In this article on Study Travel Magazine, the most important study abroad magazine in the world, Carlo Lipparini, Licet vice president, explains the birth of the association; the social, touristic, cultural, educational, occupational, contributory and economic importance of Italian language schools for foreigners in Italy; the aims of the association; the crisis in the sector due to the pandemic emergency; the wishes and requests of LICET member schools.
The Italian schools for foreigners are a vital, although often overlooked, resource for Italy’s tourism industry and for promoting the Italian brand. This is the topic of the last interview, released to Qui Bologna TV by Andrea Bernardoni, Vice-President of Associazione Scuole LICET – Lingua italiana, cultura e turismo.
One of the consequences of the invisibility suffered by the Italian language schools for foreigners is the very scarce presence of news concerning them directly. While for other categories (hotels, bars, restaurants, commerce in general, transport, etc.) it is not unusual to find articles or news reports that highlight the problems of the various sectors, there are very few references to the daily struggle of all the schools, centers and institution that deal with study holidays and Italian courses for foreigners.
The SCUOLE LICET (Lingua Italiana, Cultura e Turismo) Association was born, we would say spontaneously, in June 2020, following a series of discussions between a number of schools of schools of Italian as a foreign language scattered throughout the country. Themes such as the crisis of tourism, the collapse of international travel, the fear for activities that provide for socialization and the perspectives of a recovery of cultural tourism that will presumably take many months if not years, are some of the elements that inspired us to create a group in order to face said problems together.