Cultural entrust the project to combat educational poverty

“Dduring children’s shows, I always saw the same faces, the same families who belonged to the same social class, and my thoughts were directed to all the others who were deprived of the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of culture, he recalls. Ivan Esposito as with twenty years of experience in theater activities for children, he devised the project Cultural transfer precisely to offer the opportunity a children who do not normally have the habit or opportunity to go to the theater, cinema, museums or educational farmsto discover the cultural and artistic heritage of their city.

Who are the “foster families”

With them are actually the “foster families”, ie families, couples without children and single peoplewho suggests getting them to live a cultural experience, supported by a family member or a guardian for the child.

“It simply came to our notice then the bond of friendship created between “foster family” and “foster family” is much more effective than the intervention of the social worker or educational institution, which could make cultural activity a duty;. We, on the other hand, want to make these moments a habit built on the pleasure of sharing, “says Esposito, explaining that the children involved between the ages of 5 and 12 usually have a cultural gap due to financial difficulties, but also language, physical and social barriers.

The project “Cultural assignment”.

Stories of culturally trusted children

How Alessandro, Francesco and Paolothree siblings living in a family home and, thank you too Cultural transferthrough visits to the museum and theatrical workshops, accompanied by an operator from the center and their biological father, they managed to indulge in moments of leisure and rebuild a family relationship.

While Anna, a twelve-year-old from Ghana, was culturally entrusted to Fabrizia and Giovannia childless couple with a humanistic background, who became another family for the girl, who until then had grown up without cultural stimuli and social relationships.

However, preventing Ottavio’s carefree and cultural activity was a disadvantaged family context: the mother was subjected to violence from her husband. Lucia has taken the child into cultural care, who is now enjoying herself with books and shows while the mother tries to restore his psychophysical well-being.

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How to fight educational poverty together

There are many families or socially responsible citizens there they apply themselves on the website for Cultural transfer to offer thisan opportunity for mutual growth and real social inclusion.

“To point out, the families are associations, host communities for migrants, parish priests in the suburbs and teachers with whom we arrange meetings to illustrate the project. We have set up a network of third sector entities to help us match the interests of individual children, psychosocial and logistical needs with the time available and the needs of the foster families, ”says the creator of the project.

The cultural assignment app

Thanks to the support of the social enterprise With the kids and the network established with cultural partners, the project started in Naples, Bari, Modena and Rome to combat educational poverty, was also copied in Milan and then reached in the latter period Cagliari, Teramo and Arezzo.

Everything is controlled byapp Cultural transfer, on which the associated cultural realities can be selected. The “foster families” are made available virtual currencies called “e-ducats”, with which you “pay” the entrance ticket, free for children and discount for the family member. including snack, bus and petrol bonus for travel.

Cultural activities do not go on holiday

It’s not about sporadic activities, but about a trail that includes 29 cultural events throughout the year. “We do not even stop in the summer, we anticipate summer camps of about 2 weeks, often promoted by the same cultural realities as in the case of City of Science in Naples, ”adds Esposito, revealing the satisfaction he feels on a daily basis, by tracing enthusiasm, curiosity and attention in the eyes of the children involved.

In front of, for example, the Veiled Christ in Naples or to visit and perform activities in the Cinecittà in Rome, the theaters in Bari, the bourgeois museums in Modena, many children discover the power of culture that makes them conscious little citizens as well as attentive students.

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The future of the project

To show interest in Cultural transfer there are more and more municipal administrations and third sector realities, so much so that the project is constantly growing, as Esposito repeats. “We aim to better structure ourselves in some cities that are already involved, and at the same time also get to new centers like Palermo and Taranto, which always adapt to the needs of the places “, he concludes, anticipating the intention to propose summer camps in villages at risk of depopulation, and which also favors the detention of territories, in order to activate a change all together, move towards cultural sharing.


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