School and work: the emigrants preparation for departure

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"Of the terrazzo workers and mosaic workers of Friuli, none of us has ever addressed the subject: no institution of technical culture has risen in an environment that is so suitable to profit from a rational and modern professional instruction. Neither the State nor the Province or any other entity thought to open a school".

In the early 20s, in the towns of the piedmont area of eastern Friuli and in the minds of omniscient men such as Lodovico Zanini, a author of the work "Per i mosaicisti e terrazzai del Friuli", and in the minds of the mayor of Spilimbergo Ezio Cantarutti and the well-known Pietro Pellarin, the idea to create a mosaic school in the area was born.

A school which, in front of such a massive exodus of the workforce, sometimes generic, represents a guarantee of preparation that would be able to give the young people a type of formation which responds to definite needs: a market of specific jobs.

The "Scuola di Musaico", that was intened for Sequals, was established in Spilimbergo in 1922 and is supported by the Humanitarian Society of Milan which participated in its establishment by donating ten thousand lira.

Starting in 1921, The Emigration Commissioner organized a large series of classes for the professional instruction of the emigrants, for masons and cement layers in Montereale, Aviano, Tolmezzo, San Daniele, Sacile, Budoia, San Vito al Tagliamento and Travesio, for terrazzo workers and mosaic workers in Maniago, Meduno, Fanna, Cavasso Nuovo, Travesio and Spilimbergo.

The commissioner and provincial delegates of emigration, with this initiative, aimed not only to teach the theoretical notions of the profession but to certify the qualification to work of the potential emigrant.