Istituto Comprensivo Alessandro Manzoni – Priolo Gargallo – Italy

Our school is located in an industrial area close to Syracuse. It includes nursery, primary and middle school sections. The number of

pupils is approximately 177 at nursery, 252 at primary and 186 at middle school.

After the industrial boom in the seventies and eighties, recession caused the closure of many local industries resulting in a high level

of unemployment, as well as a cultural and economical decline. This situation has had an impact on our school community,we have

a strong presence of pupils with social and economical problems who often risk social exclusion and a number of children with

learning difficulties. Unfortunately, many pupils do not continue with secondary education after completing compulsory schooling

( up to 15 years of age). Furthermore, in the local area, the province of Syracuse and the south of Italy in general, there is an

increasing number of immigrants coming from Eastern European, Asian and North African countries which has also contributed to

economical difficulties. On the other hand, this presence has given the local population a greater insight into cultural, (linguistic) and

economical diversity.


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