Isabella Belcari – Ginevra Giacomelli – Rita Orsi
Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi – Pescia, Italy

Overview Report on A...
General Overview 01
Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi (National Carlo Collodi Foundation) Italy, www.pinocchio.it
Dedicat...
General Overview 02
The ALLPs context
Public policies for disability in Italy
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disabled children attend school with non ...
General Overview 03
The ALLPs context
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number of associated partners: 2 (1 for each ALLP)
number of adults invol...
Initial situation - PROS & CONS
PROS
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2 motivated trainers with previous experience in educational activities
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Will of c...
OUR ALLPs

-Granma’s Storytime, in cooperation with a volunteer and with the Pre-primary
School in Pesciamorta staff – car...
Granma’s Story Time - 01

Creative Language: Literature, Theatre, Art
Key Competences: KC1, KC5, KC6, KC8
Nr of sessions: ...
Granma’s Story Time – 02

Volunteer profile: elder lady recently retired and widowed, with a grandchild attending the pres...
Granma’s Story Time – 03
Granma reading as part of the drama adaptation performed in front of the pupils’ families

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Pinocchio’s Story is Everybody’s Story 01
Creative Language: Children's literature, music, theatre, art
Key Competences: K...
Pinocchio’s Story is Everybody’s Story 01
Volunteer profile: practitioners in special education and care of the adults. Th...
Pinocchio’s Story is Everybody’s Story 03

Scenes from the final performance

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Overview report on ALICE Project...
Pinocchio’s Story is Everybody’s Story 04

Scenes from the final performance

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Some Conclusions
PROS
 children’s literature sharing is an activity that people love, both as tellers/readers and as list...
THANK YOU!

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Overview report on ALICE Project ALPPs
A.L.I.C.E. Final Conference
Bucharest, October 24-25-2013

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Overview report on ALICE Projects Activities in Pescia area, with special regard to the involvment of disabled people

