We welcome the future: new space dedicated to Ukrainian children (14/06/2022)

The principles of this care in the interior design of the rooms are:

  • every space needs intentionality;
  • environments must be suitable for children;
  • environments and spaces must be tidy and clean, but also beautiful and harmonious;
  • spaces and environments need participation;
  • each environment must have a clear function and intended use;

The goal is that these places and the various activities that take place there are really orienteering for children (and potentially also for parents) in the name of relaunching their own resources, aspirations or the discovery and / or construction of the same.

The goal of “We welcome the future”

Give children back a lost routine and sense of normalcy due to the emergency.

By routine and normality we mean all the typical aspects of a child’s daily life, aspects common to all cultures in the world. Moments that consist of schedules and appointments, play, creativity, stimulation, experimentation, listening, sharing.

In that sense, the child is encouraged, regardless of the time he has to spend in the reception center, to leave a contribution and his own trace, it is therefore encouraged to personalize the space that becomes his own as well as everyone’s.

The activities

Within the spaces “Welcome to the future”, the diverse activities will be structured in such a way that they create a routine and at the same time restore a clear order in the space around the children. The rules are few, clear and common to be a tool that children get used to living with.

The introduction of the rules is gradual, especially if there are many new children who have just arrived. Within the activity and the structured timelines, the children’s suggestions are encouraged.

A manageable organization allows children to have constant reference points during the period they go to the square dedicated to them, and it guarantees on the one hand a better management of the workshops, on the other hand greater peace of mind for the children.

The activities performed in the room will mainly be of three types:

1.Unstructured activities, such as group play, free drawing and material manipulation. This type of activity will be carried out especially when the number of attendances is high and it is therefore more difficult to organize thematic workshops.

2.Structured activities, in addition to more purely didactic activities, also the school’s creative activities such as the creation of objects. This type of workshop will primarily be conducted with children who have been present for several days, and will also be functional in terms of personalization and appropriation of the environments.

3.Activities that serve as historical memory. The idea is that children through this activity can help build their own place, leaving a mark on their passage and a testimony to those who will come after them. We attach great importance to this aspect because we believe that such an activity provides stability, hope for the child and gives it a sense of security. Knowing that many follow the same path gives the child a point of reference. The same event, however dramatic it may be, can represent a part of one’s story lived as a constructive experience.

Training and supervision activities:

Of course, psycho-pedagogical training activities are also offered for professional and volunteer staff, to support adults involved in the delicate process of welcome and inclusion with concrete tools. These activities are aimed at promoting resilience, hope and planning in a context of social and educational emergency involving the whole community and strengthening the personal as well as the professional sphere. The intention is to consolidate people, environments and contexts to anticipate, prevent, deal with the difficulties and the great changes that are taking place. The themes addressed with a multidisciplinary approach focus not only on the supply of psycho-pedagogical tools, but on strengthening positive abilities such as hope, resilience and prefiguration. The ultimate goal is to promote the extraordinary possibilities of the human mind and share practical tools that can help individuals and the whole to transform the discomfort of uncertainty into will and attention.

Psychopedagogical supervision in acute contexts is an orientation moment, driven by professionals in the helping relationship and the work team. The aim is to promote the individual operator’s psychophysical health and to work for constant monitoring of the goals and the quality of the efforts that children and young people benefit from. Psychopedagogical supervision is a moment of listening and recovery to better understand the difficulties and efforts associated with being in relation to families, children and young people in relation to severe marginalization or difficulties due to trauma. It supports groups in making choices, dealing with problematic situations, improving the quality of relationships by offering a space and time to prevent, contain, deal with and counter the inevitable fatigue by being in constant relationship with problematic contexts, promoting expression of thoughts, feelings, reflections, concerns, criticalities, promotion of the emergence and spread of educational resources and potentials, new educational-relational strategies and practices; activate a reflection on the pedagogical and affective role, in order to accompany the relationship between the educator and the child / young person, or between the educator and the parents, activate a reflection on the pedagogical role and on the assumption of responsibility.

The Patrizio Paoletti Foundation’s 20-year experience is aimed at teachers and professionals (teachers, professors, instructors, social workers).

