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Action 2 - PIN/e (Persons identified in the Being), is our existential meta-cognitive project.

PIN/e (Persons identified in the Being), is our existential meta-cognitive project , on which we have developed new directions and values for FISC / Company of Mary

ODNs Italia Onlus is known for pedagogic research and experimentation regarding human values through educational disciplines and modern forms of expressing language (research theatre and dance, visual arts installations, creative writing, new media, etc.).


PIN/e (Persons identified in the Being), is our existential meta-cognitive  project on which we have developed new directions and values for FISC / Company of Mary Our Lady: "We are looking for the chance to implement all 3 blades on the wind turbine - Know / Know how to be / Know how to do - and start to produce new energy that can renew, widen and improve the quality of the training on offer in the Company of Mary Our Lady schools.


THE PROJECT 2015/2016

MULTIDISCIPLINARY PROJECT: SO/Special Observations: "with the eyes of Compassion”.

Classes: Year 5 in Primary

Socrates repeated "...I know that I know nothing...", launching himself with great humility into a condition that today we might define as "continuous learning". I know that I know nothing is therefore an opening condition in the search for answers to the endless questions of humanity. The search always represents a question mark, the essence of which originates in an experience that fits in the correlation between known words and perceived situations: we can only talk about the experience that we have thought about.

The continuous exercise of research and reflection allows us to position ourselves in a defined environment of learning in action that is real and vital, based on working together and that leads to a spiralling process to transform knowledge.

Learning in action revolves around three axes:

- Perceive
- Argue
- Promote

In the pedagogic field, the reading of these keys supports the basic skills in "knowing how to do something with what you know" in a specific situation and at a specific time.


However, the space between knowing and "knowing how to do something" is also full of setbacks and failures, the only things that can really teach us about humility Socrates-style: "I know I know nothing" and therefore the capacity for constant learning, to do things better. This is a task that takes time and requires us to stop and catch our breath before restarting the "doing".

Wondering why, thinking about a doubt, holding your judgement and later returning to the why and being surprised to find it changed. These are the types of questions that should be raised; questions that have little to do with the actual question and much to do with our actual existence.


But how is it possible to stop ourselves if we live in a world where everything moves at top speed? Our present is the era of hurrying, a "time without time" where everything runs messily and without ever stopping, that stops us, not only living current times to the full, all taking place at lightning pace, but also think calmly about what is going on around us. Too many events take place in ever-shorter spaces of time and living this acceleration in each aspect of our own existence (from our everyday lives to our workplace, and from learning processes to the world of information) has consequences for us, giving us a sensation of being generally disoriented and irritated as we now never have enough time for everything we should or would like to do.

Or, on the contrary, we can "see" again. In different circumstances, it is said that Jesus "saw" and then felt compassion. It is stated in Matthew 9,36 facing the masses and in Matthew 14,14, when Jesus sees hungry people following him (also in Mark 6,34). In Luke 7,13, Jesus saw the widow who was crying over her dead son whilst in Luke 15,20, the father "saw (the son) when he was still far away," and ran to meet him.

The insistence on "seeing" and then stopping yourself makes it clear that these are fundamental actions as this can bring about the desire for mercy in us. Often, we do not have mercy because we do not want to see, what's more, we look away, in general into ourselves or at our own commitments.


"... In this year when the Church is celebrating the Holy Year of Mercy, a time of grace, peace, conversion and happiness that concerns everyone, with no distinctions and without excluding anyone, we are invited to participate to take centre stage, discovering that we are sons of God (see 1 John 3,1), whose names are etched in our Father's heart, that is the Merciful heart from which all reconciliation and sweetness is born...”.(1)

We are therefore called on to "see" the Mercy of God and once again conquer the desire of it, discovering it in all its Magnificence!

We are giving young people are voice, calling on them to be SO/Special Observers, "with the eyes of Mercy". It will be them, through this multidisciplinary project, who guide us on our discovery of the mercy of the face of God in all areas of knowledge. Teachers will accompany them on this search by working on it across the disciplines.

Subjects such as maths, literature, philosophy, history, geography, science, sports, music, art, expressive contemporary languages of theatre and communication arts, etc. will be re-read through the voice of mercy, through which God has made us children of his infinite love.



Devise a training programme that promotes personal development on the students' Path of Faith when they have to choose or re-choose their baptismal commitments so that they can build a conscience and personal convictions to live independently, even outside the family and school context.

Take up Pope Francis's invitation to live the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as an opportunity for salvation for all and the rediscovery of the paternity responsible for the love of God.


Rediscover the works of mercy, with their effective update in the modern world based on the realistic possibilities of students and their parents.


Guide young people towards a more specific encounter with Christ for this to become something more meaningful in their life experience, in order to open up solidarity opportunities towards the most needy.
Promote human and spiritual training of young people through their encounter with the Word of God, its update and approach to the culture to mediate human and spiritual values.
Go into greater depth on topics related to the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy: conversion, revitalisation of the faith and strengthening your own religious convictions.


The young people will be organised into small groups led by a teacher facilitating research itineraries. The groups are divided up by topics of interest. The operating method will be the inverted class method.
At the end of the research itineraries, the young people will draw up some documents, focussing on creativity and possibly making use of multimedia resources offered by technology.

PARTICIPATING TEACHERS: Primary school, 1st grade Secondary Schools and 2nd grade Secondary school.

Project run by: Lucia Coia - President of ODNs Italia Onlus


(1) Pope Francis, Message for the Jubilee of Mercy for young boys and girls,  Vatican, 6th January 2016, the Day of the Epiphany.