The Italian Almanac

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Poverty School

A school in Florence dedicated to teaching the virtues of poverty will open in mid-October, its founder Paolo Coccheri said. The actor and rights activist said lessons on how to find freedom by renouncing material wealth would be held one weekend a month at a deconsecrated church.

The first lesson scheduled for October 17 and entitled after the Hindu proverb ``may having more not make you worse`` is the first of 21 planned sessions, some of which to include guests, including Italian writers Erri De Luca and Maurizio Maggiani.

Coccheri said students who completed the two-year course ``will receive a diploma to certify their understanding of poverty as a great opportunity for freedom, happiness and peace``.