Bocale, a new center for children, was born in the former primary school

A new children’s center was born on the southern outskirts of the city. In fact, work on rebuilding the primary school in Bocale has already begun in recent weeks.

This morning’s inspection by the municipal council for public education, Lucia Nucera, together with the head of the Cassiodoro Don Bosco’s comprehensive institute, Eva Nicolò, and the director of the Macramè consortium, Giuseppe Carrozza, as advocates for the redevelopment of the historic building, last year of Reggio Calabria , for the construction of a center for children, as part of the Let’s play to grow project, which also involves the municipalities of Gioiosa Ionica and Taurianova.

Also present was Giovanni Pitrolo Gentile, chairman of the Casa di Miryam coop, a Type B social cooperative, a member of Macramè, which advocates for internships of former drug addicts and takes care of the rebuilding of the school structure.

“Finally, the idea, which was conceived a few years ago by the Macramè consortium in collaboration with Reggio’s municipal administration, is beginning to take shape, allowing us to implement this excellent initiative. Thanks to the commitment of Mayor Giuseppe Falcomatà and the councilor for the community The policies of the day, Giuseppe Marino, – says Lucia Nucera – the project proposed by the consortium, when I had the role of councilor for social policy, will soon become a solid reality in our area.I would also like to thank the school principal Eva Nicolò for the fruitful cooperation, she has offered about this project.Growing up, education and children’s sociality is one of the strategic areas that the municipal administration wants to focus more on.And we do, in this case, thank you for the cooperation between a precious and virtuous reality such as Macramè Consortium “.

The Let’s play to grow project, promoted by the consortium, involved 17 partners from the metropolitan area of ​​Reggio Calabria. It is supported by Con in Bambini thanks to a step-forward call, as part of the Fund to Combat Children’s Educational Poverty, designed to involve the educated community and further in the areas of intervention to meet the challenges of educational poverty. and increase opportunities for growth for all.

Thanks to “Let’s Play Grow”, in addition to Reggio Calabria, two other centers for children, Gioiosa Ionica and Taurianova, will be set up to design and experiment with educational offerings for minors aged 0-6.

“Our idea of ​​childhood centers – explained Giuseppe Carrozza, representing the Macramè consortium – are territorial institutions to combat educational poverty, where public and private non-profits will work together. In the centers – Carrozza explains – we will be able to experiment with the Gac model, from the name of the project, a new pedagogical method for caring for children. It is innovative both for the pedagogical approach – because it is based on play, emotions and sensory experiences – and for the non-profit form of public-private administration. “

“The Reggio Calabria Center is located in Bocale at a primary school that has not been used for several years and where renovations are underway – explained Carrozza – we would like to thank the municipal administration, which immediately joined and excited about the proposal during 2019 , confirms its presence in the project through a specific deliberative action, which at the same time made the property available for use by the children’s center during the four-year period envisaged for the implementation of the project.

“The project – completed Carrozza – will involve over 200 minors aged 0-6 years and as many families, social workers, educational staff, teachers from the three partner municipalities. The three centers will be led by third sector units (associations and cooperatives) with the project municipalities, schools, universities “.

Satisfaction was also expressed by school principal Eva Nicolò, who on the sidelines of the inspection said she was “pleased with the start of this process”, which will lead “to the creation of three centers for children, which will constitute a truly valuable resource for the rights of children and their families with an improvement in the quality of life, which will contribute to the development of an educational culture for children “.

“The participation of a childcare service – Nicolò added – in a young child’s life not only produces profound transformations at the relational and experiential level of the child, but has a positive impact on the family world. The availability of a good quality service to whom entrusting your child with trust is a fundamental element in ensuring women the opportunity to resume or take a job after becoming mothers. It is therefore an important tool for achieving gender equality and improving the economic conditions for. working enthusiastically to support this project with a view to the education network and interinstitutional synergy “.

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