Milan, over 16 million for the right to education
Approved the right to study plan for the 2021/2022 school year: more than 16.1 million euros to guarantee school integration and educational success for pupils with disabilities, textbooks for Primary Schools, the school transport service, also for children with disabilities, the so-called mixed functions of the administrative technical auxiliary staff, contributions for office expenses and projects to reduce school drop-out.
“Every year – comments the councilor for education Laura Galimberti – the Municipality makes important investments to guarantee the right and duty to education also to boys and girls in greater difficulty. Even in 2021, despite the difficulties due to the management of the pandemic, the commitment is not to cut services, especially those dedicated to the weakest sections of the population, such as pupils with disabilities, for whom the most substantial funds are allocated ” .
As regards interventions aimed at school integration and the educational success of children with disabilities, in fact, the Administration has allocated over 12.3 million euros. The interventions, formulated in an individualized educational plan, are carried out in the schools of Milan through accredited Third Sector subjects, which guarantee a homogeneous quality standard, also through the supply of teaching material and equipment for use by the students. During the last school year, the funds allocated by the Municipality of Milan made it possible to assist 3965 pupils with disabilities.
On the other hand, the funds that the Administration invests for the supply of book coupons are 2.3 million euros. The free supply of textbooks to primary school students in the year 2020/2021 concerned about 58 thousand children. Another chapter of the Right to Education concerns school transport dedicated to pupils resident in Milan who attend primary or lower secondary schools, in cases where the home is more than two kilometers from the basin school and the route is not adequately covered. from the public transport network, and to pupils with disabilities to reach school sites and places of therapy. In total, the allocation is over 300 thousand euros for about one thousand pupils. Last year, due to the covid, the requests had suffered a decline and the students transported were just over 900.
860 thousand euros are instead allocated to the 74 school autonomies in the city for the so-called mixed functions of the administrative technical auxiliary staff (Ata) and for various office expenses, through the disbursement of contributions assigned based on the number of members. The funds contribute to ensuring the opening and closing service of school premises and the related cleaning for each location where preschool activities and evening games are carried out, support for administrative procedures relating to registration for municipal services and the purchase of material stationery for the functioning of the secretarial offices. Finally, the Municipality of Milan supports a “Second Chance School” project with a contribution of 125 thousand euros, which offers students with stories of failures in the school system (repetition, dropouts, irregular attendance, educational failure, relationship difficulties) parallel paths or alternatives to lower secondary school aimed at obtaining the middle school certificate.
To the allocation approved by the Executive are added the resources of the restricted surplus destined by implementing the guidelines of the City Council: 100 thousand euros to enhance assistance to the disabled and 120 thousand euros for small ordinary maintenance.