Appetite for Learning Comes with Eating

Place: Palermo, italy, Europe
Food consumption patterns: diet, environment, society, economy and health Food consumption patterns: diet, environment, society, economy and health
Total Budget: € 392,48 | Period: From November 2012 To


ALCE is a European project involving 5 partner countries: Italy, UK, France, Austria and Lithuania.
Through the use of women's knowledge on food traditional recipes and natural curative methods, one of the pillars of food security, ALCE promotes healthy practices and social well-being as well as intercultural and intergenerational dialogue among senior native women (age 50+) and young migrant women (age 18-40).
The project promotes non formal education and the recognition of key skills and competences. A learning phase involving cultural events and learning mobilities gave women the opportunity to share own traditions related to food, cooking and remedies. The sharing of recipes and creation of fusion recipes using traditional ingredients from different countries resulted in the production of an intercultural Recipe Book that promotes intangible heritage across diverse communities and Training Manual on innovative approaches to stimulate intergenerational and intercultural learning.


CESIE - Italy

Lead applicant

CESIE is an European centre of Studies and Initiatives, inspired by the work and theories of the pacifist Danilo Dolci (1924-1997). It was established in 2001 with a focus to contribute, through the active participation of people, civic society and institutions, towards the promotion of growth and development, always valuing diversity. The head office is located in the city centre of Palermo with offices in India, Nepal and Senegal. CESIE links local, national and international contexts and is committed to stimulating development and change in cultural, educational and economic spheres through the creation and use of innovative tools and methods. The organisation is divided into five departments (for a total of 35+ units of international staff and 10-20 international volunteers) which work together and manage activities in specific fields: European Cooperation, International Cooperation, Mobility, Socio-cultural Promotion and Higher Education and Research.

Seniors Initiatives Centre - Lithuania

Initiative partner

Non-formal adult education


Initiative partner

Elan Interculturel is an independent association created in May 2008 by a group of psychologists and researchers interested in exploring diversity and making it a source of advantage. The main objectives of Elan Interculturel are: ■ To create a better understanding of how diversity affects our life ■ To raise awareness of the resources inherent in diversity ■ To support organisations / groups in finding ways to use the cultural diversity within and around them for the benefit of the individuals and the group Instead of focusing on the concrete characteristics of one or another cultural group we consider our main task to equip people with competences that prepare them to better face intercultural situations. These competences embrace a variety of personal and social skills, for instance emotion management or assertive communication. And they also imply the acquisition of some basic concepts of psychology and cultural anthropology, necessary to understand the interpersonal and group dynamics inherent in intercultural contact.

Multicultural Association - Austria

Initiative partner

Verein Multikulturell – Tyrolean Integration Center is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1993. We aim to enhance the intercultural dialogue and education. Our main objectives are to promote professional, social and cultural integration of migrants. Our association promotes the social and professional skills of migrants in collaboration with the Government and other State institutions like the Chamber of Commerce, job centers, schools as well as social organizations and societies. We are engaged in a number of activities and offer a variety of services, these include: • multilingual education and career guidance for young migrants and their parents • job application training and interview coaching • multilingual family counselling and psychotherapy • Language and computer classes for adults and youngsters (certified by ÖIF) • intercultural/diversity seminars and training courses for multipliers • media workstation (radio, film, photography & creative writing workshops) • international EU projects with several themes like VET, multilingual preschool education, adult learning, multimedia specifically making films and radio shows for migrants (see above) • organisation of cultural events. Multilingual, education, career guidance, migrants, family counselling, psychotherapy, intercultural, diversity, cultural events, international EU projects


Initiative partner

MEH is UK based NGO that has a wealth of experience in supporting individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate fully in society at EU and local level. MEH staff are experienced in various fields such as; non-formal/ informal learning, mentoring, employability and training and self-employment support for clients with a range of long term health issues. MEH deliver a wide range of projects which focus on disadvantaged communities including : Projects on gender quality and diversity, Supporting entrepreneurship and social enterprise mentoring programmes, Volunteering and work placements engaging disadvantaged young people, promoting social inclusion, Delivery of informal learning programmes, training and skills validation for disadvantaged learners Career guidance and counselling. Support with job search and CV development. Active citizenship Community Art Antibullying programmes For the past 16 years we have led and been involved in programmes designed to empower people from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their potential through learning and community engagement.

around the world on a carpet of flavours

ALCE contributes to promote gender equality & empowerment of vulnerable groups, to combat discrimination and raise awareness of the benefits of diversity and reinforce social cohesion, active citizenship, intercultural dialogue, health & social wellbeing.
ALCE strengthens the role of women in the promotion of non-tangible heritage, rediscovering traditional recipes and natural curative methods. Through a roadmap of cultural events, ALCE promotes the transmission of this intangible heritage & allows women to put in practice their new acquired skills, as leaders & promoters of the events within their communities.
From a social perspective, it tackles the social isolation of certain target groups suffering multiple discrimination, increasing participation in lifelong learning of people from all socio-economic backgrounds. From a political view, ALCE increases awareness in decision makers about the importance of recognition of key competences acquired through non-formal learning processes.