  1. 1. Isabella Belcari – Ginevra Giacomelli – Rita Orsi Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi – Pescia, Italy Overview Report on A.L.I.C.E. Project ALPPs A.L.I.C.E. Final Conference Bucharest, October 24-25 2013 24/10/2013
  2. 2. General Overview 01 Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi (National Carlo Collodi Foundation) Italy, www.pinocchio.it Dedicated to cultural activities in the name of the Author of the Adventures of Pinocchio Partner institution in A.L.I.C.E., with:  specific focus on disabled people  charge of the Learning Unit on Children’s Literature in the online course for Trainers  participation and coordination of 2 trainers: Ms Ginevra Giacomelli, Ms Rita Orsi, Our trainers’ profile:  both qualified for teaching in primary school  1 has been teaching in various school levels for about 15 years  1 about to discuss 2nd level degree in Primary Education - experienced as intern in primary school  both have an experience of some years as young people in an organization which provides informal education to the young Number of ALPPs carried out: 2, 1 for each trainer Disabled people among the beneficiaries in both ALPPs 24/10/2013 Overview report on ALICE Project ALPPs A.L.I.C.E. Final Conference Bucharest, October 24-25-2013 2
  3. 3. General Overview 02 The ALLPs context Public policies for disability in Italy - disabled children attend school with non disabled ones since pre-school; during school activities they have right to a specific assistance, defined case by case according to type and degree of disabilities. In case of very severe disability, they may be exempted from schooling; disabled adults (not the elderly) can either placed in jobs that suit their abilities, or to receive assistance - at home or in specific structures - the latter in case of very severe disabilities The basic idea: - integration and common life of disabled and non disabled are to be preferred, accessibility and specific support given; - special environment is provided when integration is not possible because of facts inherent to the disability degree, and in the main interest of the disabled person. Our ALLPs took place: in a pre-school with 54 children, 1 with disability; in a day centre for severely mentally disabled adults with 20 guests (aged 18-54) 24/10/2013 Overview report on ALICE Project ALPPs A.L.I.C.E. Final Conference Bucharest, October 24-25-2013 3
  4. 4. General Overview 03 The ALLPs context • • • • • number of associated partners: 2 (1 for each ALLP) number of adults involved as volunteers: 12 (8+4) number of children involved: 54 number of mentally disabled adults involved: 18 number of disabled children involved: 1 Of the adults involved by our trainers, 1 was a 100% volunteer (an elder lady); the others are education practitioners who accepted to implement a new methodology with extra or new activities in the framework of their everyday work Through ALICE we discovered that our territory hardly has volunteer groups or non professional associations with educational aims 24/10/2013 Overview report on ALICE Project ALPPs A.L.I.C.E. Final Conference Bucharest, October 24-25-2013 4
  5. 5. Initial situation - PROS & CONS PROS  2 motivated trainers with previous experience in educational activities  Will of cooperation formally expressed by: - Local pre-primary school; - Local Social and Health Service - Support to Disabilities Dept.;  Interest in new approaches and experiences in structured educational environments CONS • Hardships in finding trainers (main reason: fear of not measuring up to the project demands) • Shortage of existing groups of volunteers or associations with activity connected with A.L.I.C.E. issues and activities • Lack of conditions for “fluid” educational environments (no physical spaces, poor availability of people) 24/10/2013 Overview report on ALICE Project ALPPs A.L.I.C.E. Final Conference Bucharest, October 24-25-2013 5
  6. 6. OUR ALLPs -Granma’s Storytime, in cooperation with a volunteer and with the Pre-primary School in Pesciamorta staff – carried out by Rita Orsi -Pinocchio’s Story is Everybody’s Story, in cooperation with the Public Daily Centre for Mentally Disabled Adults “Centro Anch’io” staff – carried out by Ginevra Giacomelli 24/10/2013 Overview report on ALICE Project ALPPs A.L.I.C.E. Final Conference Bucharest, October 24-25-2013 6
  7. 7. Granma’s Story Time - 01 Creative Language: Literature, Theatre, Art Key Competences: KC1, KC5, KC6, KC8 Nr of sessions: 7 + 1 Average adults per session: 4 Total adults: 4 (2 teachers, 1 caregiver, 1 elder volunteer) Total children: 54 (a 3-year old with Down syndrome) Period: March-May 2013 The Wolf and the 7 Kids chosen for story time became a drama performance which involved all the pupils and the senior volunteer. Performed both in classroom with school staff (teachers + caregivers), and in front of parents, families, other schools’ staff on school year closing celebration. In agreement with school staff and school authorities, project booklet will be given around to families and they will be encouraged to have storytelling sessions with children, and to volunteer for story time at school (action date: November 2013). 24/10/2013 Overview report on ALICE Project ALPPs A.L.I.C.E. Final Conference Bucharest, October 24-25-2013 7
  8. 8. Granma’s Story Time – 02 Volunteer profile: elder lady recently retired and widowed, with a grandchild attending the preschool involved. Activity profile: reading aloud, conversation with the children, drama The activity took place in the frame of a school-year-long project namely focused on emotion recognition, especially fear, management of scary or dangerous situations etc. ISSUES  Respect and integration of different roles between the volunteer and the practitioners  Keep clear the difference in time and purpose between the story time and the lesson time PLUS  emotional climate generated by “granma’s” presence and attitude  thanks to this, children outdid their expected abilities and competences in various activities  emotional quality and emulation of peers also helped the child with Down syndrome to take part in all activities as schoolmates did 24/10/2013 Overview report on ALICE Project ALPPs A.L.I.C.E. Final Conference Bucharest, October 24-25-2013 8
  9. 9. Granma’s Story Time – 03 Granma reading as part of the drama adaptation performed in front of the pupils’ families 24/10/2013 Overview report on ALICE Project ALPPs A.L.I.C.E. Final Conference Bucharest, October 24-25-2013 9
  10. 10. Pinocchio’s Story is Everybody’s Story 01 Creative Language: Children's literature, music, theatre, art Key Competences: KC1, KC5, KC7, KC8 Nr of sessions: 12 + 2 Average adults per session: 2 Total adults: 8 Total beneficiaries (adults with severe mental disabilities): 18 Period: April-May 2013 The Adventures of Pinocchio => cultural item to share with the centre guests. They risk to be excluded from shared culture because of their disability. It served as a trigger for verbalisation of thoughts, comparisons, needs from the side of the centre guests, and as an input for the educators/volunteers to find out various languages and approaches to share this story. The output is a staging of Pinocchio with puppets, drawings, music, dance, with the educators and the centre guests as narrators/actors/dancers. In July, an article on the experience was issued in the magazine of the Health Service of the Province of Pistoia. Further sharing of the experience: with the families in Pinocchio Park (October 29, 2013). 24/10/2013 Overview report on ALICE Project ALPPs A.L.I.C.E. Final Conference Bucharest, October 24-25-2013 10
  11. 11. Pinocchio’s Story is Everybody’s Story 01 Volunteer profile: practitioners in special education and care of the adults. They have implemented the activity in their job framework, yet accepting to implement an integrated work method new and different from their usual activities Activity profile: reading aloud, drawing, modelling with plasticine, choosing music and building coreography, movie watching, manipulate dolls and puppets to build dramatization as final output The activity took place in the daily centre as part of cares and inputs provided to guests of the centre by educators and caregivers, to ensure their well being and enhance social/practical skills ISSUES  Difficult relationship of guests with novelties and new people  Very short attention span; very different kind and degree of abilities PLUS  sympathy for Pinocchio, identification in his desires and fears  variety of different inputs received and of roles/degree of participation possible  enthusiasm for the result 24/10/2013 Overview report on ALICE Project ALPPs A.L.I.C.E. Final Conference Bucharest, October 24-25-2013 11
  12. 12. Pinocchio’s Story is Everybody’s Story 03 Scenes from the final performance 24/10/2013 Overview report on ALICE Project ALPPs A.L.I.C.E. Final Conference Bucharest, October 24-25-2013 12
  13. 13. Pinocchio’s Story is Everybody’s Story 04 Scenes from the final performance 24/10/2013 Overview report on ALICE Project ALPPs A.L.I.C.E. Final Conference Bucharest, October 24-25-2013 13
  14. 14. Some Conclusions PROS  children’s literature sharing is an activity that people love, both as tellers/readers and as listeners  can start out unimagined abilities and resources  much seems due to the emotional values and mechanisms that sharing stories carries along  creative activities based on children’s literature integrate and visibly help the formal, professional activities of different categories of education practitioners DOS  recognition of the local situation concerning volunteering beforehand. It could be hard (obstacles: habits to be changed, time, place) to start anew a volunteer group/association or have the already existing ones adapting to the project's aims  care the relationship that might arise (depending on the context) between professional educators and volunteers, or volunteers and families, to avoid unintentional intrusions in each others' role  adopt a cooperative, inclusive and “multilanguage” approach to include people with disabilities, counting on the cooperation of the peers too 24/10/2013 Overview report on ALICE Project ALPPs A.L.I.C.E. Final Conference Bucharest, October 24-25-2013 14
  15. 15. THANK YOU! 24/10/2013 Overview report on ALICE Project ALPPs A.L.I.C.E. Final Conference Bucharest, October 24-25-2013 15

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