Observatory to meet society's ‘real demands’, minist
Italy's education ministry on Tuesday launched a national observatory for the integration of foreign students and interculturalism in the country's schools.
The observatory is mandated to "identify ways of bringing policies for school integration into line with the real demands of a society that is increasingly multicultural and in constant transformation", Education Minister Stefania Giannini said.
The panel of experts - including researchers, school managers and representatives of the social and cultural communities - will promote school policies that foster the integration of foreign pupils and monitor their implementation, encourage agreements between institutions and foster experimentation and innovation in teaching and discipline.
Of Italy's around 7.88 million students 740,000 have foreign citizenship according to projections.
The vast majority attend school in northern and central regions, with 183,000 in Lombardy alone.