The President of UNICEF Italy Carmela Pace and the Director General of the Italian Ministry of Education/General Direction for Students, Inclusion and Guidance, Maria Assunta Palermo, recently signed a new protocol.

The three-year protocol provides for activities to promote and implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Italian educational institutions.

Schools are the places where our children and young people become adults. It is at school that the seeds of their rights, awareness and knowledge are sown. The signing of this Protocol is a source of pride for us at UNICEF, but above all a great commitment because it will allow us, together with the Ministry of Education, to promote coordinated actions to spread the culture of children’s rights“, said Carmela Pace, President of UNICEF Italy. 

Carmela Pace, President of Unicef Italy
Carmela Pace, President of Unicef Italy

Since 2009, UNICEF Italia, in collaboration with the Education Ministry, has been promoting the “Scuola Amica delle Ragazze, dei Ragazzi e degli Adolescenti” project, which every year sees the participation of more than 700 schools of all levels.

The project aims to activate educational practices to promote the knowledge and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and Adolescence, in particular ensuring the introduction of the principles of equal opportunities, listening, participation and non-discrimination.

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The protocol provides for the promotion of “activities aimed at the world of childhood and adolescence with particular attention to the prevention of early school leaving”.

And then, “initiatives for the training and qualification of people with different qualifications who are professionally engaged in activities with minors; educational courses for international cooperation and peace; initiatives to improve the hospitality and quality of relations, in order to promote inclusion and enhancement of diversity and different skills; prevention activities of different forms of exclusion, discrimination, bullying and cyberbullying, physical and verbal violence, providing for the active participation of pupils”.