Cooking traditions Women participating in the sessions in Italy cook together the different traditional recipes from their countries, getting to know better the different cultures of the participants.
Fusion time! Women from different countries create new fusion recipes using their own culinary traditions.
Tasting interculturality After cooking together both traditional and new recipes, women of the UK group taste the results of the session, having also the opportunity to know each other better.

European countries are currently experiencing two phenomena: the ageing of the population and massive feminine migration flows.
Native senior women and migrant women have two things in common:
Firstly, both suffer from multiple discrimination and absence of recognition of their skills and opportunities for improving them. This situation leads them to "high poverty and/or exclusion risks” (Decision No1098/2008/EC).
Secondly, both have a vital social role in maintaining traditions, being an important source of knowledge that is poorly exploited.
ALCE has therefore three main objectives:
-Exploiting women’s knowledge on traditional recipes and curative methods in order to promote healthy habits and lifestyles.
-Raising awareness about the benefits of diversity and multiculturalism, through the promotion of intercultural and intergenerational dialogue.
-Providing women with more opportunities to fight poverty and social exclusion, through the recognition of their skills and competences.

Intercultural cuisine France has always been a reference for two things: as a migration destiny and as a master of “cuisine”. The ALCE project has put both things together, allowing French native senior women to know better their new neighbors by sharing their culinary recipes.
Italian group Italy, and especially Sicily, has always being famous because of their typical food. Nowadays, they are also famous for being a “door to Europe”. ALCE has been an opportunity not only to allow young migrant women to learn more about Italian food, but also to allow Italian women to know more about foreign culinary traditions.
UK group The UK group gathered women from more than 10 nationalities, reflecting the current composition of UK society. The project was useful not only to promote cultural exchanges through the exchange of traditional recipes, but also to promote dialogue among women from different, ages, nationalities and backgrounds.

Main results achieved are:
• International Training of Trainers event
• Guidelines for Training Course delivery
• Training Course (learning phase of 7 modules) targeting young migrant & senior native women
• European Training Course – 2 days programme for young migrant & senior native women on communication & organisation of cultural food events
• Recipe Book gathering women’s knowledge on culinary & curative traditions (available at http://appetiteforlearning.eu/en_download.html)
• European roadmap of cultural events in Italy, UK, France, Austria & Lithuania, on culinary and curative traditions and fusion intercultural recipes lead by women involved in the training course and involving 250 community members
• Learning Mobilities of 15 women from Italy, UK, France, Austria and Lithuania,
• Training Manual for Adult Trainers working with multicultural & multigenerational groups,
• Final Conference in Kaunas, Lithuania (September 2014) involving civil society, trainers &key stakeholders.

Cultural Event in Kaunas In November 2013, Seniors Initiatives Centre (Lithuania) held the Fair of Cultural and Intergenerational Flavours and Tastes in Kaunas, in which the Italian group of women was also involved. Almost 80 people from local communities visited the event. The group decided to make stuffed dumplings, a common dish eaten by many Eastern European nations, but similar to other dishes in many parts of the world. It was chosen because it takes many hands to cook it and everyone could have a try.
Cultural Event in Liverpool. The event gathered women from UK, Pakistan, Iran, Bangladesh, Yemen, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Zimbabwe, France and Italy. The women of the Lithuanian group also took part, and over 70 people from Liverpool communities visited the event. The event held a tasting buffet to showcase a wide range of different dishes and natural remedies and a food bazar to demonstrate the recipes, remedies and ingredients exploded during the project. There were also dancing performances & art demonstrations.
Cultural Event in Palermo In November 2013, the Italian women group, supported by CESIE staff, organized the ALCE cultural event in Palermo. It was divided in 2 phases: the cooking workshops in the morning, and the final event in the afternoon, including some workshops on food education for children. At the end of the day, a buffet was offered with the food prepared during the workshops and the live cuisine. The event involved more than 100 participants belonging to different communities in Palermo.
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf ALCE Book Book including traditional recipes, fusion recipes and natural remedies used or created by the women participants in ALCE sessions
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf ALCE Book in Italian Book including traditional recipes, fusion recipes and natural remedies used or created by the women participants in ALCE sessions
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Training course guidelines The training course guidelines were developed by ALCE trainers, in order to achieve the adaptability of ALCE good practices, ensuring their relevance and the relevance of its results. The guidelines will disseminate the experience of the project, allowing other adult educators to adapt innovative and creative approaches to answer to their target’s learning needs.

