Continue with Ius Scholae, because in school you learn to unite

In school you learn to unite. Building bridges and breaking down walls, often erected out of fear. You learn to show solidarity. Of course, it does not always succeed. But the very mission of the school community is this: to value all diversity, to grow in respect and equality. For this reason, the provision on Ius Scholae, which has finally come up for debate in the Chamber, contains the cornerstone for putting an end to injustice.

Hundreds of thousands of girls and boys, who are Italians in all but the bureaucracy, live in conditions of full integration thanks to their school experience. These are young people who live in social cohabitation but formally do not belong to any society. Citizens of facts, but not of law. This bill can restore dignity to the young people who in the morning live a normality of sharing, inclusion, human and supportive growth, while outside the school walls they endure a bureaucratic vision of injustice and in some ways misleading the concept of citizenship.

The bill focuses on the continuity of legal residence in Italy and, above all, it focuses on an indisputable fact: the school’s strength to carry out the action we all recognize: addressing any inequality, any divide, proposing processes of genuine integration. Be the maximum expression of art. 3, c. 2 of our beloved Constitution. Being a citizen today means, first and foremost, welcoming the values ​​of a society in itself. Values ​​that, in addition to any qualification, promote and defend daily school life.

I am thinking of the incessant work of teachers, whole school staff in this sense. Because teaching is not only about transferring notions, but contributing to the conscious growth of female students and students. A conscious growth that makes the natural acceptance of the other a resource for a personal, human enrichment, which establishes bonds between people in a brotherhood perspective.

This law rightly places the responsibility for inclusion processes in the school. The entire school community, students, pupils and staff are in the front row to ask for approval. The school cycle is already in itself an integration exam. Girls and boys of all origins and backgrounds who grew up in Italy, thanks to the school have welcomed and welcome the values ​​and customs of Italian society in themselves.

We must have the courage to open our eyes, clear our horizons of xenophobia, prejudice, anachronistic boundaries, provide certainty in legal matters as to what the school and the whole society have been able to do better and before any norm. We must have the courage to free these children and young people from a limbo of legal and bureaucratic indifference. They have the right to participate in competitions, to be active and passive citizens, to compete by representing the country that raised them.

This provision is not a threat to the institutions. This bill provides, if anything, new antibodies to the Republic. Antibodies that protect civilian life and democracy. This bill represents hope for the country. To those who, even in these hours and in the absence of serious political arguments obsessed, repeat the only objection that Ius Scholae “is not a priority,” the exact opposite must be answered. Not only is the chorus about priorities frankly tiring – when a law is right, it’s always a good time to pass it. But the purpose of Ius Scholae fits perfectly into the time we live.

At a time when Europe is devastated by war conflicts, after terrible years of pandemics, we are called to account. The responsibility to work every day to reduce and not accentuate social fragmentation. The responsibility to include and not to divide. The responsibility to act as true Democrats in the interest of all. This bill is the signal that politics is able to recognize the needs of each individual, make a synthesis and defend common values, take sides with the weakest and most needy.

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