Active projects


Stained Glass Laboratory

Started as an experiment in 2004 with the passing of time has been of great interest for the young
students, fascinated and seduced by infinite possibilities of transformation and utilization of glass.
Today it can boast a considerable development and different realizations.
The course offers a complete base formation in the artistic and crafts field of glass. It includes,
besides a view of the story of glass and glass art, the learning of the most common techniques of glass working, reproducible in a formative context, which means to realize, as far as possible, a real crafts shop.

The laboratory disposes of grinders, welding-machines and various utensils (pliers, kits for gluing the glass with uva rays, kits for cold painting on glass).

The students are asked to face and solve the problems relative to the making of various things – as if they had been commissioned – with particular interest towards the technical aspects, the economic availability and economy of the materials and to the organization of the working times.

Guided visits to the craft shops and museums are organized during the course, to amplify the knowhow of the students of the productive world and to stimulate the cultural, artistic and aesthetic sensibility.

The bread making School

The bread making School of Città dei ragazzi, finished in April 2009, is born with the aim of forming new workers to satisfy the lack of qualified labour in the pizzeria/bread making sector and to guarantee the continuous formation of these workers, who need a continuous updating on the various types of oven products.

It starts with a protocol Agreement between the Opera Nazionale per le Città dei ragazzi (ONCR) and the Association of Bread Makers of Rome and province (a category association started in 1944, who adheres to CAN). The School has a surface of more than 100 square meters and has a classroom for theory and a laboratory, furnished with very modern equipment (flaking machine, forming machine, refrigerators, leavening cells, breaking machine, kneading machine, a two rooms electric oven, working surfaces).

The realization of the School is part of a vast program of potentiation of the inside formative offer of the ONCR, which aims at realizing in time a series of laboratories and professional courses, finalized at the transmission of operative know how, tied to the Italian crafts tradition, financed by the benefactors, category associations, public and private institutions.

I will tell you how the bread making school started
I met Marco Giovannini for the first time on the 15th of May 2008 during a round-table conference on the social-working integration of foreign minors, held in the Assembly of the Città dei Ragazzi. He had come to know about Città dei Ragazzi reading the book by Eraldo Affinati and it was he who gave him the first information. After a first exchange of points of view, and being a practical person, he immediately asked me how he could help our boys to become part of the working world. During the following days he gave me names and firms to contact from his agenda. His work is in the nautical field. His firm produces sanitary fittings for boats with a very accurate and innovative design. Giovannini is a real artisan and has the cult of a job well done. Another of his qualities is without doubt the attention he gives to the persons he meets, especially if needy.
We spent together a brief summer vacation in Basilicata in 2008 and during a walk in the mountains I talked to him about our project to build a bread/pizza making School to give our boys a job. This initiative started in 2004 with the Association of the Bread makers of Rome and Province, and could not begin because of the considerable resources needed. Those were difficult years for Città dei Ragazzi with many other priorities that had to be solved to guarantee to the boys new living accomodations. The idea of the school interested Marco, and during the Autumn of 2008 he started to follow it as a daily engagement. After various studies and consultations, he let me know that he wanted to take care of the school personally, and hand it to us already finished. That was it. In February 2009 the work began, and in May of the same year the first pizza making course started. Up to now about 90 youngsters learned to make pizza and bread and, of these, a good number of them works. Marco Giovannini is always more involved in various ways in the life of Città dei Ragazzi and the needs of the young guests. I’m sure that he will soon want to dedicate his time to a new initiative.

Francesco F.

Laboratory of carpentry

The carpentry laboratory, is situated in a functional space and equipped with working benches with many utensils. It disposes of modern machinery (combined in 5 phases, belt saw, circular saw, radial cutter, universal polishing machine, miller, aspirator, etc.), all according to the most recent CEE instructions for safety, permitting to combine the techniques of crafts to modern working, made with updated machinery.

At the moment thanks to a protocol agreement between the ONCR and the Voluntary Organization Namastè, the laboratory is being fully restructured making it even larger and more equipped and modern.

The Luigia Tincani Association
The Luigia Tincani Association, started to support the LUMSA (Libera Università Maria SS.Assunta), manages the bequests of a benefactor (Prof. Cesare Augusto Moreschini), linked to the financing of scholarships for the young who are dedicated to formation in the carpentry sector.
Since 2004 the “Opera Nazionale per le Città dei Ragazzi” has organized 5 different courses for a total of 30 beneficiaries. The contribution received from the Association totally amounts to €27.000,00, equal to 18 scholarships of the value of € 1.500,00 each.

The computer laboratory

The computer laboratory aims at forming boys and girls of the “Città” in the use of the computer as instrument of work, but first of all as instrument of communication and social integration.

After a first stage of computer alphabetization, with particular attention to the use of hardware and software instruments for the development of multi media, the laboratory means to:
- improve the competences and capacities through the utilization of digital equipment.
- increasing the awareness on behalf of the students of the use of the computer as instrument of communication and integration.

Ceramic Laboratory

The Ceramic Laboratory is situated in a building of 580 sm furnished with bright halls and terraces and equipped with the equipment necessary for the various stages of work.

It includes marble tables to model, a traditional lathe, three motorized lathes, a casting mill, stoves, a room for hand and fire decoration. A workshop to mix the colours and the enamel, show-cases, for exhibition and a selling point where you can find some of the products available for the public.

Modelling Techniques
modelling of the vases at the lathe, modelling of the clay

Decoration Techniques
(II and III fire, graffito, areografo, enamels)

Printing of the objects
Printing of the objects (moulds, casting)

Cooking Techniques
Cooking techniques (I, II and III fire)


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