8.9 Enhancing social inclusion through culture
Promote equality and involvement of young people through cultural activities
Strategy for the Social Inclusion of Young People
Among the initiatives undertaken by the Department for youth policies and universal civic service, the “Giovani per il sociale 2018” (See4.4) cover the social inclusion and personal growth of young people aged between 14 and 35 years resident in the less developed regions (Calabria, Campania, Puglia, Sicily, Basilicata). The actions promoted are intended to promote the employability of young people, their integration and their inclusion.
Call for Social Inclusion Through Sport
The initiatives taken by the Government to combat discrimination and poverty through cultural activities include the funding call published on the basis of the agreement of 27 September 2017 between the Undersecretary of State with responsibility for Equal Opportunities and the Minister of Sport. The call was adopted by the Office for Sport of the Presidency of the Council in collaboration with the Department for Equal Opportunities and has as its objective thesocial involvement, through sport, of people in situations of hardship (in the suburbs, difficult family situations, psychomotor problems, economic difficulties, racial discrimination, juvenile delinquency, immigration). Sport is considered not only a means for achieving the psycho-physical well-being of those who practice it, but also an educational tool and a solution to social discomfort since through comparison and interaction it promotes the development of integration and socialization. In addition to the selection procedure, a first group of projects was funded in 2018 and a second group (scrolling the previous ranking) in 2019.
Combatting discrimination and poverty through cultural activities
The fight against discrimination and poverty, as well as the promotion of social and intercultural inclusion, through cultural activities, are carried out through programs and initiatives of various types, which involve various ministries and departments (MIC; Department for Youth Policies and the Civic Universe) and bodies such as the ANG and the CoNNGI (National Coordination of New Italian Generations).
The call “FERMENTI” (Seechapter 1, paragraphs 8.5 and 8.7) is important for the purposes of social inclusion. “Equality for all genders” is one of the five priority social challenges identified by the Department for Youth Policies and the Universal Civic Service of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. Funding was allocated to carry out youth entrepreneurship initiatives of a social nature, personally by the protagonists, in order to improve the living conditions not only of young people but of the whole community.
National activities of non-ministerial actors
Activities of the National Coordination of New Italian Generations (CoNNGI).
TheNational Coordination of New Italian Generations (CoNNGI) aims to valorise the inclusion in Italy of young people of different origins who grew up or were born on Italian territory. Among the various points of the manifesto (Manifest of the New Italian Generations 2019), there is the desire to value and promote the preservation of the culture of the countries of their origin and to strengthen the link with Italian culture; promote sport as a tool for integration, inclusion and socialization; to convey an authentic representation of society at the media level and become the protagonists of their own narrative. To achieve the objectives set, CoNNGI creates situations and opportunities for sharing the culture of origin in places of culture that are generally frequented by young people and in events dedicated to the sharing cultural heritage.
B.E.S.T. – Buone pratiche, scambi di Esperienze e Training per l’intercultura: is the program created in collaboration with the CoNNGI, led by the cooperative Dedalus, which aims to develop and promote the social empowerment of young people with a migratory background, their participation in the public debate on political issues that concern them and the possibility of expressing their needs, with proposals to satisfy them. This is possible through the creation of a network of which third sector subjects operating in Italy and Europe should be part; the goal is to promote the protagonism of the young targets of the project and the development of intercultural skills for educators and professional operators who work with young people with a migratory background. The project aims at the valorisation of innovative aggregative and expressive practices that valorise the cultural diversity of Italian youth: methodologies based on theoretical considerations, laboratory activities, visits/exchanges organized on the national territory are included for the development.
OLTRE – Oltre l’orizzonte – Contro-narrazioni dai margini al centro: this is the CoNNGI project that aims at listening to younger generations and allowing them to express themselves on particularly urgent issues, such as identity, inclusion, welcome and participation. The project consists of various types of activities which include social communication laboratories in seven Italian cities. The aim of the workshops is to tell about themselves through creative practices such as photography, audio-visual and writing, sharing their history, needs and desires through the languages and methods of social communication.