Our Italian correspondent Giusy sends the photo below and the accompanying explanation:
I thought you might be interested in this photo of a temporary school classroom in a small town in Tuscany. A friend passing through sent it to me along with this description:
‘Here is a glimpse, conscious or unconscious, of Italy’s future. Four Italian girls gaze out at the viewer. A Chinese girl has joined them. Separate from them are a black African girl and a girl in a hijab. The black girl is twice the size of the Italian girls and looks at them with an enigmatic expression while the Muslim girl looks resolutely away. Meanwhile the only male is half size and his haircut says “No need to take me seriously”.’
In this instance the phrase “Uniti per una scuola nuova” can best be translated as “Together for a new school” because it was part of a campaign to get a new school. Those who were “together” referred to children of all ages, skin colours and places of origin.