The humanitarian organization INTERSOS is offering free courses in Italian and English as well as civic education and cultural mediation in Rome to facilitate the integration of foreign citizens in difficulty. The courses are part of the "Social Network" project, sponsored by the Region of Lazio with the Operative Programme of the Region of Lazio, supported by the European Social Fund.
The initiative is being carried out in collaboration with International Language School, and the free courses will start in March.
Free courses for migrant empowerment
In a statement, INTERSOS said the free courses are aimed at "empowering the migrant population and are therefore reserved for foreign citizens in conditions of socio-economic fragility living in Lazio legally with regards to stay permit requirements."
The courses set to begin in March include: Italian level A0 (30 hours); Italian level A1 (40 hours); Italian level A2 (40 hours); Civic Education (30 hours); Beginner English (40 hours); Intermediate English (40 hours); and Intercultural Mediation (300 classroom hours plus 150 internship hours).
The courses are limited to 20 participants each and will take place at International Language School in Via Tibullo 16 in Rome.
At the end of each course, participants will receive a certificate of attendance.
The A2 level course prepares participants to take the exam required for those applying for a long-term stay permit. The exam can be taken for free once participants finish the language course as well as the civic education course.
Initiative sponsored by INTERSOS24 center in Rome
INTERSOS said the free courses are sponsored as part of the activities conducted by the INTERSOS24 center (https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/5561/picture-of-the-day-8
) which was inaugurated in the Roman neighborhood of Torre Spaccata in November 2017 as a reception center for minor migrants and mothers in transit with children.
INTERSOS said the center was created as "a space made available to the neighborhood, an inclusive social service, with a health clinic open to all, also to Romans in difficulty, to contribute to true integration with the area's residents". In addition to the health clinic, the day center's main activities available to guests in transit include legal consulting, psychological support, information services, job placement and training.