Angelo Moretti has been sitting on the opposition benches in Palazzo Mosti since October last year. But his commitment to the community went much further, especially in the area of volunteering. Leader of the political association Civico22, he is currently president of the Res-Int International Social Economy Network, of the “Sale della Terra” Civil Economy Network and contact person for the network of small communities of the welcome, co-author of the book “L ‘ Italia you do not expect. A manifesto for a network of small welcome communities. “Co-author and publisher of the volume” Ricucire le campanelle. Education budgets: an innovative method for dialogue between schools, territory and educational communities.
More than four months have passed since Mayor Clemente Mastella was reaffirmed at the helm of Benevento. How do you rate these first months of city government?
I live my first experience in the city council so it is difficult for me to make a comparison with the previous ones, but I can say that I am currently positively surprised by the good cooperation between all the city council groups present in Palazzo Mosti, while the first Months have unfortunately confirmed what was already known in the city: for Mayor Mastella, we, all Benevento people, are a stool, a springboard to his other political interests. There are councilors of discreet and excellent qualities and authentically committed to the general public, but there is a lack of a general vision in the council.
In the election campaign, one of the points he drew attention to was that of early school leaving. Unfortunately, here is an area where there are many young people who for various reasons do not complete their studies; others, on the other hand, complete their training in a decidedly forced manner. What can be done to meet them and ensure that they have a future in terms of integration into the world of work?
When a community loses its students, it must stop and reflect on its “course”. During the blockade, with the research group of Professor Tub di Unisannio, we examined over five hundred students who are missing or at risk of dispersion in only six high schools examined, which means we risk building a society that is only for the strong and which is suitable. courageous, which they often coincide with the happy ones who have all the comforts of home and in the family. One of the most modern tools for the city and the provincial community to “stop” and reflect on and act to prevent early school dropouts are the Territorial Educational Pacts, a form of agreement of the entire adult community of a city not to be missed. leave everyone behind, offer sporting, leisure, cultural places and home support, or rather an always open bridge between school and territory that in a personalized design includes all children who are already missing or at risk of dispersion. It is possible to measure the “predictive” factors of a school dropout, in which low grades and absences are just some of the “symptoms”, and since it is possible to predict a failure, it is necessary to quickly organize the answers, a to offer young people in difficulty parallel trainings, which will lead to the fall in love of knowledge, healthy society and the arts. Preparation for the world of work is only one aspect: the real pedagogical challenge, according to authors as diverse as Morin and Galimberti, is not in building the “offer”, the range of proposals on the free market, but is in the accompaniment Formation of “meaning questions” in young people that can give new meanings and so many directions to the societies that help them build.
In your opinion, what can be done to bring back the weak areas of the city? I am referring to the Libertà district and the buildings that are too often forgotten, that only jumped into the headlines during the election campaign.
The Libertà district is experiencing the great betrayal of the “Spina Verde” project as a wound: the tens of millions of euros will be used to guarantee a new narrative of the district, as a suitable and equipped place for young people from all over the region. City, from the House of Music and the Media Library. “Libertà” could become the modern town, for young university students, for the quality of leisure lived in aesthetic and architectural spaces of indisputable beauty. Unfortunately, dog crosses have never been collected in urban greens, fountains that provide containers for corn and mosquitoes, vandalized benches, torn baskets and the media library that gives the seat of a public office no longer have room for young people, are the mirror.e error that is still to be fixed but needs a new mentality. In the neighborhoods, not just in Benevento, millions of euros are not needed to create architectural works and gardens, if the birth is not accompanied by targeted investment in social capital, if you do not work constantly to build relationships of proximity and protagonism care. of nationality. The era of great works is over, but bad; today, a new form of investment in micro-social work is needed: it is needed for interventions that help owners collect their own excrement from the ground, prevent youth vandalism, keep the body on a basketball court thanks to inclusion, just to give an example, of sports educators. Not only the Libertà district would need these and many more, but also many other urban areas, including certainly the more peripheral districts.
In addition to representing the city council, she has always been involved in volunteering. With the House of Bethany, he offered many people shelter, dignity, and the possibility of being born again. This pastoral community is now a consolidated reality in our territory as well. Tell us a little about how it works.
The garden of Casa Betania is a little wonder that the whole city should be proud of. When the daughters of the charity of San Vincenzo de Paoli left us the uncultivated land via Marco da Benevento, we dreamed of seeing exactly what is being realized today in that spot of land. Every fragile person finds his own space for work and expression, customers are not just customers, because in addition to enjoying the beauty of the place and its services, they feel “involved” in the fate of the garden, they are what in the economy are called “prosumer”, producer-consumers. Organic production and cohesion production thus go hand in hand. In 13 years, the garden of Casa Betania has welcomed over a hundred people as an alternative to prison, migrants seeking asylum, young people from Benevento and people with disabilities and today offers a permanent job to seven families.
The “Il Sale della Terra” consortium is another interesting reality that she sees personally and enthusiastically engaged. Young people are pursuing these initiatives. If so, do you think they can really represent the driving force behind a real newborn and a relaunch of the territory?
DENL the future of small and medium-sized cities can certainly not be liberalism or the world market. In globalization, inland areas tend to disappear and be marginal, the recovery of a historic place like Benevento happens through the paradigm of the civil economy, the kind of economy that, in addition to wealth generating, produces relationships and quality of life. “Sale della Terra”, in its small way, moves along this path, not only in Benevento, but in six Italian regions. Our hope is that this little story of Benevento can really look good here and beyond the Lombard walls.