The CAP-PERI project kicked off in Vicenza: Innovative methodologies to talk about sustainability

اشتغلت CAP-PERI project had its start on the 29 and 30 of September with the Kick Off Meeting that saw partners coming to Vicenza to discuss the implementation of the project and the organization of the educational activities.

During the second day they had the opportunity to visit to the rural area of Carpaneda, the perfect place to analyse how to define themes such as the connection between town and country; as well as the inter-exchange among the rural and urban worlds. At the same time, it is a place that expresses the urgency of developing and promoting a “culture of agriculture” open to all citizens, as far as the following topics concern:

  • Food & Health;
  • Safeguarding biodiversity and the rural landscape and
  • Adapting the territory to the challenges posed by climate change.

CAP-PERI is expecting to improve citizens and youths’ awareness on the social, economic, and environmental implications of the CAP at National and European level

اشتغلت itinerant walk was hosted by the local associations of “Comunità Vicentina per l’Agroecologia” and the “Laboratorio Spazi Rurali e Boschi Urbani”; enhancing the value of the territory as a place of dialogue between the city and the rural area. Similarly, the occasion was perfect to size the possibility for it to become the centre of new agriculture and sustainability.

In the late afternoon the public presentation of the project was held at a Teatro Astra where a performance followed.

CAP-PERI is expecting to improve citizens and youths’ awareness on the social, economic, and environmental implications of the CAP at National and European level.

CAP-PERI will shed lights on how the Future CAP Strategic Plans will be the instrument to achieve the Green Deal goals, how they will support EU policies in managing the transition towards a sustainable food system and in strengthening the efforts of farmers to contribute to the EU’s climate objectives and to protect the environment.

The project methodologies are innovative as children and young people will have the opportunity to learn social research and theatre techniques through augmented reality tools and seminars with experts.

The project is led by ALDA (lead partner) together with LaPiccionaia, CESIE, ISBEM Scarl, IRS – Institute for Social Research و إعادة الشبكة.

DEVOTE’s educational content is ready in 6 languages!

The educational content for DEVOTE’s future open online course is now available in 6 languages!

The DEVOTE team has worked hard to develop the structure of a 6-module course for teachers and educators, aiming to provide them with skills and tools to integrate students with migrant backgrounds in schools.

The team developed the above-mentioned modules using feedbacks from students with migrant backgrounds and their teachers, collected through a survey. Their insight highlighted the necessity to discuss the assessment practices for students with migrant backgrounds and the difficulties they can encounter regarding the national language. Therefore, DEVOTE Project designed educational content aiming to give teachers tools and guidance to better support students while fostering their success in school.

DEVOTE Project designed educational content aiming to give teachers tools and guidance to better support students while fostering their success in school

However, the survey conducted also demonstrated the importance of both the environment and the social setting for students with migrant backgrounds. To address these matters, the team created modules on parents’ engagement, on psychosocial support and on the “Whole school approach”. The latter involves all parts of schools’ staff to answer students’ holistic needs. Finally, this exercise provides examples of good practices in intercultural education.

You can find all the modules in English below. If you want to download them in another language, check this page.

Module 1 – The Whole School Approach DOWNLOAD

Module 2 – Assessment of students with migrant backgrounds DOWNLOAD

Module 3 – National Linguistic Support DOWNLOAD

Module 4 – Parental Involvement DOWNLOAD

Module 5 – Psychosocial support DOWNLOAD

Module 6 – Best practices in Intercultural Education DOWNLOAD

The publication of DEVOTE’s educational content brings us closer to the creation of our Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), and we want it to be as helpful and instructive as possible for you, so please give us your feedback on the modules by filling in the following survey in your preferred language:

الإنجليزية Dutch / فرنسي / Slovenian / Turkish Italian Greek



Culture twinning: a strong network of towns to promote cultural tourism

المشروع Culture Twinning: Twinning Tourism Promoting Cultural Heritage, which started in 2018, is coming to an end with an upcoming last meeting online to close the project and sum up the results.

