School dropout in Caltanissetta, Democratic Party: “One in ten students drop out of school before the age of 16”

Editorial board
June 29, 2022 6:58 AM

The news of PNRR funds aimed at Nissene schools and aimed at combating early school leaving is a splendid sign of hope for our territory. All statistical surveys show that in Caltanissetta the issue of growing educational poverty can no longer be postponed. In Nissene schools, one in ten students drop out of school before the age of sixteen and one in four before graduating. We are one of the Italian provinces with fewer and fewer graduates and even among those who finish the study cycle there are serious difficulties, as shown by the results of the latest Invalsi tests. If this happens it is also due to the lack of training on offer that characterizes the Nisseno area. To realize this, it is enough to remember that about 60% of the municipalities in the province do not have public nurseries and even where these are present -as in the municipality of Caltanissetta- the places available they are absolutely insufficient.
Given these data, the availability of resources derived from the PNRR certainly represents an opportunity that should not be missed. That is why we also believe it is necessary to clearly reiterate our proposals for the fight against educational poverty:
1) the promotion of educational territorial pacts to involve the administration and to make possible the opening of the schools to the territory, to the associative world and to the productive realities;
2) strengthening local social service through the hiring of professional personalities (psychologists, social workers, health assistants, socio-health and socio-educational educators), assigned to priority areas of territorial intervention and suitable for promoting a local socio-educational servicefully including vulnerable families and, in particular, those with a migrant background and children with disabilities;
3) expanding the coverage of places in nursery schools for the full recognition of children’s rights, to be achieved by accessing the exceptional economic resources specifically allocated by the 2021 budget law for the five-year period 2022-2026;
4) a Maestranze 4.0 project, which strengthens the link between the manufacture of the territory and the training realities, encouraging innovation, digitization and higher vocational training. also through the creation of a higher technical training institute;
5) a package of measures dedicated to the university and aimed at implementing services to students of active degrees in the city, from free public transport to the night opening of the Library, through the creation of research laboratories in collaboration with local companies.
Ara, with the arrival of 4.7 million euros to combat early school leaving, these ideas must find space on the political agenda of the city and the entire province. In particular, we believe it is necessary to work immediately on the promotion of territorial educational pacts that connect schools and the territory to intervene structurally and continuously in social unrest, activating processes of inclusion, breaking cultural barriers, urban regeneration and in contrast to educational poverty. To sum up, the resources of the PNRR must allow the transformation of our schools into authentic social laboratoriessquares open in the morning and in the afternoon, community and reception spaces.
We strongly urge all municipalities in the province to accept this challenge and commit all their energy in this regard. Missing this opportunity would not only be a mistake, it would be an unforgivable crime against Caltanissetta and her youth. A crime we could not forgive.
Andrea Alcamisi
Circle PD Guido Faletra
Carlo Vagginelli
Provincial Secretary PD

The news of PNRR funds aimed at Nissene schools and aimed at combating early school leaving is a splendid sign of hope for our territory. All statistical surveys show that in Caltanissetta the issue of growing educational poverty can no longer be postponed. In Nissene schools, one in ten students drop out of school before the age of sixteen and one in four before graduating. We are one of the Italian provinces with fewer and fewer graduates and even among those who finish the study cycle there are serious difficulties, as shown by the results of the latest Invalsi tests. If it also happens to us by the lack of formative offer that characterizes the zone of Nisseno. To realize this, it is enough to remember that about 60% of the municipalities in the province do not have public nurseries and even where these are present -as in the municipality of Caltanissetta- the places available they are absolutely insufficient.

Given these data, the availability of resources derived from the PNRR certainly represents an opportunity that should not be missed. Also for this reason we believe it is necessary to clearly reiterate our proposals to combat educational poverty:
1) the promotion of educational territorial pacts to involve the administration and to make possible the opening of the schools to the territory, to the associative world and to the productive realities;
2) strengthening local social service through the hiring of professional personalities (psychologists, social workers, health assistants, socio-health and socio-educational educators), assigned to priority areas of territorial intervention and intended to promote a community-based socio-educational servicefully including vulnerable families and, in particular, those with a migrant background and children with disabilities;

3) expanding the coverage of places in nursery schools for the full recognition of children’s rights, to be achieved by accessing the exceptional economic resources specifically allocated by the 2021 budget law for the five-year period 2022-2026;
4) a Maestranze 4.0 project, which strengthens the link between the manufacture of the territory and the training realities, encouraging innovation, digitization and higher vocational training. also through the creation of a higher technical training institute;
5) a package of measures dedicated to the university and aimed at implementing services to students of active degrees in the city, from free public transport to the night opening of the Library, through the creation of research laboratories in collaboration with local companies.

Ara, with the arrival of 4.7 million euros to combat early school leaving, these ideas must find space on the political agenda of the city and the entire province. In particular, we believe it is necessary to work immediately on the promotion of territorial educational pacts that connect schools and the territory to intervene structurally and continuously in social unrest, activating processes of inclusion, breaking cultural barriers, urban regeneration and in contrast to educational poverty. To sum up, the resources of the PNRR must allow the transformation of our schools into authentic social laboratoriessquares open in the morning and in the afternoon, community and reception spaces.

We strongly urge all municipalities in the province to accept this challenge and commit all their energy to it. Missing this opportunity would not be just a mistake, it would be an unforgivable crime against Caltanissetta and her youth. A crime we could not forgive.
Andrea Alcamisi
PD Guido Faletra Circle
Carlo Vagginelli
Provincial Secretary PD

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