+61 416 047 366 info@easyways.com.au

Out of class from the school. Olympics thanks to a Planetarium

Since childhood Vittoria Altomonte , 16 years old, loved to scan stars and planets with the naked eye and today what has been a childhood pastime has become a passion, an object of study and in the future, we hope, the springboard for a profession. So, after the astronomy Olympics in Sri Lanka in 2018 and in Romania this year with the bronze medal, two national awards with internships in the Canary Islands and Sardinia, Vittoria has landed at “The school’s Fuoriclasse”. A project dedicated to the enhancement of excellent students, born from the agreement between the Foundation for Financial Education and Savings and the MIUR, with the support of the Turin Savings Museum, the Italian Banking Association and Confindustria.

How did you become an award-winning student?
I have to thank my teacher from the Euclid Higher Institute of Bova Marina (Reggio Calabria), Angela Misiano, who gave me the basics of the preparation and encouraged me to attend the Pythagoras Planetarium in Reggio, one of the most beautiful in Europe and totally digital. The school helped me a lot because they gave me the right advice and made me touch on topics that anticipated the educational program. My parents were also decisive, to the point that they even accompanied me every day to the Planetarium to improve my preparation for competitions.

How did this passion start?
A little by chance and then I cultivated it by reading the books of Stephen Hawking and Margherita Hack. Astronomy is a transversal matter that passes through literature (we find it in Dante and Leopardi), mathematics, physics, chemistry and art (just think, for example, of the comet of the Adoration of the Magi by Giotto).

Everyone talks about civic education but meanwhile active education is being dismantled in kindergartens

If the international cooperation projects have been cut and the criteria have undergone substantial changes ( Here article ), the global citizenship education projects are completely eliminated from the provincial programming. The cut of the Province of these initiatives, which in recent years have been carried out by numerous associations, is clear cut.

Initiatives such as ” We tell you a story ” carried out by Acav , together with the Provincial Federation of Kindergartens , Canossian Kindergarten and Canossa Fashion Center, Tuttopace Table, Pavonian Artisan Institute and Friends Association of the John Paul II Foundation, are no longer of interest to the new provincial council. The amount ? In this case about 20 thousand a year for a three-year period .

Savings ? Approximately 250 thousand euro of appropriations per call per year on projects in turn co-financed by the associations. Loans canceled, even if they concern Trentino and take place entirely on the territory. Initiatives that had aroused interest at the national level, so much so that the former councilor Sara Ferrari had entered the board that had created the guidelines in Italy for the sector . Not only that, there was even a European contribution for “Global school” of around € 2 million in 2015 .

And if the provincial councilor Devid Moranduzzo recently spent on civic education (Here article ) and in the Commission on international cooperation explained that ” It would be better to give a hand to those who work for Trentino and for Italians who are in difficulty . The priority must be towards our citizens “, here are projects that could perform this function, which come closer, jump.

The project ” We tell you a story “, one of the last financed by the junta Rossi , started last year and the cost of the operation is, as anticipated, around € 20,000 per year. Few resources which, however, they are important for an initiative that sees paths involving groups of children who are heterogeneous in age and skills of the sections of the kindergarten to discuss and share , conceive and implement , to agree in the co-design of textures, backgrounds and characters.

Projects set up to promote an open and dialoguing school , to share and give value to everything that each institution puts in place every day. Plans and initiatives that also see the contribution of volunteers and local associations to weave ideas and paths with families , communities and institutions , without barriers.