The project “Le nostre città invisibili. Incontri e nuove narrazioni del mondo in città” (“Our invisibile cities. Meetings and new narration of the world within city”) is a global citizenship education initiative that aims to tackle improper and discriminative representations of migration and cultural diversity. It is promoted by ACRA, with the co-financing of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (A.I.C.S), and realized in partnership with ass. Amici di Sardegna, coop. Casba, Fondazione Pubblicità Progresso, Fondazione ISMU, ass. Next Generation Italy, Oxfam Italia, coop. Progetto Con-Tatto, ass. Trame di Quartiere, Viaggi Solidali, City of Milan, City of Turin and International Research Centre on Global Citizenship Education – University of Bologna.
The initiative, launched in March 2018 in 10 Italian cities (Bologna, Cagliari, Catania, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Pavia, Rome and Turin), intends to contribute to the diffusion of a new narration based on the equal dignity of the Other and on the enhancement of the contribution of the ancient and current migrations to our society. The project will contribute to the access of a correct knowledge of the phenomenon and to a sensitization of public opinion through mass media, social networks, web and direct meetings. The Migrantour intercultural walks will be one of the tools of awareness raising and exchange used in the project.
The initiative aims to disseminate innovative models of citizenship thanks to spaces for discussion and awareness, operating on multiple levels (institutional, social, cultural and communicative) and involving different actors (young people, citizens, local authorities, institutions, media) in order to build a sense of belonging to a wider community and a sense of responsibility towards the Other.
Many key actors will be mobilized, such as local authorities, journalists, social workers and teachers, but also the locally-based associations, that will be involved in the construction of physical (intercultural routes) and virtual (communication and public engagement) campaigns intended to narrate and foster the value of cultural diversity.