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8. Creativity and Culture

8.8 Synergies and partnerships

Synergies between public policies and programs

Over the years, various synergies and partnerships have been created between different bodies and between different sectors in the field of culture.

Unified Conference of the State, Regions, Local Autonomies.

Among the various synergies, it is worth mentioning the activity of the Unified Conference of the State, Regions and local autonomy system. This liaison body is entrusted with the task of adopting the agreements through which to distribute the endowment of the Fund for youth policies (Understanding n. 12/CU). The fund, established pursuant to Article 19, paragraph 2, of Law Decree 4 July 2006, n. 223 has the aim of promoting the right of young people to cultural and professional training.

Libriamoci” program

The partnerships and synergies include the one started in 2019 between the MiBACT Centre for Books and Reading and the General Directorate for Students of the Ministry of Education. The aim is to promote the “Libriamoci” program, which consists of the creation of days focused on reading in primary and secondary schools. The initiative involves students but also writers, journalists, actors, members of cultural associations, librarians and ordinary citizens, who are responsible for reading in schools. “Libriamoci” every year records several partnerships and collaborations that help to spread the program throughout Italy.

National Digital School Plan

The development of synergies can be found in the aforementioned (See 8.7) National Digital School Plan. The pursuit of the strategic objective outlined in the plan, that is to ensure the transit of the Italian school towards the digital age, was made possible through the synergy between different sources of funding. These are the funds allocated by the law “La Buona Scuola” (Law 13 July 2015, n. 107), those provided for by European programming, through the PON “Per la Scuola” 2014-2020, and other funds from the Ministry of Education. For greater penetration of the measures on the territory, agreements were signed, starting from 18 September 2012, between the Ministry of Education and the Regions, to ensure greater collaboration between the central and regional levels. The achievement of some specific objectives of the Plan relies on the carrying out of a harmonious administrative action (for example, the internal wiring of all the schools required the activation of a coordination with the National Ultra Broadband Plan of the Ministry of Economic Development).

Synergy Ministry of Education – MiBACT

The Memorandum of Understanding between the then MIUR and MiBACT of 28 May 2014 sets out that the Directorate General for Education and Research of the MiBACT annually activates initiatives aimed at promoting the use and knowledge of heritage as well as the development of culture. To achieve the objectives, operational learning models are developed linked to the training needs of young people, as well as to the development of integrated skills that respond to the new social and economic contexts of the digital society.

The Ministry of Education and MiBACT have developed a joint action through the Memorandum of Understanding “Teatro e Cinema per la Scuola” of 4 February 2016 (See 8.5), with which they promoted the National Cinema and Images for Schools Plan and created the first institutional web platform dedicated to the world of cinema and audio-visual at school. It is a large container of data and initiatives promoted by the two Ministries as part of the National Cinema for Schools Plan. Educational and training tools, opportunities, competition notices, cinematographic and audio-visual works for schools, audio-visual support materials, etc., are available to students and actors in the sector, useful for starting visual education courses in institutions.

Synergy MiBACT, Regions, Universities.

There is the synergy between MiBACT, the Regions and Universities, coordinated by the ICCU (Central Institute for the Single Catalogue of Italian Libraries and Bibliographic Information), through which it was possible to create the public catalogue of the National Library Service (SBN) (See 8.7).

Partnerships between the culture and creative sectors, youth organisations and youth workers

The activity of promoting partnerships between the interested parties of the cultural sector and youth organizations and youth workers is mainly carried out by Local Authorities, due to their greater proximity to the territory and the greater ease of conceiving and implementing connection activities. among the various private actors of cultural promotion in the youth field.

At a national level, the National Youth Agency, as part of its institutional management activity of European programs and with particular reference to the “Erasmus +: Youth” program, promotes the creation of Strategic Partnerships in the Youth sector (Key Action 2 - KA2) aimed at creating synergies to promote innovative practices for quality youth work, together with the modernization of institutions and social innovation. Among the objectives of the partnerships, there is cooperation for the recognition and certification at a national level of skills resulting from non-formal education, with a reference to European and national qualifications frameworks and using EU validation tools.

Public-private partnerships

The “#IOLEGGODIGITALE” project (See 8.7) is part of the public-private partnerships, which arose in the period of the COVID-19 health emergency, and in 2020 saw the synergy between ICCU and private partners such as DM Cultura and Amazon Web Servicefor the creation of a portal with access to over 2 million free books, copyright-free digital resources belonging to the INDACO Network digital library, including e-books, audio books, music, films, language courses, video games that can be used and downloaded for free, without the need for authentication.