The project, funded by Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union, is led by the Municipality of Novo Mesto (Slovenia) in partnership with ALDA, the Development Centre of Novo Mesto (Slovenia) and the municipalities of Herceg Novi (Montenegro), Torun (Poland), Vilafranca de Penedés (Spain), Trnava (Slovakia), Langhenagen (Germany), Bühl (Germany), Bihać (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

The main objective of this two-year-long project was creation of a strong network of twinned towns to mutually promote cultural tourism and raise awareness among citizens on the importance of cultural heritage. This resulted in the creation of a network of towns that promote cultural heritage in a long-term perspective, and which developed opportunities for mutual understanding, intercultural learning, solidarity and social engagement.

The objective was successfully achieved!

Cultural heritage is more than historical monuments left behind from the past. it defines who we are as individuals, as communities, as regions.

Through project’s activities, partners had the opportunity to meet each other and present their respective towns and their cultural heritage and also to interact with local actors operating in the field.

All events implemented aimed at discovering the rich cultural heritage of each town of the network. In إيطاليا an interactive guided tour for kids took place, in order to stress the importance of educating young generations on local cultural heritage, while in هرسك نوفي the international conference “Strategic Tourism Development Based on the Valorization of Cultural Heritage” presented examples of good practice of proper valorisation of cultural heritage in European cities.

In Novo mesto a hackathon was organised where kids presented inspiring examples of good practice of innovative cultural tourism, as well as a visit to the 4th festival of Iron age living and cookery.

Another meeting was in the beautiful and historical city of Trnava, one of the oldest cities in Slovakia, where participants could enjoy the unique medieval atmosphere, culinary specialities and hospitality during the Traditional Trnava Market.

In Vilafranca  exchanged ideas about the methods for creating cultural knowledge, enhancing culture in society and fostering the weight of culture in promoting quality cultural tourism. The participants learnt about the culture of “castellers” through a wide range of activities related to their world.

The sixth and the last meeting of the project, which contributed to the involvement of citizens and awareness of cultural heritage in several European partner cities through education and lifelong learning, took place in Bihać. The urban pulse of the city with an extremely diverse and unique history of different cultures and religions enriches the offer on the river Una.

The event has officially concluded this joint adventure, but the established connections between partners will live on and create common stories backed with richness of natural and cultural heritage. The project has reached an incredible number of citizens, more than 460 direct participants in the events and more than 40.000 indirect participants through the project’s website, partners’ websites, press conferences, news and articles.


Why CUT – Culture Twinning Project? 

Cultural heritage consists of cultural and creative resources with a value for society that has been publicly recognised in order to preserve it for future generations. The rich and diverse cultural heritage of central Europe is one of the key attractions for tourists visiting the area. That is why local heritage has become an important economic factor. Efforts to preserve and utilise cultural heritage can help generate tour¬ism income in particular for remote regions, far from economic centres, rely on tourism-related services for employment. The sustainable use of cultural heritage is essential to ensure that central Europe will remain a popular destination to visit and to live in.
Through the exchange of good practice, experience and expertise of involved partners, we have increased involvement of citizens and raised awareness of the importance of Eu¬rope’s cultural heritage through different events and promotion. Through the activities of the project, we have strengthened the tolerance and mutual understanding between European citizens respecting and promoting cultural and linguistic diversity, while contributing to intercultural dialogue.


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Thematic surveys to raise the voice of Civil Society Organisations on the Future of Europe

While the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) is at its peak, the Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe is working unceasingly to back the CoFoE to ensure a total and wide inclusion of civil society organisations in such a unique and crucial process.

Indeed, on Tuesday October 12th, a Plenary of the Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe took place. After receiving the latest updates by the institutional representatives, the core of the conversation focused on the methods to give voice to Civil Society Organisations from all over Europe and listening to their aspirations and concerns.
Such an ambitious goal will be reached, among others, thanks to the spread of a set of surveys elaborated by each cluster in order to get thematic feedbacks from Civil Society Organisations.

Results are not to be awaited. After a work of research and consultation, the 5 thematic clusters have produced a questionnaire each, as a valuable instrument to boost the dialogue with major stakeholders, encouraging the latter to consider the perceptions and the vision of European citizens.

