshops, teacher training and peer education training.

In the Netherlands, GALE closely works together with its sister organization EduDivers, the Dutch Expertise Centre on Schools and Sexual Diversity, with whom GALE shares an office, staff and facilities.


Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Crete (Greece)

The Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs formulates and implements legislation, administers the budget, coordinates and supervises its decentralized services, approves primary and secondary school curricula and appoints teaching staff. There are thirteen Regional Education Directorates under the Minister of Education implementing educational policy and linking local agents to central services and organizations. They are responsible for the administration and supervision of other decentralized services in their area, as well as for the coordination of local School Advisors.

Each Regional Education Directorate consists of the following:

  1. An Administration Department
  2. A Department of Pedagogical Guidance for Primary Education and
  3. A Department of Pedagogical Guidance for Secondary Education

The following services come also under the respective Directorates:

  1. The Regional Further Education Centres (PEK)
  2. The Centres of Differential Assessment, Diagnosis and Support of Special Education Needs (KEDDY)
  3. Regional Support and Educational Planning Centres (PEKESES)
  4. Environmental Education Centres (KPE)
  5. Pre-Primary, Primary, Special and Secondary Education Advisors

The Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education in Crete is a large educational organization in Greece which is responsible for schools and teachers in four Prefectures, Heraklion, Rethimnon Chania and Lasithi.

It is in charge of 1.100 schools of both levels of education:

  • Primary Education: 866 schools
  • Secondary Education: 234 schools
  • 117 junior high schools,
  • 74 high schools,
  • 43 vocational schools.

Also a number of 12.445 teachers of all disciplines work in these schools:

  • Primary Education: 6.460  teachers
  • Secondary Education: 5.985 teachers

The total number of students in the region of Crete is 98.552:

  • Primary Education: 54.065 students
  • Secondary Education: 44.487 students

The main task of the Regional Directorate is to co-ordinate, supplement, back up and implement the educational policies of the Ministry, along with supervising the implementation of various education projects, like European projects, in schools