"Schools of Peace" - Community of Sant'Egidio - € 30,000
The UniCredit Foundation supports the Community of Sant'Egidio to combat the health emergency and close the learning gap
In Italy, the health emergency is causing phenomena of aggravated poverty throughout the country.
Poverty manifests itself in many areas of daily, personal and social life, and creates a danger of isolation and social exclusion for all those who previously found themselves in vulnerable situations and at risk of exclusion.
The latest Istat report on the Millennium Development Goals - published in May 2020 - indicates that already in 2018, 27.3% of the population (around 16 million 400 thousand individuals) was at risk of poverty or social exclusion, with large regional disparities, especially between Northern and Southern Italy. 6.5% of families and
7.8% of individuals were in absolute poverty. The absolute individual poverty rate was equal to 10.2% in the South, while in the North and in the Center it was equal to 6.8% and 5.8% of the population respectively.
Some of the most serious consequences of the pandemic include school and community center closures and children being confined to their homes. All this has put a heavy strain on both children and families, with forms of educational and cultural deprivation that are creating a very high risk of early school dropout and dispersion.
Increased poverty therefore risks generating new forms of cultural marginalization.
Faced with this social and educational emergency, the Community of Sant'Egidio has expressed great concern for all children and in particular for primary school pupils, who, especially in the suburbs, have often been unable to access online classes and are at risk of serious delays in their schooling.
The Community of Sant'Egidio has therefore concentrated its commitment on those children who are most vulnerable and suffering the greatest negative consequences of remote learning.
During this time of social distancing, the extent of educational poverty and the number of children exposed to different forms of hardship grows. For many years, the Community has been carrying out initiatives to support vulnerable children through the Schools of Peace. Sant'Egidio has always focused on the world of children in difficulty with an educational offer to integrate children from different social and cultural backgrounds, supporting them in their schooling, while at the same time promoting
education for peace, solidarity and respect for nature.
The Schools of Peace are committed to promoting education, the best way to offer a brighter future to children. At the School of Peace, no one is left behind.
There are many stories that testify to this. During this health emergency, Sant'Egidio wanted to boost the Schools of Peace service and find new solutions to help children. Through its appeals, volunteers, associations and religious bodies have been involved in the various initiatives to help children, raising awareness in institutions and public opinion over recent months, to help implement useful activities to close the educational gap, in compliance with all the government measures to curb the spread of the infection, to ensure no child is left behind. The Project includes activities for 200 vulnerable children in a state of poverty, at risk of dispersion, early school dropout and social exclusion in the cities of Milan, Rome and Naples.
The Partner - The Community of Sant'Egidio
Sant'Egidio is a Christian community founded in 1968, right after the second Vatican Council. On the initiative of Andrea Riccardi, it was established in a secondary school in the center of Rome. Over the years, it has become a network of communities in more than 70 countries worldwide. The Community focuses on the margins of society, bringing together men and women of all ages and conditions, united by a fraternal bond through listening to the Gospel and a voluntary and free commitment to the poor and peace.