The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs selected Educate without Borders as one of the Good Practices to reach Sustainable Development Goal number 4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.
Educate without Borders is a year-long educational program on the theme
of migration carried out for secondary school students in Italy, Senegal, and Guinea.
Its goals are:
After this lecture, Sophia provides students with support to elaborate a project work based on their changes in the perception of immigration. The project work might be (but is not limited to) videos, photos, poems, songs, namely students with their imagination transform the contents received from the program. Finally, Sophia organizes a public event where students present their project works to other students, teachers, politicians, and workers involved in the non-profit sector. This year the final event will be simultaneously held in Rome and in Dakar.
Sophia’s educational projects are built according to the proprietary methodology Information and Knowledge for Change (IK4C) developed during several years of practice “in the field”. The methodology aims to change the perception of the migration phenomenon in three steps:
Sophia’s IK4C is subject to multiple impact studies conducted in collaboration with the University HEC of Montréal. In June 2021, Sophia has won the international prize “Economy and Society” of Centesimus Annus Pro Pontefice Foundation – Vatican City and will conduct the research: The effect of information campaigns on students’ intention to migrate: Evidence from Senegal. Here you can find the research project and the other researches carried out.
Sophia Cooperative is a non-profit Social Enterprise born in Rome (Italy) in 2013 to foster the freedom to emigrate both raising awareness of the migration phenomenon and facilitating the integration process in Italy. Inspired by the theme of discernment and the Encyclical “Caritas in Veritate” by Pope Benedict XVI, four young people created the Sophia Cooperative, where Italians and migrants work together. Today, Sophia is composed of 13 associates aged between 24 and 38 from Italy, Africa, and Asia. In cooperation with the Migrantes Foundation – CEI, Sophia Cooperative has developed programs to raise the awareness of the migration phenomenon and has so far reached over 10,000 students aged between 11 and 19 since 2013 in Italy, Senegal and Guinea. In addition, funded by the Episcopal Conference of Italy (C.E.I.), Sophia follows the integration process of numerous migrants in Italy from the Francophone Western African area (Guinea, Mali, Senegal).