We invite all Civil Society Organisations’ representatives to join the survey by filling one or more questionnaires, according to your area of competence

Thus, each cluster has produced a coherent and representative sheet to be submitted to key policymakers to ensure that the voice of CSOs is heated and taken into consideration for the elaboration of policies and plans.

Find below the clusters and the link to each survey:

  1. Environment, steered by Green 10: the goal is to face the challenges brought by climate change. Questionnaire coming soon.
  2. Social Europe, chaired by SOLIDAR, aims at outlining the future priorities of the EU. Join the survey and fill in the questionnaire (هنا)
  3. Europe’s digital transformation, chaired by ECAS, focuses on setting standards on technology and data’s management, also considering not loosing sovereignty on the topic. Find the survey (هنا)
  4. Our European life, chaired by Volonteurope and CEV, focuses on rights, values, new and unexplored challenges such as space and migration. Find their questionnaire (هنا)
  5. The Union’s democratic foundations, and how to strengthen democratic processes governing the European Union – To make Europe a citizens’ project, chaired by ALDA and ECOLISE, focuses on boosting citizens engagement, involvement and participation to guarantee a high qualitative social development. Join the survey, choose your language and fill in the questionnaire in الإنجليزية, فرنسي أو إيطالي


About the Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe (#CSOCoFoE): the role of the Convention is that of working as a bridge between civil society organisations and the institutional setting of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE). The Convention has kicked off in February 2021 and is committed to examine the democratic functioning of the Conference and ensure a real involvement of citizens and their representative associations in this process.

It gathers over 75 European networks and platforms, thus reuniting millions of citizens from all across Europe. Its work is managed by a steering committee و 5 thematic clusters, reflecting the political priorities and pillars of the EU.

ALDA, following its vocation and mission, has an active role in the Convention, not only participating as a member, but also as part of the steering committee, represented by ALDA Secretary General, Antonella Valmorbida. Moreover, ALDA is also colliding the cluster on democracy, by making available its expertise on democratic processes, good governance and citizens participation.

Read more on the Civil Society Convention’s website

Time to be Generative! 50xcento training for young leaders

On September 30th the training course for young leaders “50xcento” took place in the home of the Associazione Caracol Olol Jackson in Vicenza, Italy.

The free course was directed at young people who wanted to be “the real engine of Italian development”, who were interested in the growth of the community in which they live and who wanted to become active protagonists of a new life of  society by putting people first.

The main objective of the course was that the young leaders learn the basic values and skills to be truly “generative” and not let the system of instant gratification and consumerism affect their drive to change their environment for the better. It looks like they have!

50xcento to be the real engine of Italian development

More than 20 bright young people gathered in Vicenza, from morning until late afternoon, to reflect and work on the questions and ideas proposed by the coordinator Paolo Pezzanatrainer from Generatività. Participants had also the opportunity to share a meal and enjoy beautiful performances of live music and dance.

During the experience young adults worked together to build a cardboard structure representing what they would like their own city to be like, learning from each other and appreciating the fact that everybody had a unique personal skill set to share in order to make something everybody would be proud of.

After an entire day spent together, caring for and learning from each other, the participants set off to a nearby park to take pictures and share on social media the fruits of their labour, in order to further the scope of the change that, if they so wish, they can begin to achieve.

50Xcento is promoted by ARC, the Research Centre of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan, and by the Alliance for Social Generativity, a constantly expanding national project born from a movement developed within ARC, which brings together different organisations, especially enterprises, promoting generative culture in the country.
50xcento is sponsored by Fondazione Cattolica

"غيم إن" (Gem In): تقبّل التعليم التثاقفي

ماهي أحسن طريقة للتعلم؟ اللعب بالتأكيد !

يبني مشروع غيم إن –اللعب من أجل تقبّل التعليم التثاقفي- على هذه المبادرة لتنمية التعليم التثاقفي عبر استعمال مقاربات غير رسمية وهازلة تعزز اكتساب الشباب للمهارات الاجتماعية والمدنية.

ويهدف هذا المشروع إلى دعم التعليم التثاقفي في المدرسة وفي الأوساط الشبابية غير الرسميّة باعتباره وسيطة لتنمية الإدماج الاجتماعي والحوار بين الثقافات والمواطنة الفعّالة عبر ترويج المهارات الأوروبية.

