CoDeS Case Legambiente-Piemonte in Italy
Small municipalities, small schools, working together for a sustainable future
The Educational Policy of Legambiente, the larger Environmental NGO in Italy, has been based from its start on the relationship between school community as the necessary component of whatever cultural and environmental development. In recent years the sustainability of the school building has been chosen as the focus of different but complementary initiatives. A case that has been especially relevant, and could open new action perspectives, is the one of the ‘schools within small municipalities’. Indeed schools – especially primary schools – could be an important aid for small municipalities that risk to disappear together with their cultural and environmental values: small villages in mountain areas, or in small islands, are actually losing their population, and together with population also local traditions and soil and nature cares risk to disappear. Small schools are an indispensable ‘tool’ for maintaining the small municipalities alive, but in order to survive they need to build a strong ‘alliance’ between school and community. Legambiente was working as a mediator and supporter in this direction and the results achieved by some of this ‘small schools in small municipalities’ will be presented and discussed.
Principal of the Istituto Comprensivo ‘Don Milani’, Paesana, Italy
Responsible for the Education and Training area of Legambiente NGO, Roma, Italy