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We Have Become an Educating Village

We Have Become an Educating Village

Project OpenSpace in the "Contrada Tesoro" School Paper

Reading the coloured pages of "Contrada Tesoro," a school paper published by the Istituto comprensivo B. Grimaldi - L. Lombardi  in Bari, a hub school for Project OpenSPACE, Giovanna Cipolla is reminded of the old African proverb: “An entire village is needed to educate a child.”

“In these four years, we have collaborated and cooperated in perfect synergy with the educational community at IC Grimaldi Lombardi (as with all the other partner schools of Project OpenSpace) with the common goal of providing new educational opportunities to everyone, without leaving anyone behind,” explains Giovanna who coordinated activities for the Fondazione Mondo Digitale. “In the end, we really did become a village because of our common objectives, our vision, our experiences, and the changes we experienced together (including two years of pandemic), as well as our shared happiness and satisfaction.”

“We met the students, who are presented in the school paper, three years ago. I remember the words of one student at the end of the first videomaking lab in the Innovation Gym: “For once I like doing something and you end it?”

“The fervid curiosity with which the students accepted our proposals – first through smiles, then via monitors, and then with dreamy eyes behind masks – was the true driver of our actions.”

“Reading that our activities helped orient some of them, before the beginning of a new school year, that drove some of them discover their hidden talents or simply taught them the importance of not giving up, fills our entire “village” with joy and confirms our desire for a school as large as the world, as Giovanni Rodari wrote and Tullio De Mauro loved to quote.

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