30 years after the mafia massacres, celebrated tomorrow in Palermo. Bianchi: “Education in legality must be the focal point of our school”

A school that preserves and recreates the memory of all and all those who have lost their lives due to criminal violence.

It’s the one that will be found in Palermo tomorrow, Monday, May 23rdon the occasion of XXX anniversary of the Capaci and Via D’Amelio massacres: about thousand students and studentsfrom the territory and from all over Italy, will be present at the memorial service with the Minister of Education, Patrizio Bianchi, and to the President of the Falcone Foundation, Maria Falcone.

The delegation of young people to take part in the initiatives will not be the only sign of the school’s willingness to be present and testify to the significant link between education and the fight against the mafia. The city of Palermo will host 1,400 sheets made by 1,070 schools which accepted the appeal of the Ministry of Education and the Falcone Foundation, launched through the Communication #TheMemoryOfAll. Rita Atria, Peppino Impastato, Don Pino Puglisi, Libero Grassi, Pio La Torre, Lia Pipitone, Piersanti Mattarella, Rocco Chinnici: students in recent weeks have elaborated on the story of some women and men who have been killed by mafia violence and have decorated the sheets whites – which the Palermitans used in 1992, in the wake of the massacres, to demonstrate their revolt – with illustrations and messages derived from their reflection. They arrived in Palermo from all over Italy, from Como to Favignana, from Rivoli to Lampedusa. They will be posted in the Foro Italico Umberto I, the place where the official celebration will be held, and on the balconies of the citizens who have agreed to exhibit them during the project period.

“Laying education is and must be the cornerstone of our school – declares the Minister of Education, Patrizio Bianchi -. In recent years, the girls and boys have wanted to know and participate. This year, they do so through the symbol of the ark, which means bourgeois conscience but also solidarity and citizenship. As a ministry, we have also decided to strengthen our activities in this area and to make one million euros available. In fact, we are publishing a notice addressed to third sector associations on the implementation of education projects and courses on issues of legality and the fight against mafia in our schools – emphasizes the Minister -. Italy has preserved the memory of women and men in the state who fought against the mafia. And it has done so in these thirty years also through schools, the place where the germ of a society sprouts, which must become ever more just and just ”.

“Thirty years is a generation’s time. Today’s children – he declares Maria Falcone, President of the Falcone Foundation – in 1992 they were not yet born, so now more than ever it is important to cultivate the memory of facts and people that have changed the history of our country. We wanted to dedicate this special occasion to them. This year, too, we have had the Italian schools by our side, the teachers who, despite thousands of difficulties, have worked to bring the culture of legality and respect for the values ​​of democracy and justice among the children and have accepted our invitation: give life to their creativity by making a sheets dedicated to a victim of the mafia. More than 1,000 have arrived at the foundation, a sign that the school has once again responded with enthusiasm to our call, and that these thirty years have not gone in vain ”.

The initiatives

Minister Bianchi will participate with the female students in the institutional event “La memoria di tutti. Italy, Palermo thirty years later”, which will take place in the presence of the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarellatomorrow, Monday, May 23rdto Italian Forum Umberto I in Palermo, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.and will be broadcast live Rai Uno.

On the initiative of the judges Giovanni Falcone, Paolo Borsellino, Francesca Morvillo and the escort agents Agostino Catalano, Walter Eddie Cosina, Rocco Dicillo, Vincenzo Li Muli, Emanuela Loi, Antonio Montinaro, Vito Schifani and Claudio Traina, killed by Cosa Nostra in 1992 will also be present, Luigi Di Maiothe Minister of the Interior, Luciana LamorgeseMinister of Justice, Marta Cartabiathe Minister of Universities and Research, Maria Cristina Messathe Chief of Police, Lamberto Gianninithe national anti-mafia accuser, Giovanni Melillothe prosecutor in Rome, Francesco Lo YouChairman of the Falcone Foundation, Maria Falcone.

In the afternoon, after 17that Minister Bianchi will be in Capaci, at the Giardino della Memoria Quarto Savona Quindici, to attend the Moment of Silence, played at 5:58 p.m., the time of the massacre, along with Tina Montinaro, wife of Agent Antonio Montinaro, to the students. At the same time belowFalcone woodin via Notarbartolo, in front of what was once the judge’s house, a trumpeter from the state police will play Silence in honor of the victims and the names of those killed in the attacks on Capaci and Via d’Amelio will be read. Will be present with students and citizens, including Maria Falcone and the Chair of the Chamber of Deputies, Roberto Fico.

It will be possible to follow today’s story and listen directly to the voices of the young people who will participate in the event through the social channels of the Ministry of Education and the Falcone Foundation via the hashtag #LaMemoriadiTutti.

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