Foreshadowing the Future to Enhance Hope and Planning: Methods and Techniques to Enhance Hope and Planning (PF) is a national training course conceived and designed by the Patrizio Paoletti Foundation (FPP), born in 2017 after the earthquake that struck central Italy. Over the years, the project has evolved and dedicated itself to sharing scientific and pedagogical knowledge about the extraordinary power of the mind to transform pain and difficulty into moments of crisis, adversity, and change. The goal is to empower people and contexts by helping individuals develop greater awareness, take back their lives and herald the future even in times of strong social change. In its four years of existence, the project has reached more than 35 thousand people and boasts cooperation with several institutions, universities and associations throughout Italy, including the Council of Ministers’ Department of Civil Protection, Sapienza University of Rome, University of Padua. Particularly in 2020 and 2021, following the Covid-19 health emergency, the project was also dedicated to the support of educators, prison police, aid professionals from the Juvenile Justice Center in the Campania region and to the training of operators and inmates at Padua Detention Center. Foreshadowing the Future is a generative project of inclusive contexts. Inclusion is understood as the possibility of providing access to available resources to all, given that the inadequacy and difficulty one finds to live concerns not only individuals but society as a whole. For these reasons, the project promotes the co-construction of a solidarity value system, where the well-being of the individual is strongly linked to the whole, and offers children, families and operators practical tools to position crises and changes in a meaningful horizon.course that protects children and young people , transforms fragility into strength and determination. The main intention of the project is to offer practical tools to promote resilience, understood as the ability of the individual, group and society to meet, overcome, emerge stronger from negative experiences

Based on this premise and from a multidisciplinary perspective – psychological, pedagogical, sociological, pedagogical, etc. the purpose of the training is to make the adults of the community resilient guardians.

Methodology

The interventions of FPP and FADV are designed and implemented in accordance with a methodology codified by Pedagogy for the third millennium, an education system that works for the development of the individual and the improvement of human relationships. Among the basic and basic goals:

Welcome to a “positive and safe place”, where everyone without discrimination can feel accepted in their unique character, are invited to participate in activities that restore value and dignity to their life story, for experiences.

Create the most favorable conditions for children to regain normalcy and regeneration.

Activation and facilitation, through psychoeducational activities and playful moments, the RESILIENCE process that children and adults can initiate

FAVD will provide specialized teams consisting of educators, psychologists and cultural mediators so that communication with children, mothers, parents and family members can all be direct and facilitate the relationship. FPP will provide specialized teams of psychologists and psychotherapists to offer practical tools to promote resilience, understood as the ability of the individual, group and society to face, overcome and emerge stronger from negative experiences.

It is a proven intervention practice developed in Italy and abroad over the years and perfected especially during the Syrian emergency since 2013 and in the various projects that FPP and FADV have carried out in welcoming migrants, both unaccompanied foreign minors and children received with their families. The work of the educators is supported by a large group of volunteers, who take turns in organized shifts.

“” When I travel up here, I light up for everyone, from India to Peru, from the Tiber to the Dead Sea, and my rays travel without passports “(Gianni Rodari).” I borrow the words of this poem because it explains what moved Giunta: the desire to build spaces where a world without passports does not know of wars or violence committed in the name of power. A place that is open to everyone, a place where good gestures are experienced, gestures of attention, respect and care. Handles and words that build bridges “, he comments Elena Galli, Councilor for Social and Housing Policies, Corsico Municipality.

We have created this project to improve the resources for those facing the most difficult consequences of this serious historical moment, resources that are innate abilities in our brain, such as resilience, hope and prediction. The pursuit of a new self-awareness can help both children and adults to face adversity and to grow togetherAnd. What happens affects us all: Individual well-being is never separated from the collective, the quality of life and human relations is always to the benefit of the whole society “, he says. Patrizio Paoletti, President of the Patrizio Paoletti Foundation

“We are very happy and proud that the municipality of Corsico wanted to trust that we are managing this space dedicated to children. A service that has been added to the other four similar spaces that we have built in Italy in recent months. In fact, in Corsico, we are also active in Perugia, Genoa, Naples and Catanzaro, this is the last part of the great commitment made by the Foundation to welcome and help, at the Ukrainian borders and in Italy, children and women fleeing the war “, comments Isabella Catapano, Director-General of the L’Albero della Vita Onlus Foundation.

“This is a project that takes place in areas like Corsico, where it is important to create opportunities for all children. That is why our intervention, in addition to helping and integrating Ukrainian families, builds a territorial presence consisting of opportunities for support and integration for all “, comments Giuseppe Di Rienzo, project manager for Italy Foundation L’Albero della Vita Onlus.

In the photos, the room is dedicated to hospitality

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