“The Quality Information in the Classroom” is a project that started in secondary schools in the year 2000 with a rigorous aim, to “ensure that todays’ young people become tomorrow’s free citizens”, one of the missions of the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori. Thanks to “The Quality Information in the Classroom” initiative and educating students to read quality newspapers, the young generation will be able to better master their own thinking.

Each year, some of the most prestigious Italian newspapers, Il Corriere della Sera and Il Sole 24ORE which cover the whole country, and Il Resto del Carlino, L’Unione Sarda, Il Giorno, La Nazione, l’Adige, Bresciaoggi, Il Giornale di Vicenza, L’Arena, La Stampa, Gazzetta di Parma, Il Gazzettino covering their respective geographical areas, and thirdly La Gazzetta dello Sport  which are part of specific initiatives, reach the classrooms of most Italian secondary schools and involve over two million students.

Here below is the format for “The Quality Information in the Classroom” project.

Once a week, during lessons in class, under the teacher’s supervision, three different daily newspapers are compared during a proper civic education class, so that day by day another building block is added to cultivate personal opinions and in particular to develop a critical mindset in young students.

Training: the Osservatorio offers training to all teachers involved in the project. This activity is based on authoritative scientific contributions that enable a correct presentation of the newspapers to the students and offer useful ideas for running a lesson based on reading the newspapers. At the beginning of each school year, all teachers enrolled in the initiative receive a free publication published by “La Nuova Italia Editrice” and sent directly to the schools. During the school year, training days for teachers and students are organized all over the country.

Research: each year the Osservatorio sponsors, in partnership with the GfK Eurisko research institute, a national survey to monitor “The Quality Information in the Classroom” project and all related initiatives. This research is aimed at both teachers and students and also has the aim of surveying young people in order to understand their opinion of newspapers today and how they would prefer them to be in the future.