Building a better prepared society for future success
PMI's Northern Italy Chapter (NIC) is deeply committed to social initiatives. In 2006, Carlo Notari, former president of the PMI-NIC (who passed away in January 2010), invited Walter Ginevri to lead an initiative to bring project management skills to local primary schools. Carlo had a vision of PMI-NIC's essential role in building a better prepared society for future success; and he believed primary schools were the ideal place to start. Walter collaborated with his wife Mariù Moresco, a teacher in one of three primary schools where pilot programs would be initiated, to transform Carlo's idea into reality.
They acknowledged the challenge that teachers face in finding innovative approaches to "teach to learn," and they understood that project management could help. Since primary school teachers are accustomed to organizing two to three projects per year, the methodology was integrated into the current curriculum.
Teachers facilitated student progress throughout the creation, planning, execution and control, and closing aspects of the projects. All three pilots followed the four phases of the project life cycle and engaged students in learning every step of the way.
Philanthropic support for PMIEF makes programs like these possible. "This [kit] is one of the most translated documents within PMI. This miracle wouldn't be possible without gifts from PMI Educational Foundation donors," says Walter. Much of the content in the kit was created by schoolteachers, not the project management experts. "This provides real added value because it comes directly from the experience of teachers who applied the project management practices in their [own] context," says Walter.
Walter and his colleague Esther Cobos have implemented a similar initiative for schools in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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