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The Fare Scuola project

The Fare Scuola project

For education that is high quality, equitable and inclusive

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Investing in schools in order to create new forms of learning and to make classrooms more dynamic, child-friendly places. These are important drivers of change and sustainable growth.

The “Fare Scuola” project grew out of a collaboration between Enel Cuore and the Fondazione Reggio Children – Centro Loris Malaguzzi. It aims to foster inclusive and equitable, quality education, as outlined in the fourth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG4: “Quality Education”), which was established as part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda: since 2015 has been a lodestar for the Enel Group. The Group’s commitment to achieving a number of these goals has seen them placed at the center of its activities in order to ensure a more sustainable future.

The project is also in line with the 2012 National Indications for infant schools and the first cycle of education, which were drafted with the help of of Edgar Morin, and with the “Ideas and proposals for schooling that looks to the future – School and the Covid-19 emergency” drawn up by an expert committee appointed by the Ministry of Education (Final report 13 July 2020).

The initiative is specifically for infant and primary schools throughout the country and aims to promote an innovative idea for using school premises that confers an educational value on each space. The initiatives enable the creation of new spaces and the recovery of unused areas or classrooms, transforming them into areas for exploring ideas, building relationships and quality learning with a focus on flexibility, sharing, creativity and innovation.

Since 2015, 80 educational and architectural projects have been completed in schools, involving more than 10 thousand children, more than 300 teachers, 40 planners and a rich network of institutional and social relationships. The Covid-19 emergency has not halted the project’s progress: in 2020 ten projects were completed in the municipalities of Palermo, Naples, La Spezia, Genoa, Valle Castellana (near Teramo), Belluno, Cittareale (Rieti), Pinerolo (Turin), Sesto San Giovanni (near Milan) and Taranto.

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“We have always been involved in countering educational inequality and helping children stay within the education system: the pandemic has further underlined the need for projects like this, which consider the school environment not only as a place for children’s educational development, but also as a space in which to create inclusive relationships, taking increasing advantage of digital tools. In these months we have understood the fragility, but also the extraordinary potential, of an educational system that can be, and must be, a driver of sustainable development in our country.”

Michele Crisostomo, Chairman of Enel Cuore

 

The Fondazione Reggio Children, alongside which we launched the project, espouses the Reggio Emilia Approach, an educational philosophy developed in the early 1960s in Reggio Emilia and based on the perception of children as bearers of development potential. The vision underpinning Fare Scuola is thus not limited to rethinking physical spaces, it represents a broader pathway that involves teachers, families and pedagogical experts in ensuring children’s educational needs are met. This is a constantly evolving path in which schools are "rebuilt" on a daily basis, becoming a cultural and social bastion of its community. 

 

Details

Location: Italy

Association: Fondazione Reggio Children Centro Loris Malaguzzi

Estimated beneficiaries: since 2015, over 10,000 children, more than 300 teachers and school administrators, and 100 Nursery and Primary Schools

Total contributions made the organization: up to 9,000,000 euros

Duration: 2015-2021

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