The Social Capital School

Within the framework of the European Year of Volunteering the Social Capital School (SCS) spins from the idea of a school open to the contribution of all active players of the educational field (teachers, parents, grandparents, social workers, volunteers etc...), in this way supporting a new concept of non formal and informal training on non profit cooperation, volunteering, social inclusion, active citizenship, human and social growth. The school thus exploits its immense “social capital” to actively affect civic, social and cultural education.

 

This project was born from the concrete need of parents to start a dialogue and a confrontation with the school world (especially with teachers), on how to grow together young active citizens taking care of different roles, contexts and educational approaches. In its 2-year lifetime, the project will have a strong awareness-raising and empowerment focus for the adults, senior citizens and young people involved; these will reflect on and engage in planning and experiencing specific daily practices, as mentors and facilitators of a “community development for inclusion”, primarily drawing on experiences from the school’s varied environment.

The great added value of this project is the variety of the partnership composed by different kind of organizations which will be actively involved and will practice different forms of education, through pedagogical and cultural-artistical approaches on the main subjects - non profit cooperation, volunteering, social inclusion, active citizenship, human and social growth, intergenerational dialogue, formal/informal/non formal - to promote the culture of the social capital school including civil society, from local to global.