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Buo­na Educ-azio­ne per la Die­ta Me­di­ter­ra­nea: un pro­get­to che dal­le scuo­le del Ci­len­to ap­pro­da all’Ex­po

VOGUE Bambini - - ITALY - Di Oriana Pic­ce­ni

Good Edu­ca­tion for the Me­di­ter­ra­nean Diet: a project from the schools of the Ci­len­to area ar­ri­ves at the Ex­po

Come • na­to il pro­get­to? so­ste­ni­bi­le, che par­ten­do dal­le abi­tu­di­ni ali­men­ta­ri, esa­mi­na an­che gli sti­li di vi­ta: i ri­ti le­ga­ti all’agri­col­tu­ra, l’au­to­pro­du­zio­ne, la sta­gio­na­li­tà, le tra­di­zio­ni, la con­vi­via­li­tà Come si svol­go­no le lezioni? Cer­co di tra­smet­te­re ai bim­bi il sen­so del­la qua­li­tà e dell’uni­ci­tà del lo­ro ter­ri­to­rio. Han­no scrit­to let­te­re ai lo­ro pa­ren­ti emi­gra­ti al Nord, rac­con­tan­do co­sa c’è in Ci­len­to, e han­no spe­ri­men­ta­to il ba­rat­to an­co­ra in uso qui. In­fi­ne, han­no in­vi­ta­to in clas­se fa­mi­glie di con­ta­di­ni, pe­sca­to­ri e pa­sto­ri in­ter­vi­stan­do­li per de­ci­de­re qua­le sa­rà quel­la che me­glio rap­pre­sen­ta i prin­ci­pi del­la Die­ta Me­di­ter­ra­nea. E poi, da Pol­li­ca all’Ex­po... La fa­mi­glia elet­ta dai bam­bi­ni sa­rà pre­mia­ta nel pa­di­glio­ne Ex­po Ter­ri­to­ri At­traen­ti per un Mon­do So­ste­ni­bi­le... un bel tra­guar­do! ave you ever tried‘me­lan­za­ne im­bot­to­na­te’? This is one of the ty­pi­cal di­shes of the Ci­len­to area and the per­fect exam­ple of the Me­di­ter­ra­nean Diet! We’re in Pol­li­ca, a small ru­ral town near Sa­ler­no whe­re Giulia Ubal­di, who hails from Mi­lan and has a de­gree in An­th­ro­po­lo­gy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Sie­na, has come to stu­dy the diet and li­fe­sty­le of the people of this area.She is he­re to su­per­vi­se a project with the lo­cal schools cal­led ‘Good Edu­ca­tion for the Me­di­ter­ra­nean Diet’ to tea­ch chil­dren how to ap­pre­cia­te the boun­ty of the area. How did the project start? The In­ter­na­tio­nal Re­sear­ch Cen­ter for the Me­di­ter­ra­nean Diet was esta­bli­shed he­re in Pol­li­ca in 2010. One of its many ac­ti­vi­ties is this pro­gram for ele­men­ta­ry and middle schools, a series of clas­ses to tea­ch su­stai­na­ble de­ve­lo­p­ment star­ting out with food ha­bi­ts and al­so exa­mi­ning li­fe­sty­les: the ri­tuals tied to agri­cul­tu­re, the chan­ging sea­sons, tra­di­tions, and con­vi­via­li­ty. What hap­pens du­ring the les­sons? I try to tea­ch the chil­dren about the qua­li­ty and uni­que­ness of their area. They wro­te letters to re­la­ti­ves who have im­mi­gra­ted to Nor­thern Italy, to tell them what’s in the Ci­len­to area. They lear­ned about bar­te­ring, whi­ch is still po­pu­lar he­re. Fi­nal­ly, they in­vi­ted fa­mi­lies of far­mers, fi­shers, and she­pherds to vi­sit the class and they in­ter­viewed them to de­ci­de what best re­pre­sen­ts the rules of the Me­di­ter­ra­nean Diet. From Pol­li­ca to the Ex­po... The family vo­ted by the chil­dren will re­cei­ve an award in the ‘At­trac­ti­ve Ter­ri­to­ries for a Su­stai­na­ble World’ Ex­po Pa­vi­lion - it’s a great ac­com­plish­ment!

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