Every child, for the mere fact of having been born, has the right to health, to food, to education, to a home and to a decent existence. Every child has the right to happiness and to fullness of life. Education represents a crucial element for the development and the freedom of every human being, and as such it needs to be recognised as a universal right.
Our association operates on all educational levels but gives priority to the lower ones, since they are the foundation for all the following stages.
From 2000 to 2015, 11 nursery schools were built in India, Gambia and Senegal.
For this reason, the project is composed of different campaigns:
- Preschool education: Opening and managing of nursery schools;
- Primary education: Learning courses for primary school children;
- Secondary education: Scholarships for deserving needy secondary school and college students;
- University education: Scholarships for university students (Uni-S.A.D.)
Tutti a scuola con Energia nursery schools opening
The project Tutti a scuola con Energia! aims to increase the opportunity of education and to improve the teaching quality in several areas in Senegal and Gambia.
Between 2003 and 2013, we built 9 nursery schools in Senegal (Pikine in the region of Dakar; Keur Jerine, Fissel, Ndiadiane e Sossop Diob in the region of Thies; Tattaguine e Bandolou in the region of Fatik e Horefondè in the region of Matam) and in Gambia (Ballangharr Choyen in the region of Central River). In doing so, our purpose was to get children acquainted with the school environment and with the recreational activities from a very young age. The construction or rent of such facilities is financed by 30% of the S.A.D. payments and by associations or private citizens donations.
Give long-distance support to a child in Senegal
You can offer hundreds of children the opportunity of attending nursery schools. The campaign Tutti a scuola con Energia – Sostieni a distanza una scuola materna takes care of supporting 5 Senegalese nursery schools, financing needs such as teacher trainings and salaries, school materials, the potential rent of the facilities and its ordinary and extraordinary maintenance.
The average overall cost is €300 a month for each school.
Education in Senegal: the importance of nursery schools
The role of nursery schools is usually underestimated, despite them being essential for the social and economic development of a country. On one hand, they help children familiarise with the school environment from an early age, increasing their participation in the following educational levels. On th other hand it incentivises the empowerment of women.
The public education level and its quality are poor in Senegal.
The current schooling facilities are not in any way sufficient to accept all the preschool and compulsory school age children. These overcrowded classes are made up of an average of 50/70 children, many of whom have to travel several kilometres to reach the schools. In addition to this, many of the parents do not understand the importance of education and prevent children from going to school and studying in order to get help in domestic and agricultural works. These factors slow down, or worse, stop the education of several Senegalese children and they are the main reason why many of them fail or withdraw from school.
The Tutti a Scholar con Energia nursery schools offer a safe environment where children can learn by playing, while their mums engage in other activities. Staying in contact with these schools ensures that the academic progress of the children and the school programmes are constantly verified.
Unfortunately, due to the extreme weather conditions in Senegal, such as heavy rains and whirlwinds concentrated in a short period of the year, these facilities need frequent and expensive restoration works.
How to support the project?
You can contribute with fixed donations each month (€30), each quarter (€90), each half-year (€180) or each year (€ 300).
Alternatively, you can make a single donation to specifically support one of the following needs: school materials, teacher’s salary, renovation of school furnishings or extraordinary maintenance expenses.
In Senegal and Gambia, the increasing educational level corresponds with the considerably diminishing number of students that manage to attend school. This is due to the strict selction and to the escalating costs. The Tutti a Scuola con Energia scholarships are designed to be a solution to this problem, as they give deserving young people the opportunity to carry on their education and become independent.
For years, our long-distance support project Sostieni a distanza un bambino e il suo villaggio has aimed to get children used to going to school from their early age and to increase the schooling participation rate as well as the children’s educational progress. Scholarships represent the natural continuation of this project as they ensure access to secondary schools and to university (Uni-SAD), regardless of the social and economic situation.
Let’s help talented young people make their community grow, spreading the progress across the country.
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Violence belongs to the early stages of the human mind.
We want a world in which violence appears for what it is: ridiculous, childish and completely useless. When we talk about violence, we are not just referring to its broadest meaning, which is to say physical violence, but to its psychological, racist, sexual, economic and religious meaning as well. Nowadays, violence is clearly intensifying both in our country and in the whole world. It is invading every aspect of our life and this is reflected in the difficulty to communicate, in the isolation and in the resignation. All around us, insanity, suicide and marginalisation are exponentially increasing and we are only able to see their tremendous effect, not their cause.
Energia organises non-violent conflict resolution courses (Corsi di Risoluzione Non Violenta di Conflitti) in the Italian schools, incentivising the ideas of individuals, groups and societies in order to come up with pacific solutions to both personal and social conflicts. The aim of the course is to make non-violence a daily practice for everyone. If needed, the course can also be integrated with a module on multiculturalism and human rights defence, so as to highlight the opportunities that a multi-ethnic contest offers, when different cultures live side by side.
These educational programmes are aimed at both students and teachers of primary and secondary schools and they include frontal lessons, workshops and debates. Each course is structured in different meetings in direct collaboration with the concerned institutes.
From 2010 to 2013, the courses were included in the project Attraverso l’educazione verso la Nazione Umana Universale, which is supported by the European Union funds and by the Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic under their international cooperation for development programme.
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The purpose of the twinning programme, started in 2010 thanks to the project Attraverso l’educazione verso la Nazione Umana Universale supported by the European Community, is to establish a direct correspondence between the classes of the Italian institutes and our schools in Senegal and Gambia. During the academic year, the classes from both countries will collect and produce materials such as drawings, videos or letters to be sent to their twin class through the association regular shipments so as to explore each other’s realities. In this way, the African schools will enrich their schooling activities thanks to this comprehensive learning programme.
At the beginning of every twinning programme, in addition to a short presentation video of the classes, a certificate, valid for one year, will be issued. The twinning programme can be renewed after a year, starting a new correspondence between the two classes.
We invite you to help us in this initiative, getting primary/secondary education schools and teachers involved.
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