As part of the activities to support the promotion of Italian language and culture under the patronage of the Italian Embassy, a meeting was held at the Auditorium of the Italian Embassy in Washington between the students of the Liceo Parentucelli/Arzela’ of Sarzana in the province of La Spezia (connected remotely) with students of Italian from Annapolis High School in Annapolis, Maryland (in person). The meeting was on an important Italy-USA twinning plan for the 2021-2022 school year. As Counselor Bellantone noted, it is a first step to enter into the world of international relations, build links, bridges, and connections that will allow students to enhance mutual understanding and expand their cultural, geographical, artistic knowledge of the countries while strengthening communication and listening comprehension language skills. The meeting was opened by the director of the Casa Italiana Language School in Washington, Prof. Paola Corneo, who thanked the headmasters and teachers of the two schools for their commitment and dedication to the success of the project, made possible thanks to the generous contributions received from Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Sarzana mayor Cristina Ponzanelli spoke from Palazzo Roderio, expressing the full support of the City to the project, and extending the greetings and best wishes of the governor of Liguria Giovanni Toti. Sarzana, said the mayor, cradle of Italian and European culture, is a hub of Italian history and culture and the city of the three Popes. The project – she continued – offers the opportunity for Italian students to breathe a different air than that of the contemporary United States, and for US students to get to know a small Italian city with a great history.
The over 2 million students of Italian in the world, the more than 200,000 in the United States, the 39.000 US students who have studied in Italy in recent years speak clearly to how much the Italian language is loved. Its musicality, sweetness and rhythm, conveying Italian elegance and art, good cuisine, high quality products in fashion, as well as in the automotive, agri-food, or mechanical automation sectors makes it increasingly popular, and a way to help promote a lifestyle that fascinates the world.
At the end of the project, some of the students will participate in an exchange program that will allow them to spend two or three weeks in the twinned school, which they will have the opportunity to attend while staying with a family, thus becoming “real ambassadors” of their country.