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Lunaria is a non profit association founded in 1992; it is non-religious, independent and autonomous from any political party. It develops activities, such as research, training and communication on economy, third sector, migrations and globalisation; it promotes international voluntary projects andyouth policies. During the years Lunaria experimented new forms of active participation inspired to the principles of justice, solidarity, active participation to community life, on the guarantee of the civil, social and human rights at national and international level.

All of Lunaria’s projects are based on the idea that the learning can be conceived as a life-long process, developed with different tools and methods. Lunaria’s projects are conceived as tools that can facilitate the acquisition of new, theoretical, practical and relational knowledge. These are considered cross-cultural competences: the ability to work in group, to interact with the others, to learn languages and exchange knowledge in an horizontal manner and based on mutual exchange.

Peer education – the knowledge and experiences exchange among peers – and learning by doing – the acquisition of new skills though direct and concrete participation, are two key elements in our vocational approach.

Lunaria believes in non formal education as a whole system of tools that privileges, over the ex cathedra approach, the sharing of social, professional, political experiences and of values deep-rooted in the daily social context of everybody.

Lunaria develops trainings at local, European and international level targeted to youth workers and peer educators; it also promotes local workshop target to less privileged youth.?

Artemide – Casa laboratorio “il Cerquosino” was established in 1996, on a disadvantaged and sparsely productive area in the natural park Elmo Melonta, close to Orvieto.

The aims of this experience are:

· to protect the natural heritage from the uncontrolled growth of agritourism resorts and villas for vacation;

· to valorise an area defined as “disadvantaged” and doomed in time to be abandoned;

· to give a practical meaning to the idea of sustainability and to look for a good balance in the distribution of natural resources;

· to adapt and use the ancient and traditional practices, using creativity to recover and recycle.

Artemide has worked for several years as a crossroads of experiences in the vocational field; it is operative in the less privileged contexts, and fights against social exclusion, discrimination, racism and isolation, and all those mechanisms that cause hardships and problematic behaviour. The organisation hosts social cooperatives, cultural associations and youth centres and suggest educational routes. The aim is to create a common background to develop active citizenship, to promote peer opportunities, intercultural education and, as a ultimate objective, to build a society which can respect every form of diversity.

The trainings proposed by the association are based on common tools such as non violent management of conflicts, theatre, environmental education and art in general.

Since 1991 Artemide has proposed workshops for adolescents, youth exchanges, and training courses thanks to Youth in Action Programme, manages a territorial project of the Terni district, called “Ecomuseo del paesaggio Orvietano” and promotes networking activities in the framework of the European project RuralMed.

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Acting conflicts! collects innovative methodologies that can be used in the non violent management of conflicts and can be developed in the daily work with less privileged youth at high risk of social exclusion.

The website realized by Lunaria association, in cooperation with Artemide, association was developed thanks the co-funding of the Council of Europe.


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