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CIRSES - Centro di Iniziativa e di Ricerca sul Sistema Educativo e Scientifico (Initiative and Research Centre on the Education and Scientific Systems) was established in October 1980.

CIRSES aims at studying the Italian and European Education and Training Systems. Over time, the Centre has carried out many important initiatives and research studies, which played a significant role in the Italian debate on School-related issues:

Research on School Dropping Out

Private Schools in Europe

Gender-based Stereotypes  in Textbooks

Bullying and discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation 

Inclusion in Education

Learning by Skills

Starting from 2009, CIRSES has new commitment on EU Funds with 2 Leonardo da Vinci –TOI projects ended in 2011:

EURIALO - LEarning and gUidance tools against discRIminAtion: respect for alL different sexual chOices and cultural identities, aimed to a) Fighting against discrimination based on sexual diversity and ethnic origin b) Increasing the awareness, guiding, and training people operating in the school and training systems; training of psycho-social workers and raising their awareness of problems relating to discrimination based on sexual orientation and choices and ethnic diversity.

RELOAD - laboratories for REcovery and deepening of Learning Or Aimed at Deconstructive/transitional approaches to students’ vocational guidance, aimed to realize prototypes of laboratorial activities to be tested in different national and transnational contexts in order to improve the actions of accompaniment and vocational guidance for teenagers, from 14 to 18 years of age, put in action in the different contexts.


Then CIRSES  planned and developed as Partner, new projects funded under the LifeLongLearning Programme, both  under Leonardo da Vinci and the new Erasmus Plus programme 2014-2020.

Here the main projects :

Work-Harmony  - Organizational Model and Methodology for Promoting the Conciliation of Worker’s Professional and Personal Lives in Enterprise”, aimed to transfer and implement  of organization of labour and social facilities, encouraging the conciliation of work and family life, starting from the Spanish Good Practice IMPLANTA. (project over)

FromIdeaToEnterprise ”, aimed to transfer the  ResEUr training and certification program  which covers all the key aspects that are associated with essential considerations upfront the process of the creation of a new enterprise, as well as with boosting the innovation power of existing companies. (project over) 

" SKillsUP  - Enhancing of teachers and trainers in developing, improving and evaluating key competences and soft skills for students' and trainers' success and mobility in the labour market",  based on the results of the project  “Competencies for the Labour Market”,  which consist of a set of training tools and methodologies concerning 14 basic soft skills and competences for  trainers and teachers. (project over)

" Diversities@Work Reducing LGBT Discrimination and Improving Diversity at Work. Counselling and Training Tools for Enterprises", which starting from the previous EURIALO  intends to propose a readjustment of the tools and methods of the original product, addressing them to HR experts, business consultants, entrepreneurs so that they can acquire the skills needed to introduce or improve policies and practices of LGBT Diversity in the workplace. (project in process)

"HORSE. Riding in Special Education for autistic children", Erasmus+ project submitted by the Greek School  Ergastirio eidikis epagelmatikis ekpaidefsis kai katartisis Serron. The proposal, is focused  on the inclusion and socialisation of children with autism and Asperger syndrome through the use of  therapeutic horse riding. (project in process)