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Every child, for the simple reason of having been born, has the right to health, food, education, housing and to a life lived with dignity.

Every child has the right to be happy and to live a life to its fullest.

Education is a key component for the development and freedom of every human being, and as such must be considered a universal right.

Schooling project in Senegal, Gambia and India

Offer hundreds of children the opportunity to attend nursery school. The campaign Tutti a scuola con Energia – Sostieni a distanza una scuola materna provides for 5 Senegalese nursery schools, funding needs such as teachers’ trainings and salary, teaching materials, the possible rent of the facility and its ordinary and extraordinary maintenance.

The overall average cost per month for each school is 300 euros.

 

Education in Senegal: the importance of nursery schools

The importance of nursery schools is often underestimated, although it is essential for the socio-economic development of a country. While it accustoms children to going to school from the earliest years of life, thus increasing the rate of participation in later levels of education, it also promotes women’s empowerment.

Multifuntional centre/nursery school in Bandoulou

The level and the quality of state schooling in Senegal are low. Current school facilities cannot sufficiently accommodate all the children who have reached the preschool and the compulsory age. Overcrowded classes accommodate on average between 50 and 70 children, many of whom must walk several kilometres to reach school. On top of that, parents often do not understand the importance of education and take children away from school to get help with housework and in the fields. All these components are slowing down or, worse still, interrupting the education of many Senegalese children. Also, to a large extent, they justify the high number of school dropouts and failures.

The nursery schools of the project Tutti a scuola con Energia are a safe environment where children can learn by playing, while their mothers carry out their activities. Keeping contact with these schools ensures that the progress of children and the pursuit of school programs are monitored.

Unfortunately, the weather conditions of Senegal, such as heavy rainfall and whirlwinds mainly concentrated in a limited period of the year, make it necessary and particularly onerous to frequently renovate the buildings.

How can the project be supported?

You can contribute with fixed monthly (30 euros), quarterly (90 euros), semi-annual (180 euros) or annual (360 euros) fees.

Nursery school in Sossob


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Alternatively, you can make a specific one-off donation to support one of the following costs: teaching materials, a teacher’s salary, the refurbishment of school furniture, extraordinary maintenance costs.

Non-violence and multiculturalism courses

The Nonviolence and Multicultural Education team is formed by volunteers who take the topic of nonviolence and multicultural education to heart. Both experts and non-experts in the field of education are included in the team. Together we work to promote the culture of nonviolence and solidarity between the new generations and those who take care of their education, understood in its broad sense. One of our objectives is to promote a network of schools for peace and nonviolence, that can link people, even of different generations, who feel that a paradigm shift in current education is possible and urgent. We carry out activities in schools in Rome and elsewhere, and organize awareness-raising events, trainings, and workshops for both students and adults. During those activities, we share our points of view, we analyse the educational tools that are useful to our activities, and we can learn from each other.

We always need new volunteers to join our team! Anyone who has the topic of nonviolence education at heart and believes in multiculturalism and solidarity will find in this team a valid way to use their energies and their creativity. In addition to the activities described above, we are always looking for new ways to communicate what we do and grow our project. That’s why you do not need specific knowledge to start working with us. Those who want to participate will find the opportunities to deepen their training and the meaning of their actions, in a cheerful, inclusive and constructive environment.

What are you waiting for? For information about our activities and to participate, please contact: +39 3200519644 (Edoardo), +39 3342060665 (Angela), or email: edoardo.calizza@gmail.com

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Italy-Senegal-Gambia school twinning programme

The twinning started in 2010 with the project Attraverso l’educazione verso la Nazione Umana Universale (Through education towards the Universal Human Nation), supported by the European Community. Its aim is to establish a direct correspondence between the classes of Italian institutions and those of our schools in Senegal and Gambia. During the school year, students in both countries are encouraged to produce drawings, videos or letters, to be sent to their twin classes so that they can learn about their own realities. Moreover, the Italian students have the possibility to collect didactic material (notebooks, pens, pencils, etc.) to regularly send to their twin classes, through the association. Thanks to this support, classes in African schools can improve their school activities with a complete educational offer.

