Working group to combat early school exchange. The project “Homework @ home” is underway

Education Minister Patrizio Bianchi set up the working group to find indications to counteract the dispersion and overcoming of territorial gaps, as part of the implementation of the PNRR, the National Recovery and Resistance Plan.
the group includes: Ludovico Albert, Franco Lorenzoni, Massimiliano Morelli, Andrea Morniroli, Massimo Nutini, Vanessa Pallucchi, Don Marco Pagniello, Marco Rossi Doria, Chiara Saraceno, Valentina Scavone.

Some of the actions that are being implemented concern more attention to the personalization of school paths and institutions where teaching levels are lower, targeted support for school managers, mentoring and training (including distance learning) for at least 50% of teachers, strengthening school time with committed projects.

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The newly formed group is responsible for defining indications and general guidelines provided for educational institutions participating in the NRP’s actions to combat early school exchanges and overcome territorial gaps, an objective to which d ‘National Recovery and Resilience Plan sets a total allocation of 1.5 billion.

Finally, a concrete action, even after the denunciation of the Anti-Mafia Family Commission in Sicily, where the dispersion reaches very alarming levels.

At the same time, it begins the second edition of the project ‘[email protected]’, born in 2021 from the collaboration between the De Agostini Foundation and the University of Turin to combat educational poverty and early abandonment and to support secondary school students in their studies. The initiative restarts from Milan, Turin and Novara and extends to Rome and Naples with a national dimension.
The Project ‘[email protected]” offers support in the teaching of the humanities, mathematics and scientific disciplines through an afternoon study activity aimed at secondary students, supported by the university students as tutors. The proximity of age between students and tutors allows for creating a relationship of trust and mutual appreciation.

And it seems that just a few weeks after the start of the project, the teachers found a lot of improvements in their students, both in terms of learning and participation in the classroom.
Along with ‘[email protected]” Schools become active topics for any purpose, signaling children and difficulties through teachers who, in turn, are involved in a training course and periodic verification of the initiative. The families also participate by signing a training agreement with the school to which they belong.
The activities – which run from February to May, for a total of 6,000 hours of assistance – are carried out remotely with a digital platform developed by the University of Turin and designed for synchronous video courses and interactive content sharing. Each meeting takes place one after the other (one university tutor / two students) or one after the other, depending on needs, and is carried out by university students, who are selected by a call and appropriately prepared by a training course.
The first edition of ‘[email protected]” involved 100 students from 3 secondary schools in Milan, Turin and Novara, 50 tutors from the University of Turin and 12 teachers, for a total of 15 weeks and 3,000 hours of tutoring.

At the end of the course, the students involved explained that the tutors were very useful because they allowed them to increase their knowledge (24%), to be able to participate in class lessons better (22%), more confidence in their own abilities . (20%), to be more interested in subjects (20%) and to feel more independent in their studies (11%). 80% also expressed an interest in replicating the experience also in the school year 2021-2022.
Through the analysis of the questionnaires completed by the teachers of the three schools, evident improvements in students’ motivation to study, self-esteem, learning ability, autonomy, participation and competences emerged.

The average grade, again at the end of the project, increased significantly in both science and humanities, so that the students reached the complete passage. The feedback from the student families was also excellent, of which 94.5% would like their children to repeat the experience in 2022 as well.
Teachers recognized that 76% of students improved in science subjects and 87% had improvements in the humanities.
The numbers of the second edition will double this year. The number of pupils involved in the first and second grades of high school will increase from 100 to 200 and the institutes from 3 to 6. The university students who study children in the afternoon will also increase from 50 to 100 (50 for the humanities and 50 for the science-mathematics field) and 6,000 hours of tutoring.

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