A bunch of Montreal dad and mom is talking out after they had been not too long ago knowledgeable that Italian tradition and language programs provided by means of PICAI, or Patronato Italo-Canadese Assistenza Agli Immigranti, have been cancelled.

“Jan. 7, I acquired an electronic mail — the week that the children had been speculated to return after winter break — saying that lessons had been suspended as a result of funds by no means had been acquired from the Italian authorities,” mentioned Leonilda Taddeo, a mom of two registered for lessons with PICAI.

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Taddeo joined World’s Laura Casella on World Information Morning to clarify what number of are rallying to save lots of PICAI, which has been a part of Montreal’s Italian group for over 50 years.


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After ready a day and listening to nothing additional, Taddeo determined to take issues into her personal palms by contacting different PICAI dad and mom through Fb.

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That is when she found that fellow father or mother Alex Romanelli had began a Fb group known as Aiuto Picai.

Along with the Fb group, a petition was additionally began to boost funds to correctly workers academics and lease places for PICAI programs.

“We’ve a petition on the market proper now… we’re making an attempt to (get) three thousand signatures and we’re simply principally tweeting and Instagramming as many individuals as we will to get the message on the market,” says Taddeo.

“We want these funds to be reinstated from the Italian authorities.”


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Funding for PICAI was promised by the Italian authorities again in February 2018.

PICAI advised Taddeo that it was the outgoing Italian consular official who had made these funding guarantees final February.

In response to PICAI, the interim consulate is now denying funding on account of incorrect dealings and improper paperwork.

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Taddeo says the group of PICAI dad and mom has acquired no reassurance from the Italian consulate saying the papers might be regarded over once more to verify these lessons are reinstated.

“In the meantime, the children are principally struggling, ready to return to high school,” she added.

PICAI is greater than going to class on a Saturday morning and studying Italian, in keeping with Taddeo.


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“They find out about phrases and communicate in Italian, sure, however it’s extra concerning the tradition, even simply having these three, 4 hours the place you’re actually immersed in Italian tradition and language,” she mentioned.

Children who graduate from PICAI get two credit which can be acknowledged within the Quebec authorities.

“There are children who would have been graduating this 12 months who’re simply two credit shy,” she mentioned. “They may have had these two credit, and that’s actually not truthful for them.”

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Not solely is the varsity’s shutdown unfair for the scholars, Taddeo says, but in addition the academics.

“A variety of them work for the pure love of it. It’s not that they receives a commission an enormous wage, a whole lot of them do it for the love of the tradition and for eager to proceed passing on this heritage of ours,” she added.

The group rallying behind PICAI continues to tweet and share the petition with the hope that somebody will come ahead and help on a bigger scale.

“We’ve so many profitable companies within the Italian group that perhaps somebody may come ahead and assist us out additionally as a result of we do need our tradition and our heritage to proceed,” mentioned Taddeo.

“We don’t need the kids to undergo for this.”

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