Wednesday 21 September 2016

How can our daily actions affect the existing social and economic imbalances in the world? Which small or large changes can we introduce into our lives to adopt a consistent and sustainable lifestyle? If we want to find out, come on Saturday morning at AMU’s workshop “Poverty: Is it matter of style?”

The seventh edition of LoppianoLab, laboratory of ideas for a conscious citizenship, is coming very soon. From 30 September to 2 October 2016 the hills of Incisa in Valdarno (FI) will host numerous events, all related to the theme “Poverty of wealth and the richness of poverty”.

AMU directly organizes two events:

Friday 30/09/16 h.15.30-17.30 at the Lionello Bonfanti Pole
Seminar: Making system beyond hospitality
Young people, families and businesses, new pathways to integration

Saturday 1/10/16 h. 9.30-11.30 at the Sophia University Institute
Workshop: Poverty: Is it matter of style?
Daily choices for a more equitable world

For these two events teachers participating may request a certificate of participation to AMU, accredited body by the Ministry of Education for the training of school staff.

AMU will also take part to the laboratory “Poverty of participation – Let’s start from the “we” of the society”, Friday, 30/09/16 15:30 to 17:30 h in the Auditorium of Loppiano.

We look forward to see you!

Monday 19 September 2016

A short video on our project in Egypt

The story of Shoinaa is similar to that of many other women of Shubra, a large suburban neighbourhood of Cairo.
She had to endure a heavy family situation that has taken away her faith in herself, but through the activities carried out by the association Koz Kazah – AMU’s counterpart for projects in Egypt – she has rediscovered her own abilities and started a new life, characterized by friendship, solidarity and mutual gift.

It is one of the experiences recounted in a short video proposed on Saturday by the “Connecting CH”, a broadcast organized by the Focolare Movement and followed by thousands of people live stream across the world.

The video shown (click on the photo to view) represents the synthesis of a longer video made by Gianpaolo Bucci for AMU, which will be available soon.

Friday 16 September 2016

After the construction of the Bolívar school, in the Peruvian Andes, normal school activities continue. In this phase of the project, the training of teachers is a fundamental aspect.

The school San Francisco de Asís is counting on a group of highly motivated teachers. It takes courage, or unconsciousness (or both) to decide to work in a small town in the heart of the Andes, which is reached after endless hours of travel on roads cut in the edge of the cliffs.

The choice to ensure access to education for children of a “periphery” of the world is supported, professionally speaking, by the fact that the school San Francisco de Asís does not pursue just any education but aims at the best levels of excellence, with the recognition and full support of the school authorities.

Having said that, it is not easy to teach here. The historical and social context of the region means that certain educational approaches do not work. Can the children of the “sierra” really compete with the boys of the “coast”?

During the year there have been workshops and training sessions, which not only interested the teachers, but also the pupils and their parents. It is essential that everyone is aware of any novelty introduced so that it is possible work actively together.

«One of the workshops to which teachers took part, says Father Emeterio Castañeda, focused on the methodology and teaching strategies in different subjects.
A highly skilled team of trainers, which included some students, came from Lima doing 30 hours of journey, a fact that has impressed everyone here in Bolívar. (more…)