“Facing the challenges of today’s school together, creating new conditions of peace and living among local and global citizens”

Conflict resolution through mutual knowledge of people who have lived and are living the very reality of the conflict. This is the cornerstone of the “Swallow Method”developed by the association founded on the outskirts of Arezzo by Franco Vaccari. Objective: to export the reasons for respecting the different.

Education Minister Patrizio Bianchi in a video conference

“It simply came to our notice then conditions of peace that they are the only real school we need today ”, in the words of the Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchi, which opened the proceedings of the meeting on Wednesday 27 October entitled “The challenges of today’s school among local and global citizens”. This is the parallel event of the Education sector as part of the Italian G20 presidency, promoted by the same ministry, Department of Education and Training – Directorate General of School Systems, Evaluation and Internationalization of the National Education System, in collaboration with the association “Rondine Cittadella della Pace”. An initiative that, as Bianchi recalled, “puts at the center the challenges that our school has to face today. between local and global and therefore the education of our children a transforming the conflict into an occasion for confrontation and therefore not only a confrontation but also the capacity to build together new paths of life, new paths of participation, new paths towards an ever new democracy ”.

With “Rondine” education becomes confrontation with the other

The minister’s speech is clear, he recalled Carla Guettinational coordinator of Unesco Aspnet – Midgosvi, also greeting Maria Assunta Palermo, Director General of School Systems, Evaluation and Internationalization of the National Education System: “Putting the educational relationship to respond to the great challenges of the Third Millennium aggravated by the pandemic ”. Hence the choice of ‘To swallow’ (www.rondine.org) by the ministry to make the experience acquired through the ‘School of Excellence in the fourth year of high school’. He lived a school year Citadel of Peace which trains young people to learn to deal with conflict by focusing on the generating force of the relationship. An educational and training course that has allowed them to experiment with the Rondine Method in adolescent education, recognized by the Ministry of Education, University and Research. experimentation for didactic innovation since 2015.

Stefania Giannini, Deputy Director-General of Unesco

Project that also received the plot of Stefania GianniniUnesco Deputy Director-General: “The ‘Quarto Anno a Rondine’ project is a good practice to make this process work. regeneration of schools that, precisely in the context of the G20 Ministerial in Catania, last June, we also supported and promoted with Minister Bianchi and with all the ministers of the countries involved “, he says, recalling his presence on the occasion of the inauguration of the school. which welcomed the ‘Fourth Year of the Swallow’ in 2015.
“I would like to applaud the association and the community – Giannini continues – that was built around the winning idea of ​​Franco Vaccari, developed in World House with young people from places of conflict and that for 6 years he has found in Italian adolescents a community ready to embrace these values ​​and this educational experience. We know that this experience is also essential to address problems in this part of the world where there is no armed war but other social tensions.

Conflict and relationship

And precisely from the meaning of the word “conflict“The president of ‘Rondine Cittadella della Pace’ is leaving, Franco Vaccarinot as a synonym for war but as a “clash of differences”, in which one must learn to live firmly in everyday life without reaching destruction of the other or of oneself.

Franco Vaccari, President of “Rondine Citadel of Peace”

And then the playing field is right there relationship.
“Relations in today’s society, especially after the pandemic, they are fractured, destroyed -says Vaccari-; we think of the intergenerational alliance, the man-woman relationship, the affective bonds, the doctor-patient relationship. If the founding relationships of the company are broken, what happens at school? There is a collision, a request that pushes the school to pursue answers. In twenty-six years, working with young people from war contexts, we have gone to the bottom of relationships, where they touch the darkest point, the one where the relationship gets sick to the point of generating the idea of ​​enemy“.
“So, ‘says the president of’ Rondine ‘, it turns out that the relationship heals, if one is in charge of the relationship. So we experienced the new paradigm of educational relationship, which can contain any fragility, giving new possibilities for regeneration. An energy big bang is also available for schools thanks to the ‘Fourth Year Rondine’ school program. A prototype that is coming out of Rondine and finding schools, teachers and principals, who welcome the possibility of regeneration.

The search for identity during the “Fourth Year of the Swallow”

It is not an easy path, but the acceleration of the emergency crisis is also an opportunity to renew the involvement of all actors in the world of education and training, to meet educational challenges through new stimuli. and educational models.

Arezzo, demonstration for peace

The contributions of the the academy put in context by Ivo LizzolaProfessor of Social Pedagogy and Pedagogy of Marginality and Deviation at the University of Bergamo, and of Raffaella IafrateProfessor of Social Psychology at the Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, who has been collaborating with ‘Rondine’ for some time to explore the possibilities of applying the ‘Method’ in other contexts through scientific research.
Finally, the contributions of the school world directors, teachers and students of the ‘Fourth Year Rondine’that they live the challenges of education every day and that they wanted to make their experience available.
“Students do not come from conflict zones like the young people in the World House, but they still face the most important conflict in life: the search for one’s own identity“, points out Maurizio Gatteschidirector of the Vittoria Colonna Institute in Arezzo, the school that hosts the experimentation of the “School of Excellence of the fourth year” in Rondine in the Ministry, and leader of the school network of Arezzo that guarantees the teaching plans.

From knowledge to skills

“This is a ‘conflict’ that unites all adolescents, reinforced byinteraction between them what happens basic in the complex process of self-formation. The project and the Rondine Method that underlies it, as an interactive school, pushes students to confront, to cooperate as a team for a shared result, creates connections between knowledge and the use of these in concrete terms, which then represents that step of “teaching knowledge” a “Teaching skills” recommended, more than a decade ago, by Europe, and implemented by Miur in 2010 ″.
So they were Patrizia Borghesiprofessor of Italian at the Liceo Scientifico Francesco Redi in Arezzo, e Antonella Fataimathematics teacher at the Liceo Classico Francesco Petrarca in Arezzo, to share some of the tools used in the project’s innovative teaching: from the “sewing technique“This allows study subjects to be strongly anchored todayallowing the young person to interpret what is happening around them and to develop a critical spirit, up to tutora new figure for the school world but highly valued because he is a relational facilitator in constant contact with the teachers, who work so much in fragility of individuals that ingroup balance class, promoting the human and professional growth of children and their ability to learn.
Finally, young people could not miss it, the students of the ‘Fourth Year’, which testified to how the tools and skills acquired at Rondine enabled them addressing the pandemictaking advantage of internal resources, reading it as a conflict in which to transform creatively an opportunity for growth and put yourself at the service of others in constant care of the relationship.
Broadcast live on the Ministry of Education’s YouTube channel, the event is available online on the Ministry’s YouTube channel (link here).

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