8.3.5 Basic out-of-school arts and cultural education
Every year, during the summer, the Ministry of Education and Culture organises some training courses targeted at students of secondary schools, the vocational training centre and universities. These students already benefit from the opportunities provided for by Law no. 21/2004 on the right to study, such as study allowances, study allowances based on merit, contributions for books, trust based loans, grants and reduced prices for transport. Therefore, the above-mentioned courses represent another application of the Law and are divided up into three areas. One of these areas concerns the cultural sector and provides for the learning of foreign languages in European or non-European countries, or the possibility of gaining experience at the San Marino National Commission for UNESCO, the Training Department, the Social Centres, the State Radio and Television Broadcasting Company and public museums. In the latter, for example, students have the possibility to become acquainted with the museum collections, to improve understanding of the history of the items displayed in the museums and to discover the territory through its exhibition places, monuments and unknown areas. The aim is to train museum staff to provide quality information to tourists.
For San Marino young people, this is an occasion to put their skills and knowledge to good use in a real working place and to get a small remuneration. Every course last for 80 hours over three weeks, from mid June to the end of September. Each participant benefits from a grant, the amount of which varies according to the course chosen.
In 2010, the Museum of the Emigrant - Study Centre on Emigration, the Communication Department - Study Centre on Memory, the Training Department of the University of San Marino and AIEP Publisher started collaborating with the Holden School in Turin, which deals with narration. A memory writing laboratory was organised and the texts written by participants, both young and adults, highlighted the places, memories and sense of belonging to a small State. What emerged was a new and exclusive image of San Marino, provided by the experiences of participants, who recalled their past, emotions and indissoluble connection with the history and traditions of their territory. The stories and memories were then put together and elaborated by the facilitators of the course in a final reading, which was subsequently transformed into a book. This initiative, carried out under the aegis of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Culture and Tourism, further testifies to the active collaboration between the University and public and private entities (see also chapter 4.2.2).