20:47 – Monday, June 20, 2022
News of the educational project. Councilor Bisesti: space for the prominence of young people. Commissioner Segnana: Close to the boys and girls as they go through a difficult time
“Neighborhood Alphabets” expands and reaches the hospital school.
Alfabeti di Quartiere is an educational project dedicated to the knowledge and exploration of the urban landscape of the neighborhood. The environment in which the school gravitates is adopted as a privileged measure of the child’s daily life. Initially aimed at primary school, it envisages subsequent extensions to other age groups. The project focuses on the urban areas affected by the transformation of the city in the twentieth century, according to a plan of research and gradual didactic transposition, which aims to take into account progressively more territorial areas of Trento, characterized by relatively, or totally, recent development. After the first edition, Alfabeti di Quartiere has been expanded with the subproject “A window of its own” dedicated to children and young people attending the Santa Chiara in Trento who attend the Hospital School in the district of Bolghera.
The news was presented at a press conference with the presence of the Councilor for Education Mirko Bisesti, the Councilor for Health Stefania Segnana, the Superintendent of Cultural Heritage of the Autonomous Province, Franco Marzatico, Lucia Linda Cella, coordinator of the area Umst. the protection and promotion of cultural heritage and activities, Patrizia Orler, company pedagogue and coordinator of the “Working Group for the Improvement of the Well-Being of Hospitalized Children and Their Families” and the director of the Integral Institute of Trento 4 Patrizia Visconti.
“This project, on the one hand, helps the boys and girls of the hospital to feel part of the educational system, on the other hand it gives them the opportunity to be protagonists and design the spaces that they themselves are called to use. within the city and neighborhood where they live. This is an element of the involvement that, together with the education for beauty that the Alfabeti district entails, allows to strengthen the social cohesion and the sense of belonging of the young people in their own city ”, emphasizes councilor Bisesti.
“The project is innovative and allows the health system to be close to children and their families in difficult times such as hospitalization and at the same time make them feel involved in school life,” said Councilor Segnana.
Alfabeti di Quartiere aims to implement an educational alliance between the institution that deals with cultural heritage and the school, on the subject of contemporary life, including in the future other districts of Trent in the twentieth century, by:
– foster a sense of belonging to the neighborhoods where children’s daily lives take place, increasing a focus on responsibility and care for spaces and common goods;
– stimulate intergenerational dialogue between different cultural affiliations, increasing the desire to share and socialize;
– To support the development of flexible educational itineraries, focused on the direct knowledge of places and spaces, the correct approach of documents and sources, the experimentation of laboratory methods;
– to stimulate in the children the abilities of observation of their own vital context, favoring the creativity and the pleasure linked to multiple narrative and figurative expressions, and to the practices of game;
– to help educators in the didactic transposition of tools and methods of knowledge and research of the urban landscape and its transformations, proposing materials and contributions to interpret its main characteristics and dynamics.
A window of its own
Its own window includes a video and three windows to build. These are the materials of a very special educational proposal dedicated to girls and boys who for health reasons are in bed or in sheltered or rehabilitation facilities. As a sign of inclusion, everyone, even hospitalized or frail children, can participate in knowledge processes. In particular, they can be accompanied, even by the places where they are, to explore the urban landscape and the dynamics that characterize it, with expressive activities that educate in spatial relations, observation and self-narration. A window of its own is part of the Alfabeti neighborhood education project, managed by the functional heritage education area, of the strategic mission unit for the protection and promotion of cultural assets and activities. Focusing on the exploration and knowledge of the territory and urban spaces in which we spend our days, this module also marks an important synergy between the Department of Education, University and Culture and the Department of Health, Social Policies, Disability and Family.
How “A Window of My Own” works:
The video, in the flow of a careful sequence of images and words, accompanies and invites children and young people to release their imagination, to open their eyes to the outside world or to themselves, paying attention to detail, to encourage creation of small three-dimensional windows, with which to explain emotions, interpretations and proposals, so that the professionals who have the task of taking care of the urban and cultural heritage, can know, and act accordingly. So that all “adults” can better understand the thoughts and desires of these children, the most vulnerable but not only, to try to improve the contexts in which they live.
At the end of the video is the address to view and download, possibly accompanied by an educator or a family member, the instruction booklet and discover that there are three different forms of windows that can be made, assembled and then animated. with your own observations. and reflections.
The window is, in fact, the architectural module chosen by the curators as the ideal tool to shape young people’s expectations about the outside or their own interior landscape, as it is a connection, accessible to all. , with the outside. .
The silhouettes, curated by Sarah Bertasio, a young architect from the Alfabeti neighborhood team, who studied its design and versatility, will be provided at the beginning of the school year to teachers who will attend school at the hospital, along with tutoring availability for classes that want to tackle the project.
For children in the classroom less involved in manual skills, an exercise and game notebook entitled Neighborhood Diaries, edited by Chiara Radice, educator and teacher who collaborates with the structure, allows you to explore, from your room , the neighborhood where the school is located. located in Santa Chiara Hospital.
In recent weeks, according to the director of the IC Trento 4 reference school, Patrizia Visconti, the materials have been previewed by the professors attached to the hospital, who have been able to give suggestions and indications for the optimization of the final products. .
The educational collaboration between the structures dedicated to the care of the cultural heritage of our territory and the places where we live, also with proposals and practices for an inclusive and accessible participatory cultural citizenship, and the structures that take care of the person, specifically . the health of the youngest, thus becomes fully operational, replicable, open to new proposals and spaces for experimentation.
The initiative is part of the programming of non-episodic proposals, which guarantee over time the continuity of competent attention to the multiple dimensions of an active and participatory cultural citizenship. The video is a production of Videonaria. The illustrations used in the film are by Giorgia Pallaoro, who also created the tables and images for the neighborhood alphabets. The project is curated by Lucia Linda Cella.
A particular added value to the educational project about the city is given by the creation of a motivational video aimed at the participation of hospitalized and vulnerable children.
Neighborhood alphabets, new module in 2022/2023
Alfabeti di Quartiere / Trento Sud was the first edition of the project, developed after the first experimentation started in 2020 with all primary school classes.
Degaspari, more than 200 children, in a large part of the neighborhood of San Giuseppe. Despite the interruptions and difficulties due to the suspension by Covid, the children have made numerous trips through the streets of the neighborhood, developed observations, conducted research and produced a lot of unpublished material collected at the school. This has led to the first real edition, with digital and printed materials of the project, which has been extended to include some urban areas south of the historic center, in particular large portions of the districts of San Giuseppe, Bolghera, Clarina and San Bartolomeo , Madonna Bianca, touching on peculiar aspects but above all proposing to the school tools and operational traces that can be adapted according to age and classes. In the 21/22 school year, about thirty teachers attended the refresher meetings, and a dozen classes, belonging to the primary school of Madonna Bianca and Clarina, Savio and Degaspari again, experimented with parts of the project, producing models, historical files, interviews and graphic elaborations. Delicious maps made by a first class, accompanied by their teacher. And the project has spread to the hospital school.
For the next academic year 2022/23, in addition to supporting the new classes that have expressed their interest in experimenting with the proposal dedicated to Trento Sud, the team of Alfabeti di Quartiere will be dedicated to the development of a new module inherent in the Piedicastello. area and Vela, always looking at the urban transformations of the twentieth century and more recent.
ALFABETI DI QUARTIERE is a project curated by Lucia Cella – UMSt for the protection and promotion of the cultural heritage and activities of Trento. Collaborations of: Sarah Bertasio, Marco Cestarolli, Giorgia Pallaoro, Chiara Radice.