The town of Caserta is the first in Italy to bring in educational internships for asylum seekers in school. One of the first two interns will be engaged in garden maintenance and the other will assist in office activities for five months.
Italian schools are getting involved in refugee reception activities, with the first school to bring in educational internships for asylum seekers in Caserta. The project is called 'Growing Together' and will be implemented in collaboration with the Solidarci cooperative and ARCI of Terra di Lavoro.
Two asylum seekers to work at the school
From November 12 and for five months, two interns will be working in the school. One will be involved in the maintenance of the greenery around the school and the other will help in front office work. ''This challenge is enthusiastically shared by the council of the institute,'' said the school director of the Fifth Educational Circle, Francesco Mezzacapo, ''because schools, as noted in Law 107 of 2015, must be a place of inclusion and sharing. The Fifth Educational Circle will be the pioneer of an experience that could spread to other Italian schools. We are proud that Caserta is the first school to open its doors to those who have asked and been granted humanitarian protection in our country.''
Through SPRAR funds
'Growing Together' involves two recipients of international protection welcomed into the Protection System for Asylum Seekers and Refugees, SPRAR, in the Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Succivo and Gricignano d'Aversa municipalities. The internship activities will be financed with SPRAR funds from the interior ministry and the National Association of Italian Municipalities, ANCI. Mara Vitiello from Solidarci and Angelo Ferillo from ARCI stressed that SPRAR aims to train refugees for work in order to enable them to become autonomous and that this is the second project of the sort in the city.