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Young people and social inclusion: 2010

In a national landscape particularly wary of social, youth participating in the project "The Quality Information in the Classroom" is proving to be more prepared than their peers to take advantage of all the cultural and social opportunities offered by the presence of foreigners on Italian territory.

This is shown by research institute GfK Eurisko presented for the fourth edition of the conference "Giovani lettori, nuovi cittadini", organized by the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori and by ACRI.

"The young people involved in the initiative promoted by Italian Andrea Ceccherini and his organization in high schools - has shown Remo Lucchi, managing director of GfK Eurisko - while remaining highly critical of immigration, build a path of acceptance much faster than the their peers who do not come into contact with the newspaper in class. It this appears that, with respect to the perception about the presence of immigrants in the country, 79% of young Italians who consider it a bad thing falls to 73% among boys of the project "The Quality Information in the Classroom". "These very high rates - said Remo Lucchi - stem from the fact that teenagers are experiencing a phase of their lives in which they are fully focused on the constructions themselves and their identity, therefore I am very critical of immigration, because they see a real threat to their rights of citizenship and security".

The benefits of the project sponsored by the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori do not stop, however, the perimeter of immigration, but involve a general advancement of the inclusion of young people in the social life.

"Our surveys - explained Lucchi - show us clearly that "The Quality Information in the Classroom" allows an evolution of the guys that goes in the direction of increasing the quantity and improving the quality of civic participation and social inclusion of young people, in terms of higher interest what is happening around them, the more propensity to teamwork, increasing awareness of the importance of paying taxes, higher voter turnout (from 44% to 63%), more interest in politics (from 37% to 46%) .'s a path that the kids live in a very positive way, to the point that 90% want to repeat the project in the following years".

In terms of the relationship with the newspapers, the project "The Quality Information in the Classroom" rises from 47% to 64% of the perception of the importance of the daily paper as an information tool and increases the propensity for reading and purchasing.

Of crucial importance also the effects of the project on the relationship between young people and the school: "The Quality Informationr in the Classroom" increases the propensity of children to school participation, study, engagement in learning activities and relationships with their classmates.

"Overall - concluded Lucchi - "The Quality Information in the Classroom" gives life and nurtures a virtuous circle of growth of children, in three dimensions that make up citizenship: accountability, information and acquisition of culture".