Countdown to DIDACTA ITALIA, which was presented in Rome – at the Miur (the Italian Ministry of Education, University & Research) on Thursday 13th September 2018 by Salvatore Giuliano, State Secretary for the Education, University and Research, Cristina Grieco, Councillor for the Education & Training of the Tuscany Region, Cristina Giachi, Deputy Mayor and Councillor for the Education of the Florence Municipality, Giovanni Biondi, President of Indire, Wassilios E. Fthenakis, President of Didacta International, and Carlotta Ferrari, Councillor of Firenze Fiera.
This year, the Fair is set to be even bigger, with over 31,000 square metres of exhibiting area, over 190 Italian and International exhibitors, 190 events on schedule, including immersive workshops, debates and conventions, and a third more halls devoted to training. 190 events and over 300 hours of training will be available for the school staff during the three Florence days. Among the new features, workshops devoted to children aged 0-6 and to hotel management schools.
“It is important for an event like Fiera Didacta to recur again and attract many visitors, most of all teachers. The ongoing training and update of our teachers and of the DSGA are key elements to build the school of future – claims State Secretary Salvatore Giuliano. Moments like Fiera Didacta Italia are essential down the road to change of our schools. Fiera Didacta Italia is not just an exhibiting space. It is a place to grow and innovate, starting from the idea of meeting. I am extremely satisfied with the commitment shown by the Ministry which I represent to organise this event. Two MIUR Departments were involved in the management and creation of this Fair – one for the school and training educational system, the other for the planning and management of human, financial and instrumental resources. We are dealing with a collective event, putting school under the spotlight to all extents. A Fair relying on a unitary vision of our schools and training system. For me, this is an added value. It’s like many windows opening up on a varied but unique world, whose objective is quality education for our youth”.
Over 190 exhibiting companies will participate (main sponsor Samsung – MR Digital), with many returns and new Italian and international business services, including important organisations and associations operating in the school and training sector – from publishing houses to computing technologies, and from furniture to school canteens.
Among the new features of the 2018 edition, a section devoted to start-ups and innovation, organised in co-operation with the most important national incubators and in synergy with the University of Florence (through the “Foundation for the Research and Innovation of the University and the University Service Centre for the Valorisation of Research and the Management of the University Incubator), a Musical Education Area, and some teaching proposals coming from some of the most renowned Florence theatres and from the most important Italian museums, such as the Science Museum in Naples and the eight Florence museums participating in the Welcome Florence project, supported by the Region of Tuscany since 2016.
“We are honoured to have a Fair like Didacta Italia in our portfolio of direct exhibitions – explained Carlotta Ferrari, Councillor of Firenze Fiera –. It perfectly reflects the objectives of the 2018-2025 strategic plan of the company, along with our ambition to become a privileged Italian platform to develop international excellence networks featuring a high cultural content. In this second edition, we can count on many returns and on new leading Italian and international companies of the school sector, supporting us and believing in our project, such as Samsung – MR Digital, main sponsor of the Fair. Thanks to them, from 18th to 20th October our exhibiting venue, the Fortezza da Basso, unique in the whole world for its beauty and its amazingly spectacular historic premises, will turn into a great pulsing think tank for the school of the future”.