At the beginning of each twinning, besides a short presentation video of the classes involved, a certificate is issued, that is valid for one year. The twinning can then be renewed the following year by starting a new correspondence between the two classes.

We invite you to help us in this initiative by involving schools and /or teachers of primary and secondary school.

For information: info@energiaperidirittiumani.it

Sezione“Luisa Lorena Caputo" School in Senegal 2018

Multifuntional centre/nursery school in Bandoulou

Bandoulou is a Senegalese village of about 1,400 inhabitants, located in the region of Kaolack, about 200 km south of Dakar, not far from the border with Gambia.

In 2006, Energia per i Diritti Umani established a nursery school in the village of Bandoulou. The aim was to improve the rate of school participation of children from the earliest years of life, and to compensate for the low prevalence of public nursery schools.

However, the building that housed the nursery school had become too small to accommodate all the children who would like to participate. In 2017/2018 we implemented the project Scuola Luisa Lorena Caputo: una nuova scuola per Bandoulou (Luisa Lorena Caputo School: a new school for Bandoulou), promoted by Energia per i Diritti Umani with the support of the architecture studio Babel.

The school has:

  • 2 indoor classrooms. Each classroom holds 50 children (63 sqm per classroom)
  • 2 outdoor classrooms. Each classroom holds 50 children (54 sqm per classroom = 162 sqm)
  • Toilets (3 male and 3 female)
  • Areas for outdoor and indoor play
  • Areas for the creation of a sustainable vegetable garden, in the framework of the project Energia dalla Terra (Energy from the Earth), which provides for the cultivation of fruit and vegetables for children’s livelihood.
  • A kitchen for the school canteen
  • A fence of the whole land (about 5000 sqm)

The project was the result of careful research by the architects of Babel to obtain:

  1. Ease of implementation by the local workforce;
  2. Use of local materials;
  3. Respect of economic criteria;
  4. Expandability without upheaval, in case of future needs;
  5. Reproducibility in other geographical and social contexts.

Construction phase of the nursery school

The project has already received the support of the municipality of Massa Lubrense (NA), the Istituto comprensivo Bozzaotra in Massa Lubrense and the citizens of Nerano and Sorrento. The school has been named after Luisa Lorena Caputo, a young citizen of Massa Lubrense who passed away at the age of 12 due to a lethal form of Leukemia.

For info and to donate: info@energiaperidirittiumani.it

Scholarships

 

In Senegal and Gambia, as school levels increase, the number of students who can access them decreases significantly due to a strong selection and rising costs. The scholarships are meant to be a response to this problem, offering the opportunity to deserving students to continue their education and to be independent.

2018 UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS

 Why:

The percentage of students who enter Senegal Universities does not reach 10% of those who start their school career. It is even lower in the following years due to difficulties in covering the costs of study materials, food and accommodation.

Objective:

We believe that “every human being has the right to be happy and to live a life to its fullest”. We would like students who do not have the means to do so to be able to determine their own future and pursue their ambitions.

The university support programme in Senegal aims at that, as well as  contributing to the training of aware and prepared citizens who can enhance their territory and their cultural heritage. We believe that, through education, students can improve the life of entire communities. Educated people can have the opportunity and the tools to play a key role in the development of their country.

To whom it is addressed:  

It addresses the students involved in the project Sostieni a distanza un bambino e il suo villaggio, who are highly motivated to continue their education where they were born and raised.

How:  

We are setting up a scholarship fund to support students paying for their university expenses (books, enrolment fees, transports, etc.).

Scholarship holders will receive a monthly financial support throughout the academic year. The amount will be reconfirmed for the following years if the students have taken all the exams included in the degree course of each academic year.

How much does it cost?

An annual scholarship costs approximatively 500 euros.

Let’s help raising talented and capable students, so they can develop the community in which they live, triggering a virtuous circle in their country!

For information: info@sostegnoadistanza.eu