City College Peterborough proudly welcomed Italian exchange students from ENAC, Foggia in Puglia to celebrate Peterborough’s long history with Italy and building stronger partnership links with the Italian College. ENAC in Foggia is a non-profit association and works in the educational field for teenagers and adults. It is a religious educational institution which follows the criteria of St. Maddalena di Canossa who founded it.
The aim of ENAC is to help people gain social mobility. Enac, alongside City College Peterborough are working together on an Erasmus project, exchanging their culture, tradition and experiences through cooking. The two groups of students have worked and improved their cooking skills and social confidence through peer work. Each College has promoted their own recipes using their own products from their own country some of which have been produced on the ENAC farm.
A bridge of knowledge between the UK and Italy of which has been founded during many years’ history between the two towns continues This history includes links with Peterborough Cathedral and links to Katherine of Aragon whom is buried at the Cathedral. The students enjoyed a guided tour of the Cathedral. They also met the Peterborough Mayor, David Sanders and visited the Mayor’s chamber where they took tea and discussed the history of Peterborough’s Town Hall, past Mayors. Furthermore, the Italian’s cooked a tasting banquet for the local authority, members of the Italian Community, local councillor Marco Cereste and his wife were also guests all of which was hosted by the City College Peterborough and Principal,Pat Carrington.
The whole menu was based on Italian local food and products including organic olive oil produced on the school Farm. Later in the week the students joined forces with Riverford Organic farm based at Sacrewell where they showed off their culinary skills once again working in the kitchen, making use of the wild garlic currently in season which is being grown and picked at the farm. City College Peterborough warmly thanked David Simpson and his staff for hosting such a wonderful day and a chance for both UK & Italian students to gain an insight into the world of British organic farming right here on our doorstep with the added value of experiencing British hospitality.
There will be a return visit from Peterborough to Foggia Italy in June 2017. This will give a wonderful opportunity to students of City College Peterborough to sample Italian life, culture and cuisine.with the same students of City college Peterborough together with the local authorities in June 2017.
Pat Carrington, Principal of Peterborough City College comments, “The College is very proud to support a programme that gives young people from both countries an opportunity to gain experience, skills and essential knowledge to help them with their future goals and career aspirations.”
The director of Enac Puglia Foggia Mr Dario Palma said, “All this has been a very successful exchange, the students have gained a complete knowledge of the traditional English life style and so we know that from this point onwards we will have a very successful exchange partnership.”