Italy’s teenage activists

I was struck by the political activism of many school students in Italy. I visited a Rome school, occupied by students with the support of many of its teachers in protest at education cuts. It was the latest of over a dozen schools to be shut down in a wave of demonstrations that autumn.

After summer, each year the protests would arrive with the falling leaves. Italy has repeatedly cut its education budget despite spending just 4.5% of GDP on it, one of the lowest levels in the OECD.

 

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