Award ceremony for the winners of the competition focused on pathways to global, active and solidarity-based citizenship.
On 12 October, the award ceremony concluded the first edition school competition ‘Freedom, Rights, Duties: Italian citizenship and European membership’, promoted by the Ministry of Education and VentotenEuropa a network of companies. It was part of the Memorandum of Understanding aimed at promoting pathways of active and solidarity-based global citizenship inspired by the Ventotene Manifesto for a United Europe and the Italian Constitution per l’Europa Unita e alla Costituzione italiana.
The students produced creative works (texts, hypertexts, graphic illustrations and audio-visual pieces) to interpret the themes of interculturality, respect for diversity, the culture of hospitality and inclusion and promoting the historical, social and natural environment of the active places of European memory.
The ceremony was attended by Dr Stefano Versari, Head of the Department for Education and Training at the Ministry of Education; Stefano Cingolani, journalist and writer, expert in foreign policy and economics; Ambassador Armando Sanguini, ISPI senior advisor; Rosa Magiar, president of the VentotenEuropa business network and Massimiliano Boni, councillor of the Constitutional Court.
Class VIII E from the Gymnasium Albert Einstein in Berlin, led by teachers Cristiana Navalesi and Enrico Costa, were ranked first in the competition for lower secondary schools with the project entitled “Das ist unsre Welt!”. The motivations for the award emphasized how the work integrates different languages and becomes a metaphor for European citizenship understood as a union of different identities, cultures, languages and traditions in a single common home.
On behalf of the Office V – Directorate-General for the Promotion of the Country System of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Margherita Marziali, congratulated the winning class on behalf of the Ministry and also thanked the other Italian classes from the Einstein Gymnasium who took part in the initiative, together with the Italian sections at the Grundschule Doehrnstrasses in Hamburg and the Herman Nohl Schule in Berlin.