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30.11.2016 | fondazione zegna

Earthquake in Central Italy: learning hope from Cesvi

The “Resilient School” project supported by Fondazione Zegna is involving 4,000 people – primary and lower-middle school teachers and students – in the province of Ascoli Piceno and Fermo

Backpacks, pens and pencils, exercise books, setsquares and compasses, calculators, glue and paper for coloring. But above all psychological support everyday in the classroom, and not only. This is how the new academic year started for students at primary and lower-middle schools in the province of Ascoli Piceno and Fermo, the worst hit by the terrible earthquake on 24 August.

A ray of hope after so many days of rain thanks to “Resilient School”, a psycho-educational project being run by Cesvi and funded by Fondazione Zegna under the auspices of Ascoli Piceno and Fermo province’s Schools Department in collaboration with SIPEM SoS Marche (emergency psychologists association).

The stated objective is to restore day-to day-schooling to normality in the areas affected by the earthquake. It’s a goal that can only be achieved by first addressing the psychological needs of the children, who are direct and indirect victims of the trauma suffered by their families.

The project is involving around 4,000 direct beneficiaries, including the teachers and students of some 60 classes in primary and lower-middle schools in the province of Ascoli Piceno and Fermo and their parents or guardians.

Academic 2016/2017 has been divided into three phases:

- PHASE 1: addressing adults responsible for the students at and out of school;

- PHASE 2: addressing class groups;

- PHASE 3: addressing all the project’s beneficiaries.

The efficacy of these initiatives will be tested in the field before replicating the “Resilient School” project in other schools in and beyond the region of Le Marche.