Who we are
Helping today's young people to become citizens of tomorrow, developing that independent spirit that makes a person free
The Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori is an organization that believes in young people and invests in them to promote a path of training and education for an independent thinking.
Over 20 years of history
What you are about to read is, in all respects, a story very much unique to the new millennium. The Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori was initially nothing but an idea, but this idea began its blossom into reality when it saw the light of day in Florence in June 2000. Around the table were three people: Cesare Romiti, then president of RCS MediaGroup; Riffeser Andrea
Monti, president of Poligrafica Editoriale; and Andrea Ceccherini, the young president of a Florentine organization called “ Progetto Città .” The audience was packed ; hundreds had flocked to attend the "Youth and Newspapers: Three Days on Publishing” conference. That title in itself was indicative of what was to come.
Heavily talked about were the press and the younger Italian generation, and ultimately an uncomfortable fact was discussed: that during the last twenty years, the country had lost over a million readers and journalistic consumers. The discussions of the conference reveal ed a common desire among its participants: a desire to reverse this lamentable trend. It is from this premise that the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori was officially founded on June 5 of that year. The goal: to help the young people and would-be readers of today become the free citizens of tomorrow. Chaired by Andrea Ceccherini, the Osservatorio team rolled up their sleeves, and on September 18 , pr esented the “Quality Information in the Classroom"
This program officially introduced newspapers into Italian high schools and transformed them into tools of practical civic education. Its first and foremost partners were RCS MediaGroup (Corriere della Sera) and Poligrafici Editoriale (Il Giorno, La Nazione, and Il Resto del Carlino).
Crescere tra le righe
In January 2001, the Osservatorio launched its first teacher training initiative and also began its “In Discussion with the Greats” lecture series, in which students could discuss current affairs with some famous figures of Italian journalism. 2002 was a year of strengthening and expansion. In March , the Osservatorio welcomed a new partner with the arrival of Il Sole 24 Ore. In May, its students engaged with key figures of the establishment and the world of media in what would soon become the most important event of the Osservatorio: the "Crescere tra le righe (Growing Between the Lines)" conference.
Meeting with President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
These great accomplishments did not go unnoticed: on March 30 , 2005, Andrea Ceccherini and a delegation of the Osservatorio’s associates and partners were received at the Quirinale by the former President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.
The Book of the Constitution
On December 19, 2007, on the 60th anniversary of the Italian Constitution, the former President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano invited Andrea Ceccherini to the Quirinale for an awarding of "The Book of the Constitution" and praised the “Quality Information in the Classroom" program.
New international events, new website and audience with Pope Benedict XVI
In January 2011, the first round of "5 Lessons in Search of an Author" ended, having been one of the Osservatorio’s most popular initiatives. The year progressed with another edition of the “Growing Between the Lines” convention, which once again was of truly international scope. In attendance were esteemed guests such as James Murdoch (NewsCorp International), Jeff Bewkes (Time Warner), and Marcus Brauchli (Washington Post).
Autumn of the same year saw the launch of www.ilquotidianoinclasse.it, an interactive website created to complement and augment the paper-based part of the initiative. In November, the president of the Osservatorio and his staff were invited to a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI.
Audiences with Pope Francis
2013 witnessed another unique meeting: On April 24, Andrea Ceccherini, members of the Board of Directors , and the team of the Osservatorio met Pope Francis during a general audience. The main product of this encounter was a plethora of good wishes for a future yet to be built.
March 2015 saw a second meeting with Pope Francis during another general audience. The words of the Holy Father, especially "Onwards!", gave new impetus to the activities promoted by the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori.
Young Factor, il progetto di economic e financial literacy
Nasce Young Factor, il progetto di alfabetizzazione economico-finanziaria.
Four American newspapers' directors in Italy
2015 was marked by two other historic moments. In May, at the ninth edition of the "Growing Between the Lines" conference, four American directors went up onto the Bagnaia stage for the first time ever to discuss the future of quality journalism in the digital age. These speakers were Gerard Baker (Director of The Wall Street Journa l), Dean Baquet (Director of The New York Times), Martin Baron (Director of The Washington Post), and Davan Maharaj (Director Los Angeles Times).
In November, the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, welcomed all of the Osservatorio's team and a small delegation of "Quality Information in the Classroom" participants to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori’s activities.
The 18th anniversary with guest Tim Cook
In a room packed with high school students from all over the country (over 1000 arrived from all over Italy), Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, opens the celebrations for the 18th anniversary of the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori.
The announcement of the alliance with Apple
In front of over 800 students present at the Odeon Theater in Florence, Apple and Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori announced an alliance to train the critical spirit of the new generations. A partnership that will launch a great international challenge for a great Technology-media literacy project also to try to reduce the damage caused by the spread of fake news.
The Memorandum of Understanding to improve the economic and financial literacy of young Europeans
The Governors of the Central Banks of France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain signed with the President of the Osservatorio a document of understanding for an alliance to improve young Europeans' economic and financial literacy. With the document's signing, these Governors have formally joined the International Advisory Board chaired by Andrea Ceccherini, committing themselves to this challenge. In the following months, the Governors of Portugal and Germany signed the memorandum and joined the Board as well.
The Eurobarometer and the European Economic and Financial Education Day
On 31 March 2023, Christine Lagarde, President of the ECB, was the protagonist of a major event promoted by the Osservatorio where she answered questions from 450 European students. During the meeting, she publicly welcomed Andrea Ceccherini's proposal to establish a Eurobarometer measuring the competence and level of education of future citizens of the Union and to introduce an annual European day of economic and financial education for young people, where to illustrate the results of the Eurobarometer and reflect on the most effective strategies to overcome this challenge and make the European Union the community in this field.
