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The secret Italian school for migrants

Hidden behind the graffiti and street-art walls of an abandoned warehouse in northern Italy, migrants gather in a classroom to learn Italian. This is Scuola di Italiano migranti – the Italian school for migrants.  “This place is beautiful. I…

Baobab Experience: migrants find shelter in humanity

The Baobab is a prehistoric tree that grows in the dry African savannah. Known as the tree of life, it symbolises endurance in a landscape where little else can thrive.  It’s no surprise, therefore, that in a sometimes hostile world for refugees,…

Social Street: unselfish socialising

Welcome to Via Fondazza, a long porticoed street in the crayon-red historic centre of Bologna. This is where Federico Bastiani first opened Social Street, a Facebook page, in 2013. His aim was simply to make new friends. After posting a…

Ritmo Lento: the silent rebellion against time

Ritmo Lento – ‘Slow Rhythm’ in Italian – is the name Pasquale and Alessandro chose when they founded a meet-up for young adults. Together they opened a self-funded bar in the San Carlo district of Bologna, where they hold regular talks and…

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