We believe in the ability of education to change our futures and society as a whole.
We know that investment in training requires patience, the ability to make choices, and a good dose of forwardthinking and optimism.
We focus part of our attention on training connected with the professions in our sector because here we feel like cultural leaders.
We always choose diversified initiatives because we think that education is like a coloured prism.
Teaching about economies
In Panama, Generali supports Junior Achievement, the largest non-profit organisation in the world dedicated to teaching children about economics.
Founded in the US in 1919 and now present in over 120 countries, the organisation works free of charge with primary and secondary school to teach 6-19 year-olds the basics of economics, entrepreneurship and personal finance.
Going beyond classical teaching methods, Junior Achievement organises practical and experiential educational initiatives such as workshops, competitions and entrepreneurial programmes, inviting business professionals and economists to come and speak to the classes.
We support Junior Achievement through donations and the voluntary work of some Group employees (25 employees held lessons for 711 students in 2014).
The subjects are diversified according to the age of the students and range from work as a tool of personal realisation, local and global professions, and the generation of wealth by businesses, through to the major themes of world economics, education, and the underlying principles of the banking system.
Teaching about Finance
In the Netherlands we support the Life and Finance Foundation (LF), an association that teaches economics and finance to 15-22 yearolds so they can manage personal finance issues in an informed way against the backdrop of the main variables of macroeconomics.
The Foundation’s teaching activities take place at the regional training centres across the country and, thanks to the support of the sponsors, the lessons are free.
The teachers, all volunteers, are experts in the sector who base their lessons on dialogue, the sharing of experience and the dialectical exchange of points of view. There were over 100 participants in 2014.
A unique combination of museum and school
Radici del Presente stems from a desire to support and promote Italy’s historic and archaeological heritage through the creation of a museum at the historic Assicurazioni Generali Head Office in Piazza Venezia in Rome, and the development of an educational project to encourage the learning of classical history in Italian state schools. It represent a cultural format, modular and innovative, to spread values and knowledge of our heritage from urban concepts.
Opened in 2012, the museum exhibits the collection of archaeological artefacts found during the excavation work for the construction of the Head Office in an innovative way, with a particular focus on didactics.
The originality of the exhibits and the museum’s educational value were recognised by ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) which in 2013 made the exhibition route and the visit to the museum part of its summer international master’s course. The DAI (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut) also recognised its uniqueness and scientific value, sponsoring a conference in Rome, the main subject of which was the museum.
The educational project consists of an in-depth examination of the historic roots and envisages a series of activities involving classroom analysis, visits to the closest archaeological site and the proposal of a project, published at www.radicidelpresente.it. Launched in the school year 2012-2013, over 300 teachers and over 320 primary and secondary school classes, totaling over 6,700 students, have taken part so far.
In the school year 2014- 2015 the project involved over 2,600 students in 18 regions of Italy. The educational project is focused on the study of the network of Roman roads and their orientation. Over the centuries these roads have shaped the Italian territory and they represent a valuable tool for reconstructing the country’s historic and cultural roots.
Thirty-two archaeological sites housing the remains of thirty-two Roman villas have been identified along these routes. The teachers involved in the project are asked to organise a trip to visit the archaeological site closest to their school. Before the trip the students are given an educational kit with which they can create a model of the site they visit. During the trip, the stories of the villas and the lives of their inhabitants help the students to understand Roman culture and society.
The students then work on producing images, photos, drawings and documents that are published on the project website to illustrate the historic and cultural roots and the evolution of the Italian territory. A team of researchers and archaeologists from Università Federico II in Naples supports the teachers in the various activities and a series of online seminars makes it possible to debate the teaching method at national level. Based on a learning methodology that encourages a multidisciplinary approach, the project is aimed at all teachers and not only teachers of humanities and history/ art-related subjects.