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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Volunteers Offer Italian Language Lessons To Young Migrants

In Italy, volunteers are helping young migrants cope with their new reality through one-on-one language lessons.

To hear the full story on NPR, click here


AUDIE CORNISH, BYLINE: The migrants that have been traveling to Europe include large numbers of unaccompanied minors. In Italy, one of the major front-line countries, regional governments are tasked with providing food, housing and education for the young people fleeing war and poverty. And as NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports, there are also many volunteers who are pitching in to help them get a fresh start.
SYLVIA POGGIOLI, BYLINE: On two afternoons a week, dozens of teenagers from places like Afghanistan, Egypt and Nigeria crowd into this public high school in a Roman middle-class neighborhood. Forty volunteers - mostly retirees - are here to give the new arrivals Italian language lessons one on one.
ISMAIL: Ismail.
DELIA: Delia.
POGGIOLI: Ismail and volunteer Delia join other students and teachers in eight large, noisy classrooms. Italy has strict privacy laws to protect minors, making direct access difficult. So we listen in as the students read from their textbooks.

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