Project financed by the Municipality of Rome I Centre


The choice of this name takes its cue from an ancient legend relating to the inventor of chess, which allows us to view the concept of exponential growth of the educational project of the Intercultural Centre.

In fact, the inventor asked his emperor, as compensation for the new game, for a quantity of rice equal to that which would have been obtained by placing double the rice grains of the previous one on each square of the board. The apparently modest request turned out to be on the verge of immeasurable: even starting from a single grain in the first box, the total number of grains would have been more than 18 billion billion.



Cemea del Mezzogiorno onlus ( and the Association of social promotion Replay Network (, are the organizations that in collaboration have the task of implementing the project Intercultural Center CHICCO DI RISO , which will be based at the Cairoli school, from December to 2020 to March 2022.

The service will provide for the territory of reference:

  • an aggregation center for children aged 4 to 10
  • support and guidance activities for parents
  • workshop activities for the pupils of the schools
  • training activities for teachers
  • cultural mediation activities

The aggregation center and the local services connected to it aim at activating a social and cultural process, which produce multiplicative effects. The beneficiaries to whom the project is addressed will therefore be placed in an active and participatory role, according to the principles of active education and seeking an intercultural education seen as transformative learning , which offers a method for producing and guiding the desired changes. The actions will be aimed at enhancing the different individual belongings as a collective element, to which everyone contributes and by which everyone is influenced; an open meeting space where to exchange different experiences. All services and initiatives will focus on interculturality and will be free of charge; will be carried out within the limits of the structural capacity and in full compliance with all the procedures for the protection of minors and health safety.


The aggregation center can host up to 30 boys and girls aged 4 to 10. It is open from Monday to Friday from 16:00 to 19:00 at the premises made available by the Cairoli school in Via Giordano Bruno 2 (entrance from via Andrea Doria).

Attendance to all proposed activities will be free of charge and requires registration, as well as compliance with all the safety procedures on the protection of minors and the management of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.

For the period of suspension of the school service, from 23 December 2020 to 5 January 2021 , we have moved the opening to the morning from 8.00 to 13.00 to allow families who go to work or who are in smart working to be able to count on a continuative support at least for part of the day.

You can find a specific section dedicated to Chicco di Riso on the multilingual website of the Intercultural Centres of the First District of Rome:  


Opening of the centre for holidays from 23 December 2020 to 5 January 2021

Registration at the centre or online at:


Application for registration at the Chicco di Riso centre

Registration at the centre or online at: