The figure of teacher and trade unionist Paola Ruiu is remembered in Sassari

Paola Ruiu, a “form of life” more relevant than ever. From the study day, which was held on Friday 6 May in the Aula Magna of Turrian University, the modernity of the figure arises from an intellectual, schoolgirl, Sassari writer, protagonist of crucial passages from the second half of the 20th century. The initiative wanted to emphasize the value of a very human cultural heritage that is capable, as Sister Yerina said, of “opening up other avenues, marked by the ‘fatigue’ of the concept and the wisdom of the heart.”
In representing the welcome of the Mayor of Sassari, Laura Useri, Counselor for Culture, Education Policy and Equal Opportunities, expressed the hope that other Paole Ruiu will be born, women who are able to walk the path of rights.
The ideal witness of his work was picked up by two school managers who intervened at the beginning of the activities, moderated by Vittoria Casu, former director of the Sassari Minor Social Services Office of the Ministry of Justice. Patrizia Mercuri, at the head of the San Donato Institute, compared the figure of Paola Ruiu to that of Maria Montessori, as she, though in different historical moments, performed in roles traditionally reserved for men, have established. The forerunner is confirmed in the words of the director of the Lycée Margherita di Castelvì, Gianfranco Strinna, who underlines the great attention of Paola Ruiu for the last in a period, the 80s-90s, in which the legislation on the inclusion of Students with disabilities have barely taken their first steps.
Pasquale Lubinu, Mayor of Ossi, emphasizes the unique abilities of a woman who has led the school for over ten years and who has been able to forge positive relationships with the institutional subjects of the territory, demonstrating the feeling of authentic the community.
The militant commitment of Paola Ruiu to pursue the long and contested path of rights was the constitutionalist Carla Bassu, who highlighted her power in the stereotype and subversive vision of women after World War II. She underlines the value of the concrete commitment of a very young woman who adheres to the USSR Women’s Union, who in the early 1950s, together with other comrades from various political backgrounds, conducted the investigation into the misery; a job that is done in close contact with people who have lived under degraded conditions, especially women and children.
Paola Pinna, former secretary of the CGIL school, linked the red thread that connects these experiences with the role of Paola Ruiu as the first secretary of the Provincial CGIL of Sassari in 1971. Commitment: the authority is oriented towards the respect of the institutions, accompanied by the search for mediation lived in the comparison of experiences and knowledge; The characteristics of a woman who was determined with adults, but “very sweet with children”, on which her world she always referred.
In memory of the knowledge and skills acquired by the late teacher in the vocational and training areas, the President of the Gramsci House Museum in Ghilarza, Giorgio Macciotta, spoke about the merits that have been gained through the increase of two “Schools” won: those of PCI and those of Antonio Pigliaru in the Ichnusa multifunctional group, where she learned to wrap up social relationships and fight the battles of the time, such as the one for the Rebirth Plan in the 1960s. .
The teaching position with Pigliaru goes back to the memory of Salvatore Tola, a scholar of Sardinian culture who drew back the experience of the Ichnusa Masters Center for the commitment of teacher Paola Ruiu to the cultural and social needs of the Communities to think about, with special respect. for adult education. An experience carried out together with an active group of teachers, under the wise and far-sighted gaze of the philosopher Antonio Pigliaru, who encouraged their autonomous continuation even after the cessation of the magazine’s activities, which took place in the summer of 1965. .
The characteristics of a woman who is able to read the critical themes of her time are recognized in the anthropological quality of the final thesis regarding “the cultural transformations produced by industrial work among the petrochemical workers”. A field study, analyzed by historian Sandro Ruju, that highlighted the great documentary value of interviews with men and women from agriculture and emigration, a photograph of a time that was the watershed between two worlds.
In the afternoon session, the Round Table, moderated by academic Alberto Merler, highlighted the singularity of a didactic culture that combines rights and imagination.
The actors of the company “The barrel and the cylinder” Giommaria Manunta and the actress Ica Sanna have a taste of the poetic production and texts for the theater of Paola Ruiu with the reading of the fable “The magnet pulls crazy” from the Book “The children of the Sassari streets”.
The presentation of some scenes from the theater show from the book “The Children and the Hutter” offered the opportunity to appreciate a message of forgiveness of irresponsible economic choices. The show was started by a theater laboratory of the primary schools of Ossi and came second in the National Review of the Children’s Theater of Serra San Quirico in March in 1999.
The presentation of the fable “A Thousand Tapes on the Ocean”, taken from the DVD “Nastri di parole per girotondi di pace”, is the culmination of a project on human rights education sponsored by the Italian section of Amnesty International, intended for girls . and for children from kindergarten and primary school.
Gian Mario Manca and Fabio Di Pietro describe the process from the texts of Paola Ruiu’s book, “Fairy Tales and Nursery on the Rights of the Child”, underlining the participation of girls and boys from primary school, by young Amnestian Activists and students of the Liceo Azuni in Sassari
The dedicated testimony of the teachers of Oschiri, Franca Deligios and Maria Pina Sini confirms the value of the pedagogical revolution of “Madame Paola”, which was implemented with the appearance of full-time and inclusion of the disabled: a work that social fabric of the community.
At the end of the study day, the singing of “Deus ti salve Maria”, in the version by Fabrizio De Andrè, gave the presenters the emotion for the tireless commitment of a teacher who honored the talents and courage of women and who, as his daughter Grazia Maddalon said, made possible “the invention of speeches intertwined with poetry.”

The conference was sponsored by the University of Sassari, the municipality of Sassari, the Regional Council of Sardinia, the province of Sassari, the municipalities of Ossi and Oschiri. CGIL Sassari, Istituto Magistrale Margherita di Castelvì, Amnesty International, UDI-Unione Donne in Italy and IC Statale San Donato have collaborated.


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