Project cities: Civitavecchia, Como, Ferrara, Gaeta, Noto, Salerno, Tricase (Le)
Duration: 14th August 2012 – 13th August 2013 (12 months)
Financing: Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in the context of the law 383/2000 - F/2011
Sport for all has always been a means of aggregation and social integration. Especially sailing, understood both as a purely sports activity that teaching and training activity, provides an ideal opportunity for integration between able and disabled young people, through the formation of mixed crews, and proper development of the personality.
In fact, through sailing, is promoted the exploitation of everyone’ resources, on the basis of the potential of each one. Difficulties and obstacles of life boat are common to both able and disabled people, and become opportunities for dialogue and communication, for mutual understanding and collaboration, encouraging the consolidation of the sense of sharing.
The project context was inspired by a metaphor, pirates and Filibuster rules(XVI-XVII century). On the filibuster ships prevailed an ethic agreement that prevented internal conflicts and required a mutual collaboration. The responsibilities were shared (participatory democracy), women and men enjoyed equal rights (equal opportunity), all ethnic groups and social classes were represented (multiculturalism) and the disabled pirates (typically represented with wooden legs, eyepatches and hooks), had roles and collocations useful on board (different abilities).
On this basis, the project involved the integration of young people (boys and girls) with or without disabilities (the crew) as part of 7 experimental laboratories - Civitavecchia, Como, Ferrara, Lecce, Livorno, Noto, Gaeta and Salerno - for the design, construction and use of sailboats.
At the end of the project there was a collective launch all sailboats built by the participants, which was attended by 200 young people. The experience is collected in a beautiful photo book.
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