وفي نفس الوقت، يهدف المشروع إلى توفير التحاليل وتوصيات السياسات حول استراتيجيات التدخل من أجل تنمية التعليم التثاقفي والمواطنة الفعّالة عبر إطار تعليمي مجدّد.

ماهي أفضل طريقة للتعلم؟ إنه اللعب بالتأكيد مع "غيم إن"

يهدف الإطار التعليمي إلى أن يكون دليلا لكل المعلمين والمربّين ومديري المشاريع والأشخاص الذين يستعملون اللعبة بصفتها أداة تعليمية بفضل تفسيرها المفصّل لكل خطوات صناعة اللعبة ومحتوياتها، بالاعتماد على القيم والمنهجية المُروّجة خلال كل مشروع "غيم إن".

وعلى سبيل المثال، وخلال الفترة التجريبية للمشروع في قبرص، تمكّن الأطفال من التعرّف على ثقافة أخرى وعلى معنى الإدماج عبر اللعبة المطوّرة من قبل "غيم إن": ولم يتمكّن حتى وباء كوفيد 19 من إيقاف هذه التجربة في التعلّم باللعب حيث تمكّن الأطفال من اللعب والتفاعل مع اللعبة على الأنترنات بالإضافة إلى توفير نقد مُفيد وبنّاء.

ولمزيد المعلومات، تستطيعون زيارة لموقع الالكتروني للمشروع وقراءة نشريتي الأخبار.

نشرية الأخبار بالانكليزية 1 و 2

نشرية الأخبار بالفرنسية 1 و 2

A special EU meeting in Thiene: The Conference on the Future of Europe and the New MFF 2021-2027

In the afternoon of Monday 6 September was held, at the Council Chamber of the Town Hall of Thiene, a training event on the Conference on the Future of Europe and the annexed presentation of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, organised by SEI – European Intermunicipal Service with the collaboration of ALDA+, ALDA’s Benefit Company, which has been working for over 20 years in favour of local realities in Italy and across Europe, promoting the active participation of citizens and helping administrations and associations to access the funding tools offered by the European Union, and beyond.

After the welcome by the local authorities, the meeting opened with a speech by Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA on the Conference on the Future of Europe. Valmorbida offered participants a comprehensive overview not only of the meaning and importance of the Conference as a unique opportunity for citizens from all over Europe to freely express opinions and suggestions that will shape European policies in the coming years. More importantly, the Secretary General of ALDA offered a practical demonstration on the use of the online platform that allows citizens to interact, showing them how to register, write their ideas and discuss those of others, search for events in their surroundings.

Since its foundation, ALDA+ supports municipalities in accessing EU and non EU funding for the good of local communities

The conference continued on a European note with the presentation of the New Multiannual Financial Framework of the European Union, by Marco Boaria, Director of Programmes & Development Department of ALDA and CEO of ALDA+. This investment plan sets out the budget and priorities on which the European Union wants to invest from now until 2027 – explained Boaria – adding that it is an unprecedented economic investment plan, which together with the 750 billion euro “Next Generation EU” recovery tool, should represent a valuable instrument for the recovery from the covid-19 pandemic.

Finally, Marco Boaria presented the new funding programmes, which municipalities will be able to try to access and obtain precious funds for the realisation of works useful to the territory and citizens.

The meeting was addressed – among others – to the municipalities of the upper Vicenza area active in SEI, the Intermunicipal European Service coordinated by the Municipality of Thiene and involving Breganze, Marano Vicentino, Villaverla and Zugliano – as well as to the Municipality of Malo, interested in actively cooperating with SEI in the near future. The seminar was an opportunity to get informed about the news related to the new programming, in order to plan the SEI’s project activities in the coming months.

