Culture / Society

The Padua kindergarten with only one Italian child

In the Arcella district of Padua there is a kindergarten with 66 enlisted children. Of these, only one has Italian parents, and only four have at least one Italian parent.

What’s the problem, you may ask. The problem is that, in Italy, immigration is a relatively recent feature. Many immigrants are first generation or second generation, and it’s not uncommon for them not to speak Italian at all. Therefore, their children don’t speak Italian either, at least until they start attending school.

The rightist parties often warn that some immigrants could be granted Italian citizenship without speaking a word of Italian.

The teachers complain that, in order to work properly, they would need an auxiliary staff of translators and cultural mediators, which obviously are not available.

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