Main beneficiaries:
-100 women directly involved in the activities: 55 migrant women (mainly unemployed women aged 18-40) & 45 senior native women (mainly native seniors aged 50+). ALCE impacted on their quality of life by increasing their key skills, awareness of own culture & other cultures & communities
-5 trainers: Trainers from partner organisations with previous experience in field; they increased their skills in non-formal education & promotion of intercultural & intergenerational dialogue through food

Indirect beneficiaries(reached through the dissemination of ALCE outcomes):
-Members of the wider community & adult educators: ALCE promoted social cohesion, wellbeing, safeguarding of cultural heritage & the use of non-formal learning
-Representatives of public and private organisations and decision makers: ALCE increased awareness about the importance of recognition of skills & competencies & developing non formal learning opportunities within communities using food heritage


Gathering women around food The ALCE project involves women from different women and backgrounds divided in two main groups: young migrant women and senior native women. Through several workshops, meeting and events, the project aims to promote intercultural and intergenerational dialogue through sharing culinary traditions and recipes. This image is one of the cooking sessions in Palermo, where women show their own recipes and create new fusion recipes.
What do I want to learn? The first session of the ALCE (Appetite for Learning Comes with Eating) training course took place in the CESIE offices in April 2013. A group of eighteen participants composed of both local and migrant women took part in activities that included a presentation of the training schedule and the project activities followed by non-formal exercises aimed at group-building and encouraging reflection on the themes of community and intercultural learning.
What’s the best part? Throughout the project, several evaluations were carried out in order to assess the satisfaction of the participants with the results of the projects. These evaluations were made both through formal and non formal activities.
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Evaluation of EU Roadmap of Events During the project, a food and cultural event took place in each partner country. This was an opportunity to involve local communities and to put into practices the new acquired skills by participants.
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Module 5 Evaluation After module 5 (How to create a cultural event), an evaluation sheet was distributed in order to assess the impact of the training course.

The Project Management team was composed of 6 members of CESIE, lead by 1 project coordinator and 1 financial coordinator, who coordinated daily operation management, reporting to funder and communication.
The team of National Project Coordinators was composed of members of each partner organisation (1 from MEH, 1 from VM, 1 from ELAN, 1 from SIC), responsible for research activities, developing, implementing & reporting the national activities.
The 5 trainers were also internal staff of the partners organisations, with different profiles: sociologists, trainers, educators, career guides, social workers who lead in the recruitment of women learners, the delivery of the training course activities and evaluation of the learners
An external evaluator was also involved, carrying out a comprehensive evaluation of the project, co-development of guidelines, planes & evaluation pro-formats, participation in Consortium Meetings, assistance with material development & external evaluation report

ALCE meetings in Innsbruck From 29th September to 2nd October 2013, two main events took place in Innsbruck: Firstly, a group of 15 women (two participants and one trainer from each of the countries groups), met and shared ideas about the cultural events, exchanged impressions and got to know each other in a very friendly and interactive environment. At the same time, the project coordinators held a meeting to discuss about the next stages of the project.
ALCE staff A Kick-off meeting was held in Palermo from the 17th to the 19th of January. The meeting included a first training session – Training of Trainers - given by the trainers from each partner organization, based on peer learning.
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Staff Diagram The project involved staff from the 6 partner organisations (1 national project manager and 1 trainer), coordinated by a general project general coordinator, a financial coordinator, and a head project manager from CESIE

One obstacle identified was the difficulty to exclude a number of participants who did not meet the age limit criteria. The partners agreed to adapt selection criteria to local realities of each country, but ensuring specific objectives of the project & the target group of women continued to be respected to maintain both intergenerational & intercultural dialogue. As a result, a small number of native women under 60-years-old also participated in the project activities.
Another obstacle, also related to the needs of the participants, was to ensure women with small dependent children and with socio-economic problems could fully participate in such cultural activities. The project identified that the women faced economic difficulties to afford travel to the training & childcare. In order to ensure inclusivity and reinforce equal opportunities, the project supported women from every economic background to participate by providing a childcare service and a travel cost support when needed.

Children participate too! Even if at the beginning dependent children seemed an obstacle for women to attend the activities, at the end there were also part of the intercultural and intergenerational dialogue.
Children participate too! Even if at the beginning dependent children seemed an obstacle for women to attend the activities, at the end there were also part of the intercultural and intergenerational dialogue.
Parallel activities for children In Lithuania, parallel activities for children were offered during the sessions and the events, in order to allow women with dependent children to participate.

