Over one million and 600 thousand euros (1,649,400 to be exact) for schools in the province of Bolzano, of which over 1 million and 270 thousand for seven schools in the Italian language: these are the quantities provided by the Ministry of Education has. the National Recovery and Resilience Plan for Education. “A few days ago, the Minister of Education, Patrizio Bianchi, signed this first tranche of resources, which is intended for the early school exchange plan and will be allocated directly to the schools,” said Giuliano Vettorato, commissioner of the Italian language school. The recipient schools of this funding are the Galilei Institute, the De ‘Medici, the Liceo Pascoli, the Battisti Institute, the Bressanone Secondary School Institute, the Cantore Institute of Brunico and the Gandhi of Merano. The ministry states that the schools involved in this first step will receive in the next days the communication of the funding, but also the agreement with the indications, on the basis of which they can make their design.
The concept of early school leaving is very complex and articulate and includes different situations. They range from the case of a boy or girl who does not start primary school, to cases of dropout, from the repetition of school years to the temporary interruption of participation or leaving school. “In the Italian school of Alto Adige, the phenomenon of dispersion is very limited compared to the national figure – explains Superintendent Vincenzo Gullotta – In 2020/21 it affects only about 1% of students, excluding vocational training. The percentage is further reduced if we consider only pupils in compulsory education or training: 0.1% are pupils who retire before the age of 16 (compulsory) and between 16 and 18 (compulsory). the “missing” pupils – according to Gullotta – affect girls and boys who are over 18 years old and withdraw from school or evening classes for adults, and make up 0.4% of the pupils.
Although the numbers are not alarming, the department of the Italian language school does not underestimate this phenomenon and monitors it carefully, and works in synergy with the institutions in the supervision of students at risk of dispersion and proposes specific projects that are capable counteract the risk of failure. . A flagship is, for example, the projects that are part of the “Educational success”, a macro project that is carried out in collaboration with the European Social Fund (ESF), to prevent and recover situations that are at risk of leaving school early come, but also ensure a correct orientation (at the end of high school) and re-orientation (two years of high school). “I am confident that the schools benefiting from these funds will use the money raised in a targeted way to further reduce the risk of failure of the most vulnerable students,” said Councilor Vettorato.