Inclusion: the guidelines of the Whole School Approach presented in Numana- Italy
IIS Laeng-Meucci involved in the search for effective inclusive methodologies and practices for the teaching-learning process
The final seminar of the WAY project was held on Monday 3 October in the breathtaking setting of Numana, organized by IIS Laeng-Meucci, one of the partners of the initiative together with other institutes and organizations from Portugal, Greece, Belgium, Poland, Spain, in collaboration with the "Bicocca" University of Milan. During the conference, the research work was presented in front of teachers, headmasters and managers coming from the whole region, starting from the awareness that the psychophysical well-being of students is closely linked to learning.
"True inclusion" - underlined the Headmaster Angelo Frisoli at the opening of the meeting - "is the result of a holistic approach that looks at the student, at the physical and social environment, at national and territorial policies, at the bond with the community and the family". Soon after, the reports of the sociologist prof. Vittorio Lannutti and Prof. Veronica Velasco.
The results of the research linked to the WAY method, which started in October 2021 with preparation meetings in Spain and Poland and then continued in September of this year in Portugal, will be transferred to specific Guidelines aimed at "promoting the psycho-physical well-being and the integration of young migrants” and will be available to teachers, trainers, social services operators, the Health Service and NGOs.
Promoting the well-being of pupils, migrants but not only, implies that school managers, teachers, staff, parents, assistants, pupils and the community in general must adhere to the ethics and culture of the school: the whole-school approach therefore identifies the whole school community as a unit heading towards change, which must be more inclusive and effective. And if the territorial context in which we live is decisive for this new approach, the local actors did not miss the appointment, warmly responding to the invitation of the school: the seminar in fact saw the participation of Mayors, Deputy Mayors and representatives of Local Authorities of the territory.
In this context, the approach outlined is also significant in order to offer a measure of contrast to the problem of early school leaving, a widespread phenomenon especially among migrants.
The possibility of activating evening courses, such as those, is therefore particularly important promoted by our Institute, to offer opportunities for integration, work and social reintegration to those who have abandoned their studies.
A grateful thanks to the speakers and to those who shared their intentions and strategies with their precious presence, always aimed at developing concrete interventions and actions to promote integration and inclusion.