The flagship projects of the Collodi Foundation in the 2000s were those implemented directly or in collaboration with partners and dedicated to education, one of the statutory objectives and a central activity of Carlo Lorenzini/Collodi in his later years as a writer.
Pinocchio rethinks the world, which includes Pinocchio makes a difference and Pinocchio saves energy, is an inter-regional project, also feasible on a national scale and beyond, created to educate primary school children with regard to segregated waste disposal and energy saving, to achieve an overall lifestyle with a low environmental impact and low carbon dioxide emissions. The project, on an inter-regional scale, was designed and implemented in collaboration with COSEA Ambiente, a consortium of public bodies for municipal waste treatment. One of its particular aspects was to transform the school diary from an expensive gadget of dubious utility into a tool for learning, through the proposal throughout the year of information, visual communication based on Pinocchio and the characters of his story, quizzes and suggestions, which – combined with a website created specifically for use by teachers, children and families – provided a complete course of learning, with consolidation of what was learned.
On a European scale, various international projects were conceived, funded by the EU and implemented as part of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013, mainly dedicated to education and culture for children:
– ARTES, a project for the exchange and development of projects considered as best practices in the field of art, as a vehicle for education and social inclusion (known as inclusive art). The Collodi Foundation is a partner and, in addition to collaborating in the platform dedicated to the community of practice created by the project (http://artescommunity.eu), it organised the International ARTES Conference (Florence, November 14-15, 2014) in association with ISI Florence and with the patronage of the Region of Tuscany and the City of Florence (click here to download the Proceedings);
– Comenius projects: for inter-culture in primary schools through narrations for children and Web 2.0 (P.IN.OKIO); for use of the arts as a methodology for teaching and communicating the contents of all school subjects, prioritising the multiple intelligences of children and teachers (ARTinED);
– the Grundtvig project (for non-professional adult education), in which the Foundation developed and tried out a section devoted to narration as an opportunity for adult-child education and as a shared and shareable learning relationship between adults and children (ALICE).
For the longer term and in other areas:
– creation of the National Edition of the works of Carlo Collodi (which the Collodi Foundation promoted and for which it provides cultural and practical support);
– creation and development of the web portal www.pinocchio.it, an ongoing experiment in communication and promotion of culture online;
– the project for the Polycentric Collodi-Pinocchio Park.
Programmes for the 2015-2017 yrs. [download PDF]