- ALCE promoted intangible heritage transmission whilst reinforcing a return to natural food processes and sustainability through the exchange of food traditions,  recipes and natural curative remedies among a diverse group of women
- Activities focused on holistic methods for improving the quality of life of the target group of women, families & wider communities. The women researched natural health benefits & curative properties of different foods and how they can positively impact on health, diet & wellness
- Recipe Book promotes the use of natural resources and their preservation in modern society. Natural curative remedies also present different cultural & family traditions shared by participants often passed down from many generations
- Through effective partnerships between public, private + civil society, ALCE makes a tangible impact at local & European level on methods to prepare & cook food in a sustainable way, reduce waste & reduce the use of energy inefficient equipment

Back to tradition! ALCE proposes a return to a traditional way of cooking, using not only natural and traditional ingredients and resources, but also traditional tools and instruments.
Canary ALCE promotes the return to natural curative remedies, making use of the health benefits and curative properties of different ingredients, which can have a positive impact on health, diet and wellness.
Chamomille ALCE promotes the return to natural curative remedies, making use of the health benefits and curative properties of different ingredients, that can have a positive impact on health, diet and wellness.

All materials are offered free of charge and with no copyright restriction at ALCE website: http://www.appetiteforlearning.eu. The ALCE Consortium asks users to reference their work when the materials are used. The results will be available after the project has ended, ensuring its sustainability and further benefit to target groups. They will also be advertised on project sharing platforms e.g. DEEP.Com and EU-Xchange.
An international training course will take place in 2015 targeting trainers at international level with the developed resources to support learners through food initiatives, support the acquisition of key competences and well being.
The trainers have developed ideas for ensuring follow up and further involvement of the women participants, some already engaged in volunteering and other projects.
Other projects on healthy food and diet have already been developed:
-Eat Smart: http://www.eatsmartnow.org/
-Digging Deep: http://www.diggingdeep.eu/

../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Pedagogical Manual The pedagogical manual of ALCE aims to define innovative strategies for the participation and integration of migrant and senior women, which can be used by adult educators and civil society organisations. The manual will be available in 5 languages (English, Italian, French, German, Lithuanian) from October 2014 at ALCE website: http://www.appetiteforlearning.eu/en_download.html

Promotional and dissemination activities took place at local, regional and national level in partner countries (Italy, UK, Austria, France, Lithuania), and at international level (Belgium, Spain, Greece, Poland); reaching 105 people from direct target groups and more than 350,000 from indirect target groups (local communities; media; educational,cultural& social institutions; NGOs; local government).
Dissemination channels used were: project website & Facebook page, partners’ websites & social networks, emails, face-to-face meetings, phone calls, conferences and seminars, project meetings and project associated partners.
Dissemination tools included: leaflet, E-Newsletters, articles, Recipe book, database of stakeholders & key actors, posters for the cultural events, web posts, photos, flyers for recruitment of participants, invitation to info-days to support the recruitment of the target group of women onto the project, video of project activities (e.g. the French group).

ALCE Book in Lithuania ALCE products and materials were distributed during the cultural event held in Kaunas (Lithuania) in November 2013, which was attended by almost 80 people from local communities.
ALCE in “Living together” On Thursday 11th June 2014, Élan Interculturel presented ALCE Project in a framework of the Conference called “Living together” organized by the Regional Institute of Social Workers of Paris (IRTS). The aim of the conference was to share with future social workers projects and ideas useful for better dealing with diversity.
Elan Interculturel activities This video shows some of the activities carried out by the French group of ALCE project
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf ALCE Leaflet ALCE Leaflet including information about the project's target groups, objectives and activities
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Cultural Event in Innsbruck Poster of the cultural event in Innsbruck, Austria
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Cultural Event in Kaunas Poster of the cultural event in Kaunas, Lithuania
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Cultural Event in Liverpool Poster of the cultural event in Liverpool, UK
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Cultural Event in Palermo Poster of the cultural event in Palermo, Italy
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Cultural Event in Paris Poster of the cultural event in Paris, France
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Invitation for the presentation of the Manual Invitation for the presentation of ALCE pedagogical manual in Palermo
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Newsletter 2013 ALCE Newsletter including information about the activities carried out during 2013 and activities foreseen for 2014
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Newsletter First Year ALCE Newsletter including information on the activities carried out during the first year of the project and its outcomes
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Newsletter Roadmap Events ALCE Newsletter including information about the cultural events held in the five partner countries