European research starts from Forlì

If you want to change the school, why not start with the ideas of boys and girls? It is the approach of “New Abc“, a European research project led by the University of Bologna, on the Forlì campus, involving pupils, teachers, schoolchildren and families in planning concrete actions to promote the inclusion of everyone in the school. Years, with associations and research groups from nine countries (Italy, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Cyprus, Finland and Belgium), in synergy with local institutions.

Alma Mater is involved in the Department of Interpretation and Translation at Campus Forlì, where a working group is active, which also includes the Welcome Association, the Comprehensive Institute 4 and the Comprehensive Valle del Montone Institute. “The idea behind the project is to give voice to those who are usually less represented in school planning, that is, the students,” he explains. Rachele Antonini, Professor in the Department of Interpretation and Translation of the Alma Mater and Coordinator of the Project -. New Abc wants to be a sounding board for the ideas, needs and imagination of boys and girls. Already in the early stages, the project provided an opportunity for meetings and dialogue, fundamentally at a time when we were increasingly required to distance ourselves physically from each other: children, teachers and researchers began to confront and build some activities together, integrated into the everyday life of the school ”.

This collaboration between the different actors that gravitate around the school thus allows to combine different knowledge, and lays the foundations for creating an inclusive and effective school in teaching. On the one hand, we want to emphasize and promote good practices that already exist in schools. On the other hand, the project seeks to involve internal and external actors of the school in the construction of activities and projects for the educational, cultural and social inclusion of all children, starting with the first words that the children themselves choose have: peace, love, friendship, joy, but also responsibility, respect, health, environment, resilience.

In addition to concrete activities and actions for everyday pedagogical practice, the project also includes moments of exchange and reflection with politicians and training meetings for teachers. In the short term, the donation of materials and equipment for the daily learning activities in the schools concerned is envisaged. The medium- and long-term goals, on the other hand, mainly concern the creation and promotion of effective and inclusive practices, which can then be implemented in other schools at both national and European level.

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