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On the educational side, we have reached an agreement between the local school, Northlands Primary School in Pietermaritzburg, and the Italian primary School, Niccolò Machiavelli in San Casciano, to start a cultural and social exchange of experiences of daily academic life between the children of the two classes.
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has been supporting some children attending the Northlands Primary School in Pietermaritzburg, with uniforms, meals, enrolments fees and stationary for about four years now. All of them are from indigent families who wouldn't have had the possibility of schooling. Graziella Maggesi Moyes is the Executive Officer of this NGO in Pietermaritzburg.
During the meeting that took place on June 23rd 2012 in Florence, the idea was proposed of a Tuscan elementary school to be paired (twinning) to Northlands Primary School. This contact would be of mutual advantage for the two classes, an opportunity for the development and understanding of both, which could result in enlarging their horizons and appreciation & knowledge of different peoples.
Pupils of the 3rd Grade and about 40 students from the Northlands Primary School in Pietermaritzburg.
- To enlarge the intercultural horizons:
- To promote occasions of exchanges to mutual benefit:
Institute & Community
Support Società Dante Alighieri for "Friend Classes Project" and to enable us to provide scholarships to new or continuing students who, without this financial assistance, would be unable to participate in our classes.
Pietermaritzburg (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)
Capital of the province of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg is a town of about 800.000 inhabitants, in the eastern portion of the Republic of South Africa , 90 kilometers west of Durban. In KwaZulu-Natal Province, Pietermaritzburg is today an important academic and light-industrial center, and a hub of the rich agricultural industry.
San Casciano Val di Pesa (Florence, Italy)
Italian town of 17,247 inhabitants close to Florence, in Tuscany, located on the hills between the two valleys of the river Pesa and the river Greve.
San Casciano is a community very much aware of international co-operation and has an excellent record of welcoming & integrating foreigners into their town, for whom it organizes local cultural activities, including in the schools. In San Casciano they established over the years the “Forum of the Youths”, which is an organization promoting many different types of activities focused in the integration of foreigners “extracomunitari”, that consists of people who work in Italy but do not belong to the European Community. These activities are mainly based on cultural exchanges.
Each class will work on subjects previously agreed upon between the two schools with the use of various materials (drawings, photos, descriptions, stories, etc.). All the material produced by the children will be scanned and sent through email to the twinned class. Upon receipt of the transmitted material, each class will be encouraged to discuss what has been received in order to achieve the above objectives.