“Tools to grow”, CDP Foundation and Con in Bambini invest 3 million for young people in the South

“Tools to grow”, CDP Foundation and Con in Bambini invest 3 million for young people in the South (Teleborsa) – Investing in the education of new generations and in human capital, helps to bridge the digital divide between North and South and create a positive economic and social impact on the territory. These are the main purposes of “Tools for growth” tender worth 3 million euros promoted by CDP Funds and fromsocial activity with children as part of the Fund for Combating Youth Education Poverty, to support the development of scientific and technological skills in young people in the South.

The social background, family context and the territory in which one lives – emphasizes the CDP in a note – still have a great influence on the level of education and thus on inclusion in working life. Without sufficient skills, the education courses of young people could be limited or interrupted, underlining the differences in social inclusion between northern, central and southern Italy. To help bridge this gap, the CDP Foundation and Con in Bambini have therefore decided to invest in the education of minors in the most isolated contexts in the South. The call actually intends to support the projects carried out in municipalities which are not the capital of the province of Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Puglia, Sardinia, Sicily, with greater attention to the most vulnerable groups from an economic, social and cultural point of view.

Specifically, the planned initiatives will have a purpose develop skills in students between the ages of 11 and 17 in the digital field and in the STEAM disciplines (from the English acronym: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). Furthermore, innovative pedagogical and didactic models will have to be experimented with through digital tools (gamification, digital learning, coding), in order to stimulate creativity and transfer useful skills also in a future career path. Finally, activities can be proposed to raise awareness among young people about the values ​​of legality, sustainability and active citizenship.

Projects must be submitted per partnerships formed by at least one school and two entities in the third sector and may also involve universities, private and public bodies. Each proposal must have one minimum duration of 36 months and maximum 48 and can receive one contributions from 200 thousand up to 500 thousand euros.

The selection of a body responsible for carrying out impact assessment to evaluate the effectiveness of the projects funded by the call and the changes generated both by the beneficiaries and by the reference communities.

“Faced with today’s many challenges, issues such as education, technological innovation and social inclusion are crucial for Italy. In this context – he confirmed Giovanni Gorno Tempini, President of the CDP Foundation – the announcement that we publish today together with the social enterprise Con in Bambini, with which we share the same goals of combating educational poverty and school dropout in southern Italy, is back. As proof of our commitment to promoting sustainable development and social and territorial cohesion, we have chosen to strengthen interventions in the south, an area to which we will devote at least 40% of resources in 2022 until we reach the 50% target. next three years., for initiatives also in collaboration with other foundations and institutional actors. The CDP Foundation intends to continue investing in new generations and in the formation of human capital to contribute to a development process that is a driving force for sustainable growth for the entire country “.

“The gap between North and South affects children and young people in particular. Strengthening the basic skills of minors by promoting STEAM disciplines in provincial contexts in the southern regions – he stated Marco Rossi Doria, President of Con i Bambini – is a first step in trying to overcome this gap. The family of origin, the area in which you live, still has too much of an impact on the level of education and skills that minors are able to achieve. According to the latest Istat data, 30 percent of those enrolled in the second year of high school in the 2018-19 school year did not reach a sufficient level of reading skills. In the southern regions, the percentage of minors who do not have sufficient mathematical skills is equal to 53%, the availability of a PC and an Internet connection is on average less than 60%, and the proportion of people with sufficient digital skills falls to 17%. Reversing this route is a civic duty as set out in Art. 3 of the Constitution and a push towards coherence and sustainable development, which is based on widespread knowledge. ”

(Teleborsa) 10-05-2022 16:04

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