In a national climate particularly allerted on social integration, the students participating in the "The Quality Information in the Classroom" project have proven to be more prepared than their peers in taking advantage of all the cultural and social opportunities offered by the presence of foreigners on the Italian territory. This is what results from the research presented by the GfK-Eurisko institute for the fourth edition of the “Giovani lettori, nuovi cittadini” conference, promoted by the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori and ACRI on January 27th, 2010.
"The Italian youth involved in the initiative promoted by Andrea Ceccherini and his organization in high schools -showed Remo Lucchi, managing director of GfK Eurisko- while remaining highly critical of immigration, are able to build a path of acceptance faster than their peers who do not take part of "The Quality Information in the Classroom" project. In fact, 79% of young Italians considers the presence of immigrants in the country a disadvantage while only 73% of those participating to the project believes so. "These very high rates - explained Remo Lucchi - result from the fact that teenagers are experiencing a phase of their lives in which they are fully focused on the construction of themselves and their identity, therefore, they are very critical on immigration, because they see a real threat to their citizenship and security" rights. The benefits of the project promoted by the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori go beyond the topic of immigration, but create a general progress of inclusion of young people in social life.
"Our facts - explained Lucchi - clearly show us that "The Quality Information in the Classroom" allows young people to better their civic and social participation, to rise their interest on what is happening around them, to work more in teamwork, to increase awareness on the importance of paying taxes, to participate more in elections (from 44% to 63%), and gain more interest in politics (from 37% to 46%). It is a formative path that the students experience in a very positive way, up to the point that 90% wants to repeat the project in the following years." "The Quality Information in the Classroom" project boosts teenagers’ perception on the importance of the paper newspapers as an informational tool and increases the propensity for reading and purchasing, going from 47% to 64%.
The effects of "The Quality Information in the Classroom" project on the relationship between young people and the school are of crucial importance. In fact, the initiative increases the propensity of young people to actively participate in their schooling, studies, dedication in learning activities and creating relationships with their classmates. "Overall - concluded Lucchi - "The Quality Information in the Classroom" initiative creates and feeds a virtuous circle of growth for young people, in the three dimensions that compose the concept of citizenship: responsibility-taking, information and cultural acquisition.”
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