2018-03-23 GENERAL HOUSE

Marist ONG will offer internships for italian students

FMSI signed an agreement on March 19 with the Regional Education Office of Lazio which will enable students of both public and private schools of Italy’s Lazio region to gain work experience in offices of the Marist International Solidarity Foundation.

“It is important to activate all possible networks that can make the Marist principles and the values of children's rights better known at every level,” said FMSI director Marzia Ventimiglia.

“This will provide students with a nice opportunity to increase their cultural background, useful for the correct integration into the world of work,” she told the general house communications office.

Gildo De Angelis, general director of the Regional Education Office of Lazio, and Marzia signed the agreement at the headquarters of the Office in Rome.

Marzia Ventimiglia said that students' work  will include “analysing information” and that they will have the opportunity to “gain knowledge of the outside world.”

A joint commission of six members – three from FMSI and three from the Education Office – is now being created to monitor this agreement and will meet every two to three months.

The commission’s FMSI members will be Brother Alvaro Sepúlveda, Federica De Benedittis and Francesco Mastrorosa. Francesco was the lead agent in helping the deal take place.

In Italy, high school students are required to do a 200-hour internship, known as “alternanza scuola-lavoro.” This also applies to the students of the Marist school San Leone Magno in Rome.


FMSI is the foundation created by the Institute to promote and protect the rights of children. FMSI carries on its mission through the activity of advocacy and lobbyingand with projects in the countries in which the Marists are present.

FMSI was constituted in 2007 in Italy as a non-profit organization of social usefulness (ONLUS).

From 2011 it has the special consultative status before the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.

FMSI is member of: Bureau International Catholique de l’Enfance (BICE), Centre Catholique International de Genève (CCIG), Child Rights ConnectMovimiento Mundial por la Infancia de Latinoamérica y El CaribeFOCSIV (Federazione degli Organismi Cristiani Servizio Internazionale Volontario), Observatorio Niñez y Adolescencia (ONA), Santiago de Chile.


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