Focus on school autonomy, but without ever isolating the institutions that instead must always be open to comparison and mutual improvement: the message comes from Minister of Education, Patrizio Bianchiduring the National Festival of Civil Economy that for three days he faced a Florence issues on active employment policies, sustainability, social inclusion, peace, education and training to be supported, inclusive development and the future of health after the pandemic.
With the holder of the Instruction attended the ministers of Infrastructures Enrico Giovannini, for the family Elena Bonetti, of Labor Andrea Orlando.
More autonomy, more self-expression
“The strengthening of” scholastic autonomy “has a positive side – said Bianchi -: it allows everyone to express their abilities, their enthusiasm, their conditions, each to the best of their ability”.
“The downside is that if the autonomies remain isolated, we can never give the idea of a growing country, given that the country is growing”.
A concept, that of not isolating schools, which wants to safeguard schools located in less advanced territories, where the support of institutions is limited: without the support of society, the gap with respect to schools further ahead (as organization and structures) risks in fact to increase. And also that of pupils’ learning. In short, they risk becoming second-class schools.
The South is too far behind
A risk that would affect many schools in the South. Last July the Invalsi produced data on the skills of Italian students rather disheartening for some regions: at the end of the second cycle of education, students who do not reach the basic level in Italian exceed the threshold of 60% in Campania, Calabria and Sicily. And always the national evaluation institute has explained that in the last year “in mathematics pupils below level 3 reach 70% in four regions (Campania, Calabria, Sicily, Sardinia). Still in the same regions, 60% of students do not reach B2 in the reading test and 80% in the listening test“.
According to Bianchi, therefore, “more intersections are needed and, on this, the civil economy is fundamental. It is a strong request that I make to the whole world of civil society and the civil economy, because adopt your own school and connect it with others“.
The spirit of the three days in Florence
The concept expressed by the number one of the dicastery of Viale Trastevere is in perfect line with the spirit of the three days in Florence: by teaming up and engaging ‘in good company’, several speakers have argued, we can react to global shocks such as the pandemic, wars and the climate emergency, finding answers in the best practices implemented by the ‘Ambassadors of the civil economy’, i.e. citizens, businesses, municipalities and virtuous schools.
Minister Andrea Orlando said that “on citizenship income we agree that it is not an active labor policy, but an instrument to combat poverty. As for active policies, it should be remembered that 5 billion are foreseen in the NRP ”.
Closing the three days in Florence, Leonardo Becchetti, director of the festival and co-founder of NeXt stressed that “the civil economy teaches us that in the face of the many global shocks that are now part of our lives and their economic consequences on our lives we are not alone and we cannot be alone. By teaming up and ‘in good company’ we can react and find answers ”.