Medal for Merit of the People's Education, Type I, in Gold
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The Medal was founded by Umberto I as part of the initiative to combat the high level of illiteracy in Italy.
This Medal was conferred by Umberto I upon elementary and primary school educators who were chosen by the Minister Secretary of State for Public Education. It could also be awarded to educations institutions and civilians for charitable contributions.
Individual recipients were required to have rendered a minimum of 4 years of exemplary and meritorious service in an elementary school, or within child education. Their length of service in a specific region, the number of students taught, and the level of the exiting students were also considered when determining the grade awarded to a recipient.
The two main Types of the Medal can be divided by the ruler under which a medal was awarded, either Umberto I or Victor Emmanuel III.
The Type I medals were awarded during the reign of Umberto I and feature his portrait on the obverse medallion.
The Gold Medal was awarded in recognition of a minimum of 8 years of meritorious service.
Obv: UMBERTO I RE D'ITALIA Rev: AI BENEMERITI DELLA POPOLARE ISTRUZIONE [RECIPIENT DETAILS]
Obv: UMBERTO I RE D'ITALIA Rev: MINISTERO D'ISTRUZIONE PUIBBLICA AI BENEMERITI DELLA POPOLARE ISTRUZIONE [RECIPIENT DETAILS]
Stefano Johnson, Milan
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