Rome, May 3, 2021 – “A summer of overwork awaits us. The 510 million allocated to keep schools open between June and August are an important investment in trust and participation. Provided that the plans are not confused: the training activity will not be traditional type “. Antonello Giannelli, president of the PNA (National Association of Principals) takes up the double challenge launched by the pandemic and by the new minister to Public Education Patrizio Bianchi with the summer plan “voluntary participation of students, families and school staff”. Covid Bulletin of May 3: Italy and regions Covid and travel: EU proposes new rules. Fewer restrictions and tests for children Is it the right formula? “Such an ambitious plan could not live otherwise. It is families and school administrators who know if in that …
Rome, May 3, 2021 – “He awaits us a summer of overwork. The 510 million allocated to keep schools open between June and August is a major investment in trust and participation. Provided that the plans are not confused: the training activity will not be of a traditional type “. Antonello Giannelli, president of the PNA (National association of principals) takes up the double challenge launched by the pandemic and by the new minister to public education Patrizio Bianchi with the summer plan “voluntary participation of students, families and school staff”.
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Is this the right formula?
“Such an ambitious plan could not live otherwise. It is families and school principals who know if in that school – in that territory – there is or is not a need for a training offer suitable for the season: certainly not lessons in the classical sense. , but modules and workshops on physical education, art, singing, Italian and foreign languages, media, robotics and digital skills “.
We admit that the socio-educational need emerges. And what if the teachers stay at home?
“Teachers cannot be forced to carry out activities outside the contractual obligations, which in July and August provide for the use of holidays, any collective organizational activities or remedial courses. The Plan was born with other premises and in fact allows the broadest involvement of external educators with specific skills also belonging to the third sector “.
The school unions are on the lookout for who goes there. Are you principals also not very enthusiastic?
“Simply, any army needs to rest between one battle and another. And this principle, which is always valid, is even more so for the school staff who have returned from very difficult months, between openings, closings, dad, programs to be recalibrated during the race. . The Summer Plan, which has its own specific value, cannot become the pretext for rearguard considerations. Because the real objective of this collective effort is the recovery of the sociality of children massacred by the pandemic. And therefore the greater commitment of principals and teachers. it will be adequately compensated “.
How many schools will join?
“Difficult to predict. It all depends on the user”
Take an example.
“In Rome, in the institutions of the center, where it is likely that the majority of families already have summer plans for their children, I don’t think the demand for services will be high”.
On the outskirts instead?
“The opposite scenario. In the institutes of the most popular neighborhoods, where the pandemic has aggravated hardships and prospects, the demand of parents will increase for their children to be involved in educational and aggregation activities”.
“In Parioli perhaps closed schools, in Tor Bella Monaca probably open. Moreover, in many areas of the country the school has been playing its role as a social agent for some time also in summer. With principals and teachers perfectly connected to the needs of the community”.
A family that wants the school open and in July and August who should let it know?
“The first step is to inform the parents’ representatives on the school board. The alternative is to contact the head teacher directly.”
A great job awaits you: more resources, of course, but also more critical issues?
“The first is of an organizational type. Of the 510 million allocated, 150 come from the support decree, 40 from the fund for combating educational poverty, and 320 from the Pon, see the item European resources, with all that this entails in terms of complexity and reporting “.
Applications to the Pon must be submitted by 21 May: will the ministerial helpdesk be enough to facilitate the schools for the practices, or is there a risk of losing funds due to errors and delays?
“The management of EU resources requires technical-administrative skills outside the ordinary skills of Ata staff, who have been under staff for years, to the point of covering the gaps with the advancement of qualified janitors. Unfortunately, this is the situation”.
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