The Permanent Census on school desks: an enhancement project of statistical culture for primary and lower secondary schools


This paper focuses on an initiative to communicate permanent censuses and foster statistical culture, promoted by Istat thanks to the collaboration of the Ministry of Education, called The Permanent Census on school desks. Launched in 2019 with the aim of developing in young people an in-depth knowledge of the environmental, economic and social reality of our country, starting from the data of the Permanent Census of Population and Housing, the initiative intends to valorise the territory both at a national and local level. The third, fourth and fifth classes of primary school and all classes of lower secondary school are involved. Pupils, with the collaboration of their teachers, are guided along a path of knowledge of the censuses and their usefulness, that culminates in the creation of a story starting with statistical information, on the theme “Census and territory”.