FA.C.E. – Farsi Comunità Educanti

The project FA.C.E aims to increase access to educational services for children aged 0/6 years in order to fight educational poverty in four Italian areas characterised by fragile contexts. It sets up participatory paths and educational services with local institutions and communities.

In Italy, the recent crisis has tripled the incidence of absolute poverty in families with young children, for a total of over 1 million children affected (Report on Educational Poverty of 2018).

In 2016 the Bank Foundations, the Forum Nazionale del Terzo Settore (National Forum of the Third Sector) and the Government set up the Fund to fight against child educational poverty, managed by the social enterprise Con i Bambini. The FA.C.E. project was selected in 2018 in the ranking of national projects under the Call for Proposals Prima Infanzia (Early Childhood) and financed by the Fund for 3 years. The project involves 20 partners of national and local relevance.

A community that takes care of children, that educates and at the same time is educated, is a community that redefines, comes to new life and regenerates itself.

In four Italian areas, characterized by different social and cultural contexts, the FA.C.E. project promotes integrative services for the 0/6 age group, co-designed and implemented by schools, institutions, associations and families in the area to fight against educational poverty. The services include the organisation of meetings and workshops out of school hours with particular attention to the care and well-being of relationships between children and adults.

“The Istituto Comprensivo Marino Santa Rosa in Ponticelli has put its neighbourhood at the centre of this project. Starting to speak the same language all together and involving parents, mothers in particular, in the path of growth of their children is the ultimate goal of the project because, the sooner children are placed in educational contexts, the sooner they are protected and safeguarded from marginalization.”

«In the area of Sperone FA.C.E has generated engagement, energy, passion and skills to ensure that the demand for early childhood education services is accompanied by parents’ active participation and awareness. Our commitment in the project will be constant, convinced as we are that educational practices should be shared with parents.»

“The FA.C.E. project identifies school as a point of reference for the area, according to the philosophy that the Municipality of Reggio Emilia has developed and applied for quite a long time. With an innovative proposal to families, the project enables a dialogue between school, families, neighbourhoods that, beside responding to the needs expressed by parents, can lead to the expansion of access and gives life to a real educating community.”

“It was a demanding work that, however, first of all gave us a snapshot of the area with its potentialities and shortcomings. Then, we understood what could actually be done for Teramo in favour of early childhood. An ambitious project, therefore, but extremely interesting, which aims to create educating communities at the centre of which we have families and parents, supported by administrations and institutions.”

“We believe in school as a common good, as a place of dialogue, participation and promotion of the whole territory. The FA.C.E. project confirms once again that suburbs can offer new spaces for social relations, hope, and possibilities. The school consolidates and further develops its role as the beating heart of the neighbourhood, listening to and serving the territory, orienting and supporting new territorial educational policies that respond to needs and desires.”

The project includes an assessment plan measuring the impact of the intervention two years after its end.

1550 parents

with children aged 0/6 years old attending partner schools/institutions

950 children

aged 0/6 attending partner schools/institutions and the pilot spaces/activities set up

80 civil servants

from educational, social, and healthcare services

80 teachers and heads

of partner schools and institutions

90 social workers

from third sector partner organisations

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