With the support decree ter comes the fund “Educational refreshments” (22/02/2022)

“The Fund for Educational Refreshments is set up under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, to promote the promotion of initiatives for the recovery and consolidation of learning related to school hours and the presence of lost students who have been subjected to isolation. Measures due to SARS-CoV-2 infection, through free extracurricular activities such as cultural activities, sports activities, summer stays, study support and psychological support. The endowment of the fund is € 667,000 for the year 2022 and € 1,333,000 for the year 2023. The methods and criteria for the distribution of the fund are defined by decree of the Minister of Education. Coverage will be achieved through a corresponding reduction in the fund for the enrichment and expansion of training offerings and for compensation interventions.

This is the text of the change of species. 5 of Legislative Decree 1/2022 “Urgent measures to deal with the emergency of COVID-19, particularly in the workplace, in schools and higher education institutions”, examined for redevelopment by the Social Affairs Committee of the Chamber. The amendment, approved yesterday by the Commission, sets up a fund for educational refreshments. It was first signed by Paolo Lattanzio (Pd) and was signed by Siani, Spena, Bagnasco, Villani, Sportiello, Ianaro, D’Arrando, Nitti, Bologna, Patelli, Bubisutti, Trizzino, Fornaro, Noja. Rapporteur Elena Carnevali gave a positive opinion.

“It is an important measure, because two years after the start of the pandemic, it is recognized that the damage caused by the crisis is not only economic, but it is also an educational loss that weighs on the shoulders of children and adolescents today.” , comments Raffaela Milano, Save the Children Director of Italy-Europe Programs. The “Educational Refreshments” fund would provide free after-school opportunities (cultural activities, sports, summer stays, study aid, psychological support) for students and conditions of severe economic hardship. The aim is to enable them to live high-quality pedagogical and cultural experiences that strengthen motivation and self-esteem and prevent early school exchanges and hence pedagogical poverty.

A few days ago, the organization, which has been fighting for over 100 years to save girls and boys in danger and guarantee them a future, launched a call for more than one “suspended generation“Because of the pandemic. The data on the educational emergency are dramatic: 2.1 million boys and girls aged 15-29 from education, training and employment (NEET), 23.3%, the highest percentage in Europe; Invalsi recorded a significant decline in basic skills among students who experienced severe disruptions in face-to-face teaching, while state data from 2020 estimate that 13.1% of 18-24 year olds dropped out of school without obtaining qualifications. Thus, a provision that is entering a historic phase, characterized by a sharp increase in the number of minors in absolute poverty (1,337,000 girls, boys and adolescents below the minimum threshold in Italy) and in that many families, by inflation and Energy costs, they have no resources to devote to the educational activities of their children.

The amount approved for the “refreshments” only is very limited compared to the current needs, but it can certainly be used to experiment with a new model of personalized pedagogical intervention for the programming of normal resources for the Development of community education pacts, therefore, acts as a driving force for other lending. The personalized pedagogical refreshment plan must be defined in a participatory way with the same boys and girls involved and aims to provide them with high quality pedagogical and cultural experiences that strengthen motivation and self-esteem and prevent early school exchange and therefore educational Poverty. . “How to save children – concludes Raffaela Milano – there We will now be committed to involving girls, boys and young people in the concrete definition of these opportunities through proposals submitted to the Ministry of Education so that this initiative takes their real needs seriously. ”

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