The Project

EDDILI: to educate is to make possible the discovery of life

EDDILI is a project of international research-action, addressed to Adult Learning Staff (thereafter known as ALS), such as Teachers and Trainers of Adults, and Adult Learners (thereafter known as AL). The international partnership aims to experiment and share together Danilo Dolci’s Reciprocal Maieutic Approach (thereafter known as RMA) as an educational approach that can be used in the field of training by ALS. The project is co-funded by the European Commission through the Lifelong Learning Programme under the action Grundtvig Multilateral projects.


The main objectives of EDDILI are the following:

  • Sharing with partners RMA;
  • Helping ALS to learn transversal skills through RMA;
  • Improving quality of the learning contexts for adult learners;
  • Making it possible for AL to gain new knowledge, skills and aptitudes;
  • Encouraging adult learning staff to create a network.


Project approach

The project includes a research approach aimed to identify the impact of RMA on ALS and contribute to the development of a method which can be used and transferred to a wider range of people at European level.


The international partnership

EDDILI is the result of cooperation between seven partners from six European countries (Italy, Cyprus, Spain, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland), which consists of non-governmental organisations, universities and vocational training centers and a wide range of experts involved in the adult education field.


Center for Creative Development “Danilo Dolci”, Italy – Project Coordinator



CESIE – Center of European Studies and Initiatives, Italy



INTRAS Foundation, Spain



University of Nicosia, Cyprus



Hogeschool Rotterdam. Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands



CJD Frechen, Germany



SFAL – Swiss Federation for Adult Learning, Switzerland




The main activities of the project consisted in:

  • An initial training for trainers (trainers of ALS) about RMA;
  • Later on those trainers implemented at a local level a training course to ALS by using RMA (that they learned during the initial training), as the main pedagogical approach. The training courses included: 8 in-presence modules, 5 on-line modules and 1 international seminar;
  • After the training course, a prototype of the RMA final manual has been created;
  • In the meantime, ALS put learning into practice in their daily work in order to evaluate the impact of RMA;
  • After a comprehensive evaluation process, the final version of the manual was realized;
  • The quality of the whole process has been ensured by the implementation of a quality plan and the impact was monitored and evaluated by an external evaluator;
  • Dissemination and exploitation activities have taken place at both local and international level.


Results/Outcomes of the project

The main results/outcomes of EDDILI were the following:

  • Training manual about the RMA + DVD;
  • In presence, e-learning and self-access modules;
  • Website with chat open to new users;
  • Network of trained ALS who will use the RMA in their own teaching– new pedagogical knowledge, skills and aptitudes;
  • Consortium – increased experience, new partnerships;
  • Adult learners – new pedagogical knowledge, skills and aptitudes;
  • Local communities – intercultural awareness, knowledge about European programmes.

Details of the project

The website:


The e-learning platform:


The Facebook page “Network of Adult Education”: