The school of the future, designed by the students

What will the school of the future be like? The young people involved will take the floor…#leparolechesiamo, la scuola che vogliamo is a project aimed to directly involve students in creating and shaping the future by making their voices heard.

Now in its third edition, the project #leparolechesiamo, la scuola che vogliamo, promoted by Mondadori Education and the Nuovo Devoto-Oli, this year relies on the collaboration of Intesa Sanpaolo and TraiLab, the laboratory of excellence of the Catholic University which brings together researchers and professors from the faculties of sociology, psychology, economics.

"In Intesa Sanpaolo's commitment there has always been a special attention to young people, their education and training and accordingly their access to the world of work ,which are fully fledged components of our Business Plan.
In the #leparolechesiamo, la scuola che vogliamo project, we acknowledged the value of listening to young people.
The school will actually change only if we will be able to listen to the voice of those who live in the school, and who sometimes, “suffer” it without ever being asked. It is inconceivable not involving young people of today in making choices and in the process of training orientations that will definitely affect the adults of tomorrow.
It will forge their destiny as people and workers. Not paying attention to these voices would mean failing on future generations, which we are responsible for".

Elena Jacobs, Head of Social Enhancement and Relations with Universities 

The project involves 3 phases: listening to students, the idea of concrete projects, the achievement of the best projects. The listening phase began with the Future Labs, which has involved 15 groups of students, 190 students from high schools and technical and professional institutes throughout Italy, from Enna to Foggia, from Lecce to Milan, from Prato to Naples, from Rho to Catania and Caltanisetta.
How do you see school today? How will the school look like? What will be the improvements? Which are the elements that tomorrow's adults consider essential today? These are some of the questions students began with, starting to narrate their experiences, expressing their dreams and expectations in order to develop concrete and achievable projects.
The children, gathered in experiential listening workshops conducted by a team of TraiLab psychologists and sociologists, were asked to highlight, through texts and graphics, critical issues of the current school system and to imagine viable solutions to contingent problems.

The project now continues with the involvement of a larger parterre of students and with a Call to challenge launched in schools of all grades to develop sustainable ideas capable of solving the most urgent problems of the Italian school system.
The contest focuses on three fundamental drivers of great relevance: inclusion, sustainability and innovation.
It will end with the presentation of the winning projects at the Ministry of Education and their promotion on a crowfunding platform so to raise the necessary funds to start their implementation.

From the Future Lab emerged a light and shadow picture of the Italian school situation: many problems and huge discomfort in living at school, but also a lot of positivity and confidence about the future. Students are willing to do and to take part in bringing change, they want to be key players in pursuing their training path and their individual growth. In particular, with regard to the boys:

- they are open to dialogue and discussion - they believe and trust the school system even if they transfer a bitter vision of the present
- they want to be key players of their training process - they crave for taking part in the process of building knowledge and for being at the heart of the education
- tend to live in the "here and now” - they would like an updated and engaging educational proposal, strongly connected to the development of soft skills and transversal skills required by the world of work
- they feel little listened to - they feel a certain relational distance with the professors who are sometimes only interested in the program; this generates uneasiness, insecurity and brings up the request for moments of meetings and exchange of views with their professors themselves so to improve the educational relationship
- they do not pay too much attention to technology - probably being digital natives they consider the technological tools available already outdated or inefficient, but above all they believe that the transformation of the school does not pass from technology, but from the relationships between students, with teachers and with the outside world
- they are attentive to the condition of school infrastructures - they would like public transport, school buildings, well-kept and tidy laboratories, but they think that this is an unattainable desire for which they propose to relocate the school to museums, parks, companies, or wherever facilities closer to their wishes.

Also with this collaboration we want to accompany follow the students through building a world and a society that allows them to fulfill themselves as individuals, in particular aiming to fill the gaps that force those who are most disadvantaged to have less chance in this process.
What the school of the future will look like, watch the video
Children's stories collected in a digital book, download it

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