Libertarian schools are spreading more and more in Italy but still few know them. Let's find out where they are, what they teach and how they are organized
The democratic or libertarian schools are born in England and have spread all over the world. Italy currently has several offices spread throughout the national territory. These schools are inspired by different types of thinking like that of Janusz Korczack based on the idea that decisions must be taken with everyone's participation. Every aspect of school life is agreed between teachers and students. The bases of the traditional school are eliminated and subverted in fact there is no compulsory attendance or a predefined program, but from time to time it is decided which topics to deal with. Even the kids decide the rules of the structure through meetings and votes. In all this, parents have the task not only of contributing financially but of making their knowledge available.
In Italy one of the main offices is in Milan, the Ubuntu school, which on the imprint of Summerhill in England is inspired by the principles of active teaching, enhancing a knowledge based on collaboration and sharing. The school is open to children aged 3 to 14 and in the evening there are also courses for adults. In Verona, the "Piccola Libertaria Kether School" educates children from 6 to 13 years old with a staff of 6 carers. In Bologna the project "I Saltafossi – Associazione Merzbau" is active, also in this case it is aimed at children up to 14 years and includes 4 educators. In Genoa, on the other hand, “Mareggen – Workshop of growing” was born, which is aimed at children up to 10 years, stimulating their curiosity with joy and sharing. In Pavullo nel Frignano, Modena, there is "I Prataioli", intended for children from 3 to 6 years old, surrounded by large green spaces where children can move freely.
But these structures were not born exclusively in Northern Italy, in Francavilla, in the province of Brindisi, there is "Uropia", which makes available to children an open space to explore and experiment both in direct contact with nature and through different activities. In Osimo, in the province of Ancona, there is instead "Serendipità", designed for preschool and school-age children, inspired, like other structures, to self-education and to share projects with children and their families.
To date, these structures can certainly be discussed, for some time there has been talk of reforming and modernizing schools, and perhaps this new type of organization can be the solution, or perhaps they are too extreme, they certainly create an excellent starting point for discussions to improve the education of our children.