Who we are
The Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori is an organization that believes in young people and invests in them to promote a path of training and education for independent thinking.
An Organization that believes in young people
Making today's young people tomorrow's free citizens
The Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori is an organization that invests in young people and promotes independent thinking through education and training. According to modern research, a person's development is achieved by mastering their thoughts, means, and digital skills. To achieve this goal, the organization promotes three strategic projects: "Il Quotidiano in Classe" for training the mastery of one's thoughts, "Young Factor" for exercising mastery of one's economic-financial means, and "Technology - Digital Literacy" for developing greater awareness of one's digital knowledge. The Observatory has been supported by various Italian newspapers and publishers, including Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, Il Sole 24 Ore throughout Italy, La Stampa, Il Resto del Carlino, Il Giorno, La Nazione, Il Secolo XIX, Bresciaoggi, Il Giornale di Vicenza, L' Arena, Il Messaggero, Gazzetta di Parma, Il Gazzettino, La Gazzetta del Sud, Il Giornale di Sicilia, Corriere delle Alpi, La Gazzetta di Mantova, Il Messaggero Veneto, La Provincia Pavese, La Tribuna di Treviso. The organization's work has helped to bring quality information to Italian high schools and promote modern civic education.
About Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori's President
I was born on March 31, 1974 in Florence. I attended the Liceo Scientifico in Scandicci and the Faculty of Law.
I have never made a secret of my passion for politics and dream to contribute to changing the world, with the deep conviction that this change should start with and come from young people.
This is what inspired me to found Progetto Città in 1995 which still today, through public meetings, private seminars and training schools, pursues the goal of educating future leaders in a pragmatic manner, and avoiding the costly mistakes that can come from improvisation and amateurism.
It was with this same ambition that I founded the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani - Editori in 2000, together with Cesare Romiti and Andrea Riffeser Monti.
The Osservatorio is an organization that strives to contribute to making the youth of today the critical readers of tomorrow, to mold them into better citizens, more committed actors of change, and more active protagonists of a stronger democracy. Today, this civic effort includes the active participation of 23 prestigious newspapers, 15 foundations of banking origin, and 10 corporations committed to social responsibility. The Osservatorio has been able to count on the extraordinary work of over a thousand secondary school teachers over the years, and has reached millions of Italian high school students between the ages of 14 and 18.
Il Quotidiano in Classe" – the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani – Editori’s signature project, introduces some of the most prestigious national newspapers into the classrooms of Italian upper secondary schools. These precious information tools enable Italian teachers to introduce civic education in an interactive and innovative way, where students are asked to compare at least three different sources of information to appreciate how the same news can be presented differently by different journalistic sources, thus enabling them to be civic actors rather than mere spectators.
The efforts of Progetto Città and the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani - Editori are best incapsulated in a Native American saying which also forms the basis of my personal commitment, a saying that rings as a premonition, reminding us that ‘we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children’, and underscoring the commitment to make it a better place than we found it.
Web site: www.andreaceccherini.com
The Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori is guided by a team of international leaders from the fields of publishing and information, banking, business, technology, foundations and civil society.
All the boards of the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori
International Advisory Board
Andrea Ceccherini (President Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori), Mario Centeno (Governor of Bank of Portugal), Pablo Hernandez De Cos (Governor of Banco de España), Klaas Knot (President of Nederlandsche Bank), Joachim Nagel (President of Deutsche Bundesbank), Francois Villeroy de Galhau (Governor of Banque de France), Ignazio Visco (Governor of Banca d'Italia).
International Advisory Council
Andrea Ceccherini (President Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori), Tim Cook (Ceo Apple), Joe Kahn (Editor in Chief The New York Times), Kevin Merida (Executive Editor The Los Angeles Times), Matt Murray (Former Editor in Chief The Wall Street Journal).
Excutive Committee (Project "Young Factor")
Andrea Ceccherini, Ferruccio de Bortoli, Gabriele Galateri di Genola, Federico Ghizzoni, Carlo Messina, Jean-Claude Trichet.
Board of Directors
Cristiana Alderighi, Beatrice Cartei, Andrea Ceccherini, Aligi Cioni, Massimo Nitti.
Andrea Ceccherini, Luca Ceroni, Maurizio D'Adda, Bruno Lommi, Karen Nahum, Marco Quattrone, Emilia Strada.
Maurizio Beretta, Alessandro Bompieri, Federico Cartei, Andrea Ceccherini, Ilaria Dalla Riva, Stefano Lucchini, Fabrizio Paschina, Elisabeth Rizzotti.
The Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori has been engaged for years in an important civil and social challenge: helping today’s young people become tomorrow’s citizens by bringing them closer to quality information.
All the people that make Osservatorio's work possible
The Osservatorio isn’t alone: there are many allies that are involved in the "daily” activity of citizenship education.
- The Teachers, the soul of the "The Quality Information in the Classroom" and the "Young Factor" project.
- The Students, are the true stars of this challenge, to which the initiative "The Quality Information in the Classroom" is intended
- The Publishing groups members and partners, the first that believed, with the teachers, in the potential of the initiatives promoted by the Osservatorio.
- The Bank foundations have always been involved in the enhancement of what the most important national treasure: the young people
- The Company with Social Responsibility, important enterprises that are distinctive of our country with their keen sensitivity and social responsibility.
- The Banks and Insurance, together to the great challenge of economic and financial literacy of young people
- The Newsagents serious and generous fellow travelers.