Students Anita and Lisa sit outside their closed school in Turin. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP
She comes each day with her pink metal chair and fold-up table to sit outside the shuttered building in Turin, following her classes online on a tablet computer.
Wearing a hat, gloves and mask, and under the gaze of curious passers-by, it is not the most comfortable place to work.
But for Anita, it is far better than sitting at home, as she did for weeks on end during Italy's national shutdown earlier this year.
“When they said the schools would close, I thought I couldn't take another year of distance learning,” she told AFP.
“I miss everything about school — taking face-to-face classes, looking the teachers in the eyes and not through a screen, being with my classmates.”
Her friend Lisa and other students soon joined her protest outside the Italo Calvino school, which began when Turin and neighbouring areas were classified a high-risk coronavirus “red” zone on November 6th.
While younger children were allowed to stay in school, older pupils were forced to switch to distance learning.
Most shops, bars and restaurants were shut and residents' movements restricted.
Italy's education minister is among those who have expressed an interest in Anita's cause, which she advertises with a hand-written poster behind her saying: “Learning at school is our right.”
“Minister (Lucia) Azzolina called me and congratulated me because she liked my protest and told me that she would do everything possible to open the schools as soon as possible,” the girl said.
Her mother, meanwhile, keeps a watchful eye.
“She did not really ask… she told me 'I am going in front of the school,” Christiana Perrone said.