World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies Editar

Barcelona, July 19th - 24th 2010


11-From Campania to the Arab world. Experimentations and Good Practices for the Social and Linguistic Preservation of the Arabic-Speaking Second Generations in Campania, Italy - Poster

· Institution: University of Naples L'Orientale- C.I.L.A.

· Organizer: Giuliana Cacciapuoti & Luisa Salvati

· Language: in English

· Description: From Campania to the Arab world Experimentations and good practices for the social and linguistic preservation of the Arabic-speaking second generations in Campania, Italy As junction point between the Arabic-speaking countries of the Mediterranean and Central-Northern Europe, reaching out to France and Spain, Campania ?region in the South of Italy - is intended to constitute a point of communication between the countries of the Mediterranean basin. Indeed, it has gradually transformed from a transitional immigration area into a permanent settlement territory. It is at the first rank among the southern regions of Italy and at the seventh rank among all the Italian regions for numbers of immigrants. Statistics also indicate that Campania is characterized mainly by women’s immigration. The growing presence of foreign women resulted in an increase in family reunification and formation of new families that means the growth of immigrant second generations, a large amount of them coming from Middle East to Maghreb. They have a significant relevance, as quantity and distribution, throughout Campania. The second biggest migrant community is the Moroccan one, the forth the Tunisian one and many others coming from Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. Arabic-speaking pupils in schools are 18,4%. This poster aims to show how the Campania experiences could be transferred to the other countries in the Eumed area to achieve the full rightness of citizenship of the Muslim Arabic-speaking communities. According to fundamental principles of the Barcelona Convention and Mediterranean Partnership, which stress on civil society subjects, particularly in our case the second generations belonging to the Arab-Muslim communities, we present the results of this process in Campania. The educational actions, economically supported by the European Social Fund, are the core of the proposed process of inclusion. Therefore we will focus on good practices developed in the educational field: preventing school abandon, supporting educational success and promoting the maintenance of culture and mother tongue. More measures will be illustrated in the poster: teacher training, classes of Italian L2 for Arabic speakers, welcoming activities between migrant families and schools, Muslim holidays celebrated in schools. Published data on the poster are intended as a starting and oncoming point for further planning or the deepen our results.