Children in Italy are protesting the closure of educational institutions by taking online classes in front of their closed school buildings. According to The Guardian, some schoolgoers across Italy are annoyed by physical class restrictions and are demanding school reopening. The children protested to the authorities by taking online classes outside their closed school building with placards that read, “Studying at school is our right”.
The protests turned into a movement after 12-year-old student Anita Iacovelli decided to take online classes outside of her school campus and some of her classmates joined in solidarity. Anita, who is from the northern Italian city of Turin and a student at the Italo Calvino school, started the protests on November 6. The protests received attention after a classmate decided to join him, prompting other students across Italy to do the same.
Anita told The Guardian that she was happy when school closings were announced at first because the exam was near and she thought she would miss it. But when the closure lasted for months, it became impractical and tiring for him. Anita also highlighted distance learning problems such as low internet connectivity and lack of socialization. He also mentioned that many students do not have internet connection or parents who can support it.
Schools across Italy were closed after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the European country and made it the worst-affected country in the region. Schools reopened in September, but will only close again when the second wave of COVID-19 hits the country. Classes are moved online with student and teacher safety in mind. But many children like Anita are unhappy because of problems arising from distance learning.
Lucia Azzolina, Italy’s education minister is aware of the ongoing protests and has assured Anita and other students that she will do everything she can to reopen the school as soon as possible. Italy is currently witnessing a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and authorities, worried that hospitals and medical professionals will soon be overwhelmed, are imposing a nationwide lockdown.
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