After the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to shut down, teachers in the southern Italian region of Campania started taking classes on streets.

Campania, around Naples, escaped Italy’s first coronavirus wave in spring, however, the area has seen an increase in the number of viral infection cases in the last few weeks. Schools have been shut down until the end of October.

Mothers called me and said the kids are in floods of tears, they want to go back to school, they don’t understand why schools need to be stopped,” said Pamela Buda, while holding a class for pupils sitting on public steps in central Naples.

Tonino Stornaiuolo yells out his lessons to pupils listening from their balconies and on the streets outside their homes.

“We do everything to respect the rules because I think this emergency in Italy is serious and real,” Stornaiuolo said.

“I wanted to find a way in which the kids could see us and share time with us, at least as long as it is possible and until we know whether there will be another lockdown,” Stornaiuolo added.

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