Pnrr: if the ministry doubts the early school leaving (20/06/2022)

One and a half million euros to combat early school leaving and educational gaps: the PNRR allocates them but today there is no strategy for use. Ludovico Albert, Marco Rossi Doria, Franco Lorenzoni, Andrea Morniroli, Vanessa Pallucchi, Don Marco Pagniello, Chiara Saraceno therefore decided to break the delay to ask the Ministry for an operational framework, which allows not to miss this opportunity.

The seven are all members of the Working Group appointed in recent months by the Ministry of Educationwith the task of elaborating the indications for the foundation of these two objectives within the PNRR: A 36-page document was handed to Education Minister Patrizio Bianchi in early June, with precise directions and operational recommendations drawn up so as not to “start over”. If before a valuation time was natural, now the days go by and experts express a strong concern about the risk that the planned investments will result in a missed opportunity.

“We have not received an official response on an educational investment program to support the most vulnerable people and situations, which is based on experience. We are very concerned, because we are aware of the expectation on the part of schools and territories affected by growing educational poverty. We look forward to a positive response in the coming days, especially for the hundreds of thousands of children and young people, schools and teachers, local authorities and the Italian third sector education community, ”they say.

Marco Rossi Doria, president of the social enterprise Con i Bambini, which works for the fight against youth educational poverty, underlines how the Group has worked “very seriously after having audited experts and collected data, primarily from those responsible The schools of the South, the Center and the North have been dedicated to this front for years. actions carried out by the Fund to combat child educational poverty thanks to alliances between schools, teachers and Third Sector operators in the construction of well-organized educational communities between school and territory. ”Even the latest data from the Istat – reiterates Rossi Doria – indicate a tremendous emergency in the increase of family poverty, which confirms a ten-year trend that is at the root of both school dropout and growth the gap in education: “We are talking about a phenomenon that affects hundreds of thousands of children and families in need. The right to education must be defended by reaching out to all children and young people in difficulty. ELThe Group’s document provides detailed guidance on how to do this and would provide a real step forward for the school and for the country because the PNRR is taking advantage to finally initiate systemic action to address school dropout and lack of learning. by strengthening educating communities around the public school. “

What does the document that the Working Group handed over to Minister Bianchi say? Of the 36 pages processed, 20 provide precise indications and operational recommendations and 16 contain the recognition / map of the main interventions implemented on the training failure in the last 5 years, with the aim of not wasting the know-how acquired and “not starting again”. every time’. PNR Investment 1.4 has a threefold goal:

  1. measure and monitor territorial gaps, also through the consolidation and generalization of the PISA / INVALSI tests
  2. reduce territorial differences in Italy in terms of the level of basic skills (Italian, mathematics and English), below the OECD average, in particular in the south
  3. develop a strategy to structurally combat early school leaving

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