مشروعان واجتماع في مكان جميل، فلنلتقِ في لافارون (Lavarone) مع مشروع "ديزاير" (Desire) و"روود أوايكينن" (Rude Awakening)

من 24 إلى 26 سبتمبر 2021سترحّب بلدية لافارون بالشركاء الأوروبيين ضمن مشروع رغبة و ال صحوة وقحة"ديزاير" ومشروع "روود أوايكينن. ولهذين المشروعين نقاط تشابه واختلاف تجعل منهما مثيرين للاهتمام. حيث يركّز الأول على دعم وعي الشباب بمفهوم الاتحاد الأوروبي وبإعلان "شومان" (Schuman). ويتمّ ذلك عبر مقاربة تشاركيّة تستعمل الفن للحديث عن الاتحاد الاوروبي. ويهدف الثاني لجعل المتاحف أكثر جاذبية لدى الشباب. ولهذا السبب، تمّ تصميم لعبة فيديو موضوعها الحرب العالمية الأولى. وقد تمّ إطلاق الشريط الترويجي بالفعل.شاهدوه عبر هذا الرابط (هنا))

وسيكون هذا هو الاجتماع الحضوري الأول ضمن المشروعين الذين انطلقا خلال وباء كورونا. وسيكون هذا الاجتماع فرصة مناسبة للتواصل وتبادل المعارف وخلق الروابط بين الشركاء. وتعتبر "لافارون' بطبيعتها الهادئة المكان المناسب لهذه الفعالية التي تطمح بالذات إلى إنشاء شبكة أكثر قوة واتساعا من الأعضاء الملتزمين الذي يشتركون في مشاريع ماضية وحاضرة ومستقبلية.

يمثل هذا اللقاء فرصة مهمة للتلاقي وتبادل الخبرات وإيجاد الروابط بين الشركاء

سنسعدُ بمشاركة إنجازاتها. ولذلك، ترقبوا لاكتشاف مجريات اللقاء.

←عن مشروع "ديزاير":

إعلان شومان: مبادرة "ديزايز" من أجل إعادة إحياء أوروبا هي مشروع من تمويل "أوروبا للمواطنين". ويهدف المشروع إلى تدعيم وعي الناس، وبالذات الشباب، بالأهمية التاريخية والدلالة الحقيقية لإعلان "شومان" بالنسبة للاتحاد الأوروبي. ويهدف ذلك إلى تعويد الشباب على مقاربة التاريخ بشكل أكثر تفاعلية. عبر المساهمة في صناعة أدوات فنية مثل شرائط الفيديو والمسرح والألعاب وروايات الراديو، سيرافق الشركاء مجموعات من المواطنين الشباب في إعادة اكتشاف التاريخ ومناقشة قيم الاتحاد الأوروبي مثل حوار الثقافات والسلام والتضامن. وقد تمّت قيادة هذا التحالف من قبل Comune di Lavarone (إيطاليا), ويتركب من مؤسسة بلفديري-غيشفانت (إيطاليا), Union of bulgarian black sea local authorities (بلغاريا), بلدية فالونغو (البرتغال), و دانوب 1245 (Serbia), معهد زدروجاني لتنمية البلديات (Zdruzenie Institut za razvoj na zaednicata) (جمهورية مقدونيا اليوغسلافية سابقا), , الإدارة البلدية بغراس-دواسو (بلجيكا), و مؤسسة بلدية فالنسيا للتراث الصناعي (إسبانيا)، مركز أوزياك الثقافي (كرواتيا) ألدا (فرنسا).


← حول مشروع "ذو روود إوايكنن":

" "ذو روود إوايكن" هي رحلة متعددة الوسائط على خطى الحياة اليومية للجنود في الخطوط الأمامية". وهو مشروع أوروبي يهدف إلى دعم وعي الأجيال الصغيرة (من 13 إلى 20 سنة) واهتمامهم بموضوع الحرب والسلام. وبدعم من المحتويات الرقمية والمرئية- المسموعة بالاعتماد على روايات جنود الحرب العالمية الثانية، يهدف مشروع "ذو روود إوايكن" إلى توفير منظور تعليمي ونفسي عن الحرب والسلام، أين يتعرف الزوار بطريقة عملية حيث يقومون بلعب دور الجندي طوال زيارة المتحف، مما يمنحهم فهما أفضل لذكريات الجنود عن حياة الحرب بفضل التكنولوجيا. وهو مشروع مشترك التمويل بين برنامج "ميديا" بالاتحاد الأوروبي، ضمن مشروع "أوروبا المبدعة" والذي جمع ويتركب من مؤسسة بلفديري-غيشفانت بصفته الشريك بلدية لافاروني (Comune di Lavarone), ألدا, 101 برسنتو"مذكرات من أجل الحياة" "غورنييسافسكي موزيي جيسنيس, "دانوب كونكت", "عالم منظمات المجتمع المدني" والمركز المقدوني للتصوير. 


