The second Roman summer of Ukrainian children: 127 are enrolled in summer camps

From mid-June, the activity will continue until the end of July, involving children and young people, 30% of whom come from the Kiev region, a further 60% from the Odessa and Lviv region. Initiative of the Lazio Volunteer Service Center with the Cemea del Mezzogiorno, thanks to the support of the Paolo Bulgari Foundation and the patronage of Roma Capitale

ROM – 127 members, mainly men and in the age group between 6 and 10 years. This is the profile of the minors participating in the activities of “Welcome to Rome – Summer Centers for Ukrainian children aged 6 to 14”, which was presented today in Rome at IC Gianni Rodari.
This is an important summer reception initiative for minors from Ukraine run by the Lazio Volunteer Service Center together with Cemea del Mezzogiorno thanks to the support of the Paolo Bulgari Foundation, with the protection of Roma Capitale – Department of Policies Social and Health and with the support of the Department of Education, Training and Occupation.

This collaboration has made it possible to activate 5 centers in as many schools in the capital aimed at minor refugees from Ukraine, which is offered a welcoming environment where they can play with socialize with others and learn the basics of the Italian language. . The children involved are often (but not only) guests in the hotels of the civil protection system in Lazio, and the choice of schools, mainly peripheral, was made on the basis of proximity to hotels, Ukrainian communities, neighborhoods where it is most their presence is strong and connected to the public transport network. The schools hosting the centers are: IC Gianni Rodari in via Niobe 52 (Morena area), IC Guicciardini (Baccarini building), IC Via dell’Aereporto (Quadraro area), IC Mozart in via Castel Porziano 516 (Ostia ), IC Guido Milanesi in via Tropea 26 (Appia Nuova).
At the express request of the Ukrainian community, a sixth summer camp was activated in Santa Sofia Parish, which made suitable places available for the activities to which 70 young people are enrolled.

From mid-June, the activity will continue until the end of July, involving children and young people, 30% of whom come from the Kiev region, a further 60% from the Odessa and Lviv region. Among the members were also some children from the most violent cities of the war: Mariupol, Chernighiv and Ivano-Frankivsk.
“Civil protection estimates that 60% of the Ukrainian population in hotels are under the age of 18 – stressed Giulio Cederna, director of the Bulgari Foundation – a very important figure. The Roman scholastic institutions have done much, they have been able to offer the progressive incarceration of several of these children ”.
Apart from those who wanted to follow the Ukrainian school program in DAD, the data released by the municipality of Rome and the Lazio Regional School Office speak of 961 children and young people in the country in war received in state schools. But with the closure of the institutes, the problem of cultural and social isolation arose, of creating alternatives to being indoors in front of a smartphone. “So we thought about what was best to do, always keep the schools at the center, as it is in the foundation’s DNA: to support the educating community and the periphery.” But not only: “The project was also designed to bring children and families closer to the Italian school system and create moments of interaction with Italian children”.

“This initiative was an opportunity to show that even a periphery is able to welcome – stressed Cristina Brugnaro, President of the Cemea del Mezzogiorno and Councilor of the Lazio Volunteer Service Center – an activity that is very important for us, precisely because it concretely experiences the pedagogical alliances that are so useful and so important ”.
“In synergy with the department of the school – explained the councilor for social policies and health in the capital of Rome, Barbara Funari – we have created a real model of hospitality to provide an important answer to the Ukrainian families who are guests in the capital. Our goal was to meet the needs of those fleeing the war and to offer services as close as possible, also with the choice of structures in outlying areas and arranging transport by bus.Rome wants to continue to welcome and schools, if necessary, are already ready for September too ”.

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