The Cdp Foundation and the social enterprise Con i Bambini are investing 3 million for young people in the South

in the photo Giovanni Gorno Tempini

Invest in the formation of new generations and human capital, helping to bridge the digital divide between North and South and generate a positive economic and social impact on the territory. These are the main objectives of the call ‘Tools to grow’ worth 3 million euros promoted by the CDP Foundation and the social enterprise Con i Bambini in the framework of the Fund for the fight against child educational poverty, for support skills development. science and technology of southern youth.
The social background, the family context and the territory in which one lives still have a great influence on the level of education and, consequently, on inclusion in the world of work. Without the right skills, youth training courses could be limited, or disrupted, accentuating the differences in terms of social inclusion between northern, central and southern Italy. Thus, to help reduce this gap, the CDP Foundation and Con i Bambini have decided to invest in the training of minors in the most isolated contexts of southern Italy1.
The call, in fact, aims to support projects carried out in municipalities outside the provincial capital of Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Puglia, Sardinia, Sicily, with greater attention to the most vulnerable groups from an economic, social point of view. and cultural. .
Specifically, the planned initiatives will aim to develop the skills of students aged 11 to 17 in the digital field and in the disciplines STEAM (from the acronym: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). In addition, innovative educational and didactic models will have to be experienced through digital tools (gamification, digital learning, coding), to stimulate creativity and transmit useful skills also in a future professional career. Finally, activities can be proposed to raise awareness among young people about the values ​​of legality, sustainability and active citizenship.
Projects must be submitted through collaborations formed by at least one school and two third sector entities and universities, private and public entities may also participate. Each proposal must have a minimum duration of 36 months and a maximum of 48 and can receive a contribution from 200,000 to 500,000 euros.
It is also planned to select a body to carry out the impact assessment to evaluate the effectiveness of the projects funded by the call and the changes generated both in the recipients and in the communities of reference.
Giovanni Gorno Tempini, President of the CDP Foundation, said: “In the face of the many challenges of the present, issues such as training, technological innovation and social inclusion are of crucial importance to Italy. This is the context in which we announce today the announcement together with the social enterprise Con i Bambini, with which we share the same goals of the fight against educational poverty and early school leaving in the south of Italy. As a sign of our commitment to promoting sustainable development and social and territorial cohesion, we have chosen to strengthen interventions in the South, an area to which in 2022 we will dedicate at least 40% of our resources, until we reach the goal of 50 % higher. the next three years. , for initiatives also in collaboration with other foundations and institutional actors. The CDP Foundation aims to continue investing in the new generations and in the formation of human capital, to contribute to a development process that is an engine of sustainable growth for the whole country ”.
Marco Rossi Doria, president of Con i Bambini, said: “The North-South gap especially affects children and young people. Strengthening the core competencies of minors by promoting STEAM disciplines in the provincial contexts of the southern regions is a first step in trying to bridge this gap. The family of origin, the territory where you live still have too much influence on the level of education and skills that minors can achieve. According to the latest data from the state, among those enrolled in the second year of high school in the 2018-19 school year, 30 percent did not reach a sufficient level of literacy. In the southern regions, the percentage of children who do not have enough math skills is 53%, the availability of computer and Internet connection is, on average, less than 60% and the proportion of people with adequate digital skills is low. . at 17%. Reversing this path is a civil duty as art. 3 of the Constitution and a push towards cohesion and sustainable development, which is based on widespread knowledge ”.

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