Italian schools are set to stay open during the summer holidays to allow children to catch up with their education and social interaction.
The country is investing over £440 million into keeping schools open into the summer holidays, with lessons that will be focused on sport, photography and the arts.
Each school is expected to receive about £15,500. Most of the funding will be provided to schools in the country’s south, where students have struggled the most with remote learning.
Education minister Patrizio Bianchi said: ‘We’ll use the summer period to build a new beginning.’
epa09161396 Students attend a class at the Volta Liceum on the first day of reopening, in Milan, Italy, 26 April 2021. Coronavirus-related restrictions in most of Italy are eased as of 26 April and most regions return to the moderate-risk yellow zones of the country’s tiered system of coronavirus-prevention measure. EPA/MOURAD BALTI TOUATI
‘We will bring the school back to the centre of the community.’
President of the national head teachers association Antonello Giannelli said the programme would particularly benefit families who are unable to send their children to summer camps during the holidays.
The summer programme will be arts focused and children will also be taken to theaters and cinemas as part of their education.
The Liceo Classico Galileo school in Florence will run a month of open-air theater, while a local language school will offer acting courses.
It is hoped that the programme will help children to make up for a year of lost socialising as well as provide some fun as part of the learning process.
Students across much of the country returned to school on Monday as most regions return to the moderate-risk yellow zones allowing Covid-19 restrictiosn to ease.
Students attend a class at the Volta Liceum on the first day of reopening, in Milan on Monday
Italy inched forward towards normality as coffee bars, restaurants, cinemas and theatres reopened in most regions as part of a phased springtime relaxation of COVID lockdowns.
‘Finally!’ said Lorenzo Campania, an elderly man from a small village near Rome, as he had breakfast seated at an outdoor table near the capital’s central Piazza Venezia.
Fourteen of the country’s 20 regions have been designated yellow zones, meaning there is a relatively low risk from COVID. Five are classified orange and one, Sardinia, red.
In the yellow zones, coffee bars and restaurants are now allowed to serve customers outdoors after a near-total shutdown of about six weeks.
However, having a quick espresso and cornetto, the equivalent of the French croissant, standing at the bar – a morning ritual for millions – will still be prohibited for another six weeks.
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