ONE large educational center in the Italian Apenninesone nurturing society that moves along the villages of four Italian regions that in recent years have been plagued by real seismic swarms, earthquakes that have followed and repeated and that have brought destruction and death and, in the long term, depopulation and educational and cultural impoverishment. It is for this reason thatsocial enterprise “With children” promote projects with the aim of combating educational poverty and giving children and young people the opportunity to live an important formative experience. The initiatives were told by two documentaries previewed this morning during 52nd edition of the Giffoni Film Festival. It’s about TERRE MUTATE by Alessandro Marinelli and KINTSUGI by Lorenzo Scaraggiboth produced by “Con i bambini” in collaboration with IF Learn to do. Present at the screenings, in addition to the two directors, the chairman of “With children”, Marco Rossi-Doria.
The founder of Giffoni did the honor, Claudio Gubitosi:”We have been working with Con i Bambini and Con il Sud Foundation for years and we are proud of it – he said – Just as we are proud to have Marco Rossi Doria with us. His testimony is of a life dedicated to children, young people and children. His experience is a guarantee for everyone”.
Representing the Campania Region, the Councilor for Vocational Education, Armida Filippelli. Also for her a life dedicated to the school as a head teacher, who worked in delicate social contexts with always innovative approaches: “I am very happy – he said – to find me here because you are truly a wonderful sight. Giffoni is the confirmation that when you have skills, imagination and vision, you can do very important things. Giffoni is an example of what human intelligence can do. Here, a wonderful opportunity has been created to give life to a gathering of young people living a very formative experience. I hope and am sure that this festival can become even bigger. I see the possibility of generating yet other things. The value of certain ideas also lies in the dissemination. I have spent my life fighting inequality and educational poverty. Institutions must be able to be close to young people, again and above all to those who are lost and want to reconnect with their future“.
Happy with the presence of Commissioner Filippelli in particular Marco Rossi-Doria who emphasized this at the beginning of his speech: “I’m happy – he said – that on this occasion you are the institution that is next to us today for this initiative“.
Subsequently, Rossi-Doria explained the birth of Con i Bambini, referring to the projects presented this morning in Giffoni.
“Italy – he has declared – it is a rich country, but characterized by a very important phenomenon of death rate. There are around nine million children and young people aged 0 to 18 in Italy today. Of these, a third live in poverty, unable to complete their schooling and determine the conditions for a fully dignified life. To address this phenomenon would require major public policies carried out, from government to government, continuously for at least thirty years. In 2016, the idea of creating a fund to fight educational poverty. The government decided at that time that it was necessary to trust an organization that was called to manage the fund. Fondazione Con il Sud was identified because it represented a virtuous example of managing resources in a serious way without waste and wastage. Thus, the social enterprise with children was born. For years it was run in an excellent manner by Carlo Borgomeo. I have been its president for a few months“.
Giffoni crosses the Foundation With the South and With Children ”thanks to the project Sixteen ways to say helloConceived and created by the Autonomous Giffoni Experience, selected by Con i Bambini in conjunction with the Foundation for the Contrast of Youth Education Poverty: “Put together – Rossi-Doria said about it – combating educational poverty and communication. In the selection of projects, we have the ambition to be at a truly European level in terms of quality. This project that has been selected is undoubtedly an activity of great value“.
Then a passage about the two documentaries presented to the jurors of Giffoni and the boys of Giffoni Impact!: “The two movies – have explained Marco Rossi-Doria – they have a landscape in common, and the landscape is the landscape of the earthquake-stricken areas of central Italy. In these areas, depopulation is a phenomenon that has been going on for twenty years, then the earthquake happened. As a social enterprise, we wanted to give life to an experimental project which, however, did not have the character of an urgent effort, but which was useful for the future of education in these countries, where children and young people had the right to an important education. experience. The two directors embraced these countries, these guys. And the result is the confirmation of this passion“.
The communications manager for Con i Bambini presented the two directors, Fabrizio Minnella:”We – he said – we are tasked with promoting change that can also be encouraged throughout history, as in this case“.
The two instructors present in the room were excited: “I expected – he said Alessandro Marinellidirector of Terre Mutate – to meet people who are very angry about what happened to their countries, to their homes. Instead, I found people rolling up their sleeves to rebuild their futures. In particular, I could see the determination of children and young people“. He echoes him Lorenzo Scaraggi who signed Kintsugi: “I never imagined – he said – to work with children. This film, made in times of pandemic, tells us how to be resilient and adapt to life, as the earthquake in these areas and covid taught us then”.
The two screenings were much appreciated. The images of the villages of the Apennines, the stories of these young people to tell with simplicity and passion, the activities proposed during the projects promoted by Con i Bambini, from music to reading through the cinema, have given the image of an effective initiative, designed for young people who are able to inspire hope and optimism for the future.