Students and teachers

The Permanent Census on school desks

The Permanent Census on school desks project, promoted by Istat, thanks to the collaboration of the Ministry of Education, is aimed at primary schools (third, fourth and fifth classes) and lower secondary schools (first, second and third classes).

Created within the Integrated Communication Campaign of the Permanent Censuses, since 2021 it has become one of the Institute’s current activities. Addressed to the younger generations, it aims to raise awareness of the importance of the Permanent Census of Population and Housing and of the role played by statistics in knowing and understanding territorial phenomena.

The project was launched in October 2019 and is held annually. It consists of an information/training course, linked to a Contest divided into a statistical competition, titled “Censigare”, and a competition of ideas, centered on the theme “Census and Territory”. Each class group, led by a leading teacher, after testing their own skills during the national challenge, is asked to prepare a creative project telling the story of their territory through the use of statistical data.

The fifth edition started on October 9, 2023 and is being held according to the following schedule:

  • from October 9 to January 15, 2024 individual class registrations by filling out the prepared form (watch the video tutorial)
  • in November 2023 putting the training materials online
  • on February 28, 2024 conducting the Censigare
  • by March 27, 2024 delivery of the Creative Project

For more information, visit the page on the new edition, listen to the interview on X Spaces or write to

To learn about the winners, the Creative Projects that received special mention, and the top twenty winners of the fourth edition, visit the dedicated page.