Children after a natural disaster. Materials for educators and teachers


Stefania Mariantoni
Alessandro Vaccarelli


Released with the Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 Italia (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IT) in the peer reviewed series I territori dell’educazione 

Catastrophes and natural disasters lead to numerous problems in the education of children and teenagers, who present as the most vulnerable subjects in the communities affected. Often, in these circumstances, adults (educators, teachers, parents) do not know how to respond to their needs, reactions and feelings. What do we need to know about childhood trauma? What answers should we give to children exposed to the effects of catastrophes (mourning, destruction, widespread fears)? What educational activities might support them in their resilience?
This book, born from experiences gained in the aftermath of the Amatrice earthquake in Italy in 2016, offers paths, through guidelines and educational activities, to confront together with children and teenagers post-catastrophe situations, the return to school, the intelligent management of emotions, and the maintenance of a sense of community.


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Author Biographies

Stefania Mariantoni

She is a psychologist and psychotherapist and co-ordinates the Social Planning Office of the VI Mountain Community of Velino to which belong the municipalities of Castel Sant’Angelo, Borgo Velino, Antrodoco, Micigliano, Posta, Borbona, Cittareale, Amatrice and Accumuli. From 2012 to 2017 she was Councillor for Social Policies for the municipality of Rieti, with responsibility for social and health policies, solidarity, integration, housing and social cohesion policies. She coordinated various editions of the “Rieti Città Amica dei bambini” Festival. She is technical director for the implementation of the “Velino for Children” Project (Sisma 2016). She is editor for the text: Individui, Comunità e Istituzioni in emergenza. L’intervento psico-socio-pedagogico e lavoro di rete nelle situazioni di catastrofe (with A. Vaccarelli, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2018).

Alessandro Vaccarelli

He is Associate Professor of General and Social Pedagogy at the University of L’Aquila. He deals with emergency and intercultural pedagogy. He is scientific-pedagogical coordinator of the “Velino for Children” Project (Sisma 2016). His works include: Pedagogia dell’emergenza/Didattica nell’emergenza. I processi formativi nelle situazioni di criticità individuali e collettive (with M.V. Isidori, FrancoAngeli, Milan, 2013); Vaccarelli, A., Le prove della vita. Promuovere la resilienza nella relazione educativa (FrancoAngeli, Milan, 2016); Vaccarelli A., Emotions and representations of “the city” after the 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila: children’s education and social reconstruction in a post-catastrophe context, in “Ricerche di Pedagogia and Didattica – Journal of Theories and Research in Education”, 10, 3, 2015. He is editor for the text: Individui, Comunità e Istituzioni in emergenza. L’intervento psico-socio-pedagogico e lavoro di rete nelle situazioni di catastrofe (with S. Mariantoni, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2018).


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