“Back to School” in Italy: Schools and communities vow to make education better

On 29 May, four secondary schools in Agrigento and Ravanusa (Italy) celebrated a great European moment – singing, reading poems and confirming their wish to improve education for young people. As part of the Spring Day “Back to School” campaign, the event involved the participating schools as well as European guests and local municipalities.

Liceo Classico Empedocle, IPIA Fermi Institute, Manzoni Institute and Liceo Scientifico Leonardo opened their Spring Day festivities in the morning of 29 May. The Education Officer of the Agrigento Municipality welcomed and greeted students and guests. MEP Salvatore Iacolino – Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs – delivered a speech to students, followed by an animated discussion on European citizenship, the means to fight poverty and social exclusion, the importance of the Lisbon Treaty and other major European issues.

Students from the four school centres read out poems and sang famous songs, such as "Heal the World" and "The Song of the Earth", to convey their positive messages and wishes for the future of Europe. The celebrations culminated with the signing of a memorandum of understanding by MEP Iacolino, the head teachers and the representatives of the local municipalities. The document sets out their intention of providing a common path for students’ education, facilitating access to European funding and implementing relevant activities to promote intercultural exchange and further learning opportunities.

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