Eventos Académicos, 39 ISCHE. Educación y emancipación

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Knocking Door by Door: The Street Children Educational Care and Social Emancipation by Pino Puglisi (1990-1993)
Letterio Todaro

Última modificación: 2017-07-17


The connection between Education and Emancipation has pointed out the engagement of educational processes in restoring freedom within groups or communities at the mercy of external forces. Such a struggle, moving Education to enlarge the area of civil rights and individual freedom, shows a recurring pattern in the contemporary world, basically directed to prevent children from being captured within the boundaries of organized crime. In the most troubled neighborhoods of the big cities and Metropolis, where illegal networks are constantly in search of newcomers, children are often at risk of being absorbed in criminal affairs. As -La paranza dei bambini- the recent bestseller by the Italian writer Roberto Saviano, already well known for facing the most dangerous organized associations committed in criminal traffics like Mafia or Camorra with his articles and books clearly shows, children and young people are the new actors of an unscrupulous management operating in illegal business within organized nets. Against this developing plague, Education only can try to adopt a different perspective, working day by day to offer an alternative to young people and especially to those children living in hard social contexts, where they could very easily be entrapped in shady activities. Yet, the History of Education can show a lot of proofs of human energies devoted to save the children’s destiny from social deviance and to offer to the youngest a way out in the name of Emancipation and Dignity. The History of Education provides extraordinary models of lives devoted to this educational and civil commitment, even till death. One of this astonishing example is to be found in the life and work of father Pino Puglisi, a Catholic priest murdered by “Cosa Nostra”, the most violent organization within the Italian Mafia, in 1993, during the years characterized by a real attack against the Italian State raised up by this criminal association. After the shocking assassinations of the judges Falcone and Borsellino, the brutality of “Cosa Nostra” revealed its blindness killing Pino Puglisi, responsible of a courageous attempt to keep the children in the popular suburb of Brancaccio in Palermo away from their fatal falling into the nets of criminal gangs, showing them a way towards emancipation through education. Focusing on the extraordinary commitment of father Pino Puglisi, cruelly killed only because of this passion in favor of the education of street-children and his untiring daily work against the crime, could represent an opportunity for reflecting on the importance to rise higher and higher attention on the condition of childhood, everywhere it may be threatened by the violence of organized criminal networks, keeping Emancipation and Education linked to each other.