A model of collaboration, a set of concrete actions already tested and a strategy for the future: this is the Territorial Plan for the fight against educational poverty and early school leaving, presented yesterday afternoon at Forte Marghera. The Plan, published by the Venice educational community, was born from Futuro Prossimo, a project selected by the social enterprise Con i Bambini, within the Fund for the fight against youth educational poverty, led by Save the Children, the organization that donates more than a hundred years struggling to save children at risk.
The territorial context
Data collected by Venice City Council during the 2020/2021 school year show an increase in reports of cases of possible school dropout from schools at all levels. The phenomenon seems to be growing especially in primary school, while the difficulties in reorienting the study itineraries of children aged 14 to 16 stand out. In addition, according to the 2021 Children’s Atlas published by Save the Children, in the Veneto region children and young people who have never been to the theater are between 71.1% and 74.4%, while those who have never visited a museum between 42.1% and 74.4%. 45.1%. Sedentary boys or girls, or those who do not play any sport, vary by area between 10% and 13%, clearly below the national average of 22.2%.
The Futuro Prossimo project has been working since 2018 in the Marghera-Venice area to strengthen the educational community, a network made up of institutions, schools, families and third sector organizations that are committed to promoting the well-being and participation of children. .
“Thanks to Futuro Prossimo we have learned many new things together, we have lived new adventures in our area, we have grown and we have related to others, to be in a group. We had a great time. With this project we have become more aware of our territory and we know, for the future, that we can participate in activities that we did not know before »comment the boys and girls of the Futuro Prossimo Venezia.
The educational community -through the territorial tables, moments of debate and reflection on the urgencies and needs of the territory- has worked to identify the real needs of the territory, the priority areas of intervention for the fight against educational poverty and the ‘early school leaving, a list of potentially activable resources and actors, a model of collaborative work and, last but not least, the actual implementation of concrete proposals.
“Knowledge, resources and will are the three key words that have guided the work of the Venice educational community in recent years. We have always been aware of the importance of knowing the nuances and specificities of the problems that need to be addressed, because only then will we be able to connect the right resources and make real changes, ”said Marianna Fresu, national coordinator of Futuro Prossimo. – The fight against educational poverty and early school leaving requires time and energy in the short, medium and long term. And in order not to stop and go beyond the single project, it is essential to identify a method of sustainable collaboration, but above all positive and constructive, that does not complicate and / or add effort, but optimize and facilitate. The Territorial Tables were, and we hope that they continue to be, precisely that fertile ground where small changes can be made and that with time the educational community assumes the responsibility to cultivate ”.
“The Territorial Plan for the fight against educational poverty and early school leaving is the result of the constant commitment of the realities involved in this itinerary of guidance, training and planning – added Simone Venturini, Councilor for Social Cohesion of the Municipality of Venice – Thanks to the High Intensity Educational Network, which has strengthened the synergy between the municipal administration, the third sector and the associations of the territory, we have increased the offer of socio-educational activities for children and young people, creating opportunities for growth and interaction, with the common goal of regenerating the territory based on the needs of minors ”.
The Territorial Plan of Venice analyzes the interventions carried out from 2018 to the present and the action strategy to be followed for 2024.
Working in three priority areas of intervention – participation and training, spaces / places / environment, inclusion and community – specific actions were co-planned and implemented that led to concrete and tangible results. To date, the High Intensity Education Network has been set up, made up of more than 130 territorial realities (institutions, schools, associations); 12 moments of training and updating were promoted for adults in the educational community; 42 city workshops proposed for 0/18 year olds and adults with the involvement of about 500 participants; thanks to the active participation of the children, 3 murals, 1 relaxation room, 1 school radio, 2 language laboratories have been created; 35 individualized itineraries (Community Educational Qualifications) have been activated connecting different actors (families, associations, providers, schools) and 1 group of “mentor” parents created for the school guidance of families of foreign origin. In addition, all the actors involved have worked to innovate the free educational offer both in school and out of school.
Specifically, some of the planned actions are: inserting the High Intensity Education Network in the Three-Year Plan of the Veneto Region 2023/2026, creating new service assignments for network actors with the use of ordinary funds and funding ad hoc, promote the inclusion of at least five new schools of all types and levels in the Network, conduct thematic studies for teachers and educators at least twice a year in the area, ensure integrated care for at least 20 children, support the reappropriation of school and extracurricular spaces by co-planning at least three interventions with children.
“The High Intensity Educational Network is an open and dynamic expression of the territory. All members have signed the Venice Education Community Pact, which sets out their goals and values, concluded Julia di Campo, local coordinator of Futuro Prossimo Venezia. In the first edition of the Festival della Rete we wanted to give voice to the common commitments made so far and future commitments to give us the opportunity to change based on the rights of children and adolescents to never leave anyone behind by taking concrete actions . by contrasting educational poverty and early school leaving. “