ÉFA – Équipe di Formatori Associati (Associated Trainers Team)
ÉFA – Équipe di Formatori Associati is an association between professionals that puts together the expertise of twenty years of experience of its founders, Mario Bozzo Costa and Francesco
Ferrari, and the joint work of psychologists, educators and other expert collaborators in the fields of consulting, training, European planning and research, largely focusing on Active
Citizenship and the Third Sector, with particular attention to the target of volunteers and young people.
Considering the field of education, EFA has acquired and can promote:
In general, the "sensitivity", in-depth knowledge of the systems of non-formal education in
Italy and in Europe; the teaching skills centred on learning and those methodological, based on
the commitment in planning and training for young people in formal and informal educational
In particular, the twenty-five years’ experience in the training of young people and workers of
Civic Service (formerly part of the Italian law 772/72 and 230/98 besides the 64/01), which is an
exceptional training context for young people, a non-formal rite of passage to adulthood, from
studies to employment, to adult, personal, social and civil commitment. EFA can, in fact,
leverage a complete knowledge of the system as a consultant of the National Office of the Civic
Service (UNSC) and some of the major regions (Liguria, Piedmont, Sicily, Campania and prov.
In the past 7 years, in Italy, the partners and associates of EFA have developed and conducted:
Consulting and training courses for operators of voluntary associations, as consultants of some
Italian Service Centres to Volunteerism, also for the management of projects of European
ESF funded projects on social cooperation, skills assessment, job orientation and safety at work, involving more than 40 schools and over 1,000 students and 200 higher education
Courses in schools on gender identity, on the fight against homophobia, as consultants for
Projects of skills development and training activities for workers and volunteers of the main centre against gender violence in Genoa, as well as for social and health workers, police officers,
journalists and lawyers.
Since 2003 EFA has been involved in European programs for youth and non-formal education in
general, by previous Youth in Action and Grundtvig, to Erasmus +, particularly with expertise in
the design and coordination of the European Voluntary Service and planning projects for social
and cultural companies.
Particularly relevant to reality of penitentiary institutions was the Grundtvig project “Prisoners
On Stage – POST” which was a European exchange between theatrical enterprises active in
penitentiary institutions from Italy, France, Romania and Germany.
“POST” (2012-2013) tackled the relationship between communities and their prisons. All of the
project partners had an experiences on social and community theatre and aimed to implement
new models of intervention, based upon experimentation.
The project, in particular, aimed to transfer to local contexts a model based upon a direct
dialogue between inmates, students and their families through the universal language of
Thanks to its consultants in Bruxelles, ÉFA have developed the expertise to create and manage
international networks for both the acknowledgment and dissemination of results.
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