لمزيد المعلومات عن المشروع وكيفية الانخراط فيه، الرجاء الاتصال بالمدير الإبداعيّ السيد "رنزو كاربونيرا" (Renzo Carbonera) عبر عنوان البريد الالكتروني:

وتتطلع "ألدا" كثيرا لهذه الفعالية الكبرى، التي ستمثّل فرصة سانحة للتناقش معا حول ماضينا وتاريخنا المشتركين.

Join the final LIFE METRO ADAPT meeting

ALDA is pleased to invite you to participate in the final LIFE METRO ADAPT meeting, entitled: “Strategies and measures for adaptation to climate change in the Metropolitan City of Milan”.

The event will take place over several days from 21 to 28 September 2021 in the framework of “All4Climate-Italy2021“, which gathers all the events dedicated to the fight against climate change. Take place in Italy,  it aims at promoting an active and constructive dialogue on the challenges of the climate crisis and at fostering the achievement of the objectives of the Paris Agreement. All4Climate is an opportunity for all those involved in the fight against climate change to make a concrete contribution to the debate preceding the Pre-COP hosted in Milan in September and the COP26 hosted by the UK in November.

The initiative “Climate Change Adaptation Strategies and Measures in the Metropolitan City of Milan” has to be understood within the  framework of the project Metro Adapt – Strategies and Measures for Climate Change Adaptation in the Metropolitan City of Milan. The latter is intended to promote the creation of a sound climate change governance common to all local authorities (LAs); while producing tools that allow LAs to implement efficient adaptation measures.

The event will be a mix of moments of knowledge exchange with national and international experts as well as moments of entertainment. Guided visits to the project’s pilot sites will also be on the agenda. Overall, the final objective is to drive the attention on climate change and climate change adaptation strategies closer to public decision makers, municipal technicians, citizens, young people and students.

The first scheduled event will take place on 21 SEPTEMBER 2021 from 9.00 to 10.45 am.

It is an international workshop (online): “Climate change adaptation strategies in European metropolises”. The workshop is addressed to national and international local and regional authorities and, specifically, to European metropolitan areas, with the aim of creating a space for dialogue and exchange of good practices on climate change adaptation in urban areas. Moreover, starting from the climate change adaptation strategy designed by LIFE Metro Adapt, it will boost a co-creation process leading to the co-design of a sustainability plan and the creation of synergies and future collaboration opportunities among participants. The meeting will be conducted online in English. Registration required at this link.

Looking forward to see you there!

“Open Balkan”: phase two of the “Mini-Schengen” initiative

Summer 2021 marked a great moment as far as regional cooperation in the Balkan Region concerns., especially in regard to “Open Balkan” initiative. Thus, Prime Ministers, Rama and Zaev –  from Albania and North Macedonia respectively – and Serbian President Vučić agreed on abolishing border control among the three countries by 2023.

“Open Balkan”, this is the name of the regional cooperation initiative, is considered by Prime Minister Zaev as a key and fundamental action in order to develop both the economy and the everyday life of citizens living in this area. Zaev’s position is backed by the Albanian PM, who believed that “ all countries should be part of this process, because it is a benefit for them and their citizens”.

“Open Balkan” is intended to serve as a way to boost economic growth, foster free movement of people among the countries while supporting and promoting the tourist sector

Similarly, underlined the importance of having all countries involved in the process “because it is a benefit for them and their citizens”. From a general perspective, “Open Balkan” is intended to serve as a way to boost economic growth, foster free movement of people among the countries while supporting and promoting the tourist sector. 

Finally, this initiative was firstly discussed already in 2019, when the three representatives of Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia met in Novi Sad, setting the base for the “Mini-Schengen” agreement. The latter took inspiration from the European “Schengen Agreement” – both as far as the name concerts, and – more importantly – in regard to the overall aim of this regional project.

This article has been written based on information found at the following link