The project aims to fight educational inequality and early school leaving
Fondazione Cassa Depositi e Prestiti and ActionAid are launching “Costruire Futuro, Insieme” (“Building future, together!”), a project that will allow 500 teachers and about 9,000 girls and boys aged between 11 and 19 years to strengthen or develop their skills through active citizenship activities and training programmes delivered face-to-face and online.
Indeed, in Italy, the rise of early school leaving rates is becoming an increasingly worrying phenomenon (11.0% in the North of Italy, 11.5% in Central Italy and 16.3% in the South of Italy), and the regions most affected by it include Sicily, Campania, Calabria and Puglia (19.4%, 17.3%, 16.6% and 15.6% respectively).
For this reason, the initiative will focus on six metropolitan areas in Central-Southern Italy (Rome, Syracuse, Reggio Calabria, Bari, Naples and Palermo), and will be carried out in collaboration with schools and a network of operators from the public and private sectors.
The tools made available by ActionAid include Agente 0011, a portal whose objective is to involve young people and motivate them to acquire specific skills that will benefit society. This will also be achieved through immersive technology, via a serious game (i.e. a game designed with an educational intent) devoted to themes such as active citizenship, social inclusion and sustainable development, as well as via Radio Kivuli, an internet radio station that will give a voice to all protagonists involved in the initiative, thanks to ad hoc workshops on radio broadcasting methods and the creation of four dedicated podcasts.
Moreover, educational and sports events will be held in the cities of Syracuse, Reggio Calabria and Rome, in collaboration with the Fondazione Milan.
People from the CDP Group will also play a key role in the project, as they will take part in volunteer skill sharing activities such as tutoring and career guidance sessions focused on topics like sustainability, innovation and digital technologies aimed at the students involved in the project.