Daniela Renzi Elisa Saioni

Listening to Children During Emergency: An Experience of Education to Democracy

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The pandemic caused by COVID-19 has distorted the lives of everyone, especially those of children who were deprived, during the first lockdown, of school, social relations and the possibility of expressing their needs and providing their opinion about the situation they were experiencing. The international project City of children of the Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the CNR in Rome, for many years, has been promoting child participation in the government and management of the city, as a fundamental experience of education to democracy and to citizenship. The research presented in this contribution was born with the dual objective of giving a voice to children, analyzing their emotional state linked to this situation, collecting their ideas, thoughts and proposals, and to understand if and in what way the mayors of the Italian cities involved them during the initial period of the health emergency


  • Children’
  • s participation
  • education to democracy
  • active citizenship
  • health emergency


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