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State Schooling in Gambatesa, circa 1915

With a population of 3,689 (1911 census), Gambatesa held 5 elementary classes for boys and 5 elementary classes for girls, taught by 5 teachers (men and women), at an annual cost of L.6,690.  The school's classes were held in private properties that did not meet the school's requirements, however, and for that reason a school building was being provided.

"Istruzione pubblica" from la monografia di Gambatesa ["the chapter about Gambatesa"; the text is in Italian only] in Giambattista Masciotta's Il Molise dalle origini ai nostri giorni ["Molise - From its Origins to Our Own Day"], Volume II (Napoli, 1915), page 181.

With respect to Gambatesa's nearest neighbors in Molise, Tufara, Pietracatella, Riccia .... Riccia with a population of 8,061 held 6 classes for boys and 4 classes for girls, taught by 10 teachers, with an annual expenditure of L.13,800.  Proportionally adjusted by population, Riccia spent 5-6% less on schooling than Gambatesa did.

Tufara with a population of 2,067 offered 3 classes for boys and 3 classes for girls, taught by 3 teachers, at an annual cost of L.3.700.  Proportionally adjusted by population, Tufara spent 1% less on schooling than Gambatesa did.

Pietracatella with a population of 3,198 offered 3 classes for boys and 3 classes for girls, taught by 4 teachers, at an annual cost of L.5,000.  Proportionally adjusted by population, Pietracatella spent 14% less on schooling than Gambatesa did.

None of these three comuni had its own school building; they all used private properties to hold their classes.

By contrast, Vinchiaturo with a population of 4,786, offered 6 classes for boys and 6 classes for girls, taught by nine teachers, with an annual expenditure of L.15,000.  Proportionally adjusted by population, Vinchiaturo spent 1.7 times as much on schooling as Gambatesa did.

Even taking into account that Vinchiaturo also held one mixed class at each of its two frazioni di comune, each about 2 miles away from the town center, the difference in expenditure is huge.  Gambatesa would have had to spend L.11,370 annually to match Vinchiaturo.

(Vinchiaturo was the paese of the stone-cutter whose Journal of Military Service, 1881-1883 appears on this Web site.  That journal is remarkable not the least because its author was able to read and write.)


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