In Celano, an Abruzzese town of 11 thousand inhabitants in the heart of Marsica, the two schools, Gabriele D'Annunzio and Tommaso da Celano, are a source of pride for the whole community. Cassa Depositi e Prestiti played a fundamental role in the implementation of a project that is vital for the education of the area’s next generations.
The two structures have been re-built from scratch on the existing buildings following the 2009 earthquake, to form a single educational hub. The municipal administration explained "The work was carried out to firstly protect the students and for the safety of their families". Through the project, the school is once again a public place and open to the people, with a positive impact on the city’s fabric.
Environmental sustainability, cutting-edge teaching and earthquake-proof standards. These were the reference objectives in the project’s implementation. In an area that has been struck several times in the past by violent earthquakes, safety was the cornerstone of the building plan. In turn, inclusiveness and innovation were the references for defining new teaching models, able to make the most of each individual’s talent.
The example of Celano also confirms CDP's focus on education, one of the fundamental investment pillars for Italy’s development. From small towns to large urban areas, the Group's aim is to continue to support individual local authorities in promoting their area, investing in the future of the next generations.
CDP is thereby contributing to the achievement of the sustainable development goals No. 4 - ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning for all - and No. 11 - make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable - of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.