To further facilitate the process of redevelopment of Sicilian school buildings, 67 million of the funds of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (Pnrr) and 20 million are provided by the Sicilian region. The Ministry of Education and Vocational Training has in fact asked the Ministry of Education, with 67 million euros from the Pnrr funds earmarked for Sicily, to fund 27 projects for the restructuring and safety of schools, identified by scrolling the ranking of the “Three-year school building plan 2018-2020”. In particular, nine interventions are funded in the province of Messina, four in Nisseno, seven in Catania, three in Palermo and three in Agrigento and one in the province of Enna.
In addition, the Sicilian region is financing with another 20 million euros the realization of geognostic surveys to measure the coefficient of seismic vulnerability of over a thousand school complexes, on which, based on the results, all consolidation interventions can be carried out. In order to speed up procedures, municipalities will be able to designate these resources through a simple interest, and designate the buildings on which the interventions are to be made. It is then up to the city council, through a technical operator identified by a tender, to carry out the necessary activities directly in each province.
The NRP’s 67 million euros will increase the number of renovation interventions of buildings, consisting of structural and plant adaptation works, removal of architectural barriers and exceptional maintenance interventions, as part of the more general three-year building planning school, which, from 2018 to date , has promoted over 1500 initiatives, with an investment of around 500 million euros.
In addition, we will be proceeding quickly with the conduct of seismic vulnerability surveys in buildings where such evaluations have not yet been carried out, with the aim of ensuring adequate safety conditions for pupils and school operators. With this further investment – continues Roberto Lagalla, Regional Counselor for Education and Vocational Training – the Musumeci Government will complete the process of testing the level of seismic resistance of schools, 3,000 of which have already been analyzed and approximately 1,000 awaiting investigation .