When I first fail, never give up

Twenty years old, Pakistani origin, Emilian accent, university student in engineering, professor. Iqbal Ain Ul Hassan, for all Hassan or Prof. Hassan opens through his (extra) ordinary testimony a window into the world of today’s young people. From desks to professorships, from professorships to desks, towards the world of work. With confidence and passion for what you do.

Iqbal Ain Ul Hassan, 20 years

Iqbal Ain Ul Hassan (to his students “Prof. Hassan“) moves between the motors on laboratory where he teaches mechanicsatFratelli Taddia Technical Institute of Cento, with agility and security. “It’s the engine of a Porche, see” – and he points to a glittering monster consisting of an intertwining of tubes and gears. Inside the large room, the orange walls and the high ceilings, there are another twenty more or less similar engines: They are used by the department’s students to practice and prepare for the work in the workshop that awaits them after 1 p.m. diploma. In addition to the row of driving machines, you can then see rows of desks, a desk and a blackboard. “This lab is the essence of what we do here, between theory and practice,” Hassan explains.

Of origin Pakistaniuniversity students in engineering work, Hassan has lived in Emilia with his family since he was very young. His course of study and his peaceful but determined nature led him to join the roster for teachers more young of Italy. At just twenty, he teaches as a substitute teacher at the same technical department where he graduated just a year ago. He tells us that it was not immediately easy to get respect from his students: “Some struggled to call me her, especially those older than me. Others put me to the test for the first few months and asked me questions. “that crossed their minds. They wanted to see if I was really prepared, if I deserved their respect.” Proof that Hassan has undeniably passed: Just look at the fifth grade students he teaches to be sure.

But how do you become a teacher as a thief? We ask the rector of the Taddia Brothers Institute in Cento, Elena Accorsi: “This is a particularly thorny and complex issue. In Italy, it is increasingly difficult to find the so-called ITP, Practical technical teachers. There are very few of them. Furthermore, the competitions and the ranking are structured in such a way that subjects such as mechanics and laboratory technology are often taught by professors who have studied something else. After Covidwe were in the situation of having to replace the professor of mechanics, but we could not find anyone. ‘

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Elena Accorsi, Dean of the Taddia Brothers Higher Education Institute, Cento

Elena Accorsi, Dean of the Taddia Brothers Higher Education Institute, Cento

Principal continues: “At that time we got the glimpse of genius. Since the basic requirement for teaching this subject is to have a high school diploma, we said to ourselves ‘but we have a diploma!’. And we called Hassan”.

Prof Hassan is described by the headmaster as a “facilitator“.” In addition to being extremely prepared, he also has the so-called soft values. He is able to create a positive environment around him, he has always helped his peers, he knows how to listen ”, Accorsi explains.

“In the beginning, it was strange to have Hassan as a teacher,” he says Gabriele Cotromano, a student of Hassan. “But then it dawned on us how much it helps us to have a professor the same age as us. He understands things that those who are older no longer remember, they know what it means to be on the other side of the professorship because they have just been there. They understand our. difficulties and manage to help us “.

Hassan proudly tells us that when he took over the reins of this laboratory, many students had gods debt: “Today I managed to bring them all together”. “Let’s do a simulation of interrogation“, we suggest. At first a little hesitantly the boys let themselves go to the game. Hassan sits down at the desk and calls two volunteers, Gabriele and Tiltu. He gets them to draw him. scheme of a car skeleton. Then he invents a problem and invites them to solve it. “You can also look at your cell phone if you want.” “The importance of these exercises – Hassan explains – is to make them think and simulate a real situation. If you are in the workshop and the customer takes the car in an accident, you can also do all the research on the phone you will, but if you do not know, think, analyze the problem, and if you do not know the details of that car, then do not go far. ” This is his teaching method. And then, with the help of questions, he managed to get all his students to take the exam. “Each of them, each of us, has a job waiting for them,” he says, smiling.

Towards the end of the interview, we ask Hassan about his family. “Trivial observation: your parents must be very proud of you.” “I hope so – he replies – but I want to emphasize that I have not always been so good. Once I did not like to study, I was lethargic, I never wanted to go to school. In eighth grade I also went rejected“, He confides.” And that’s exactly why to my students, but also to those who listen to me, I would like to say: even if you have been rejected, do not give up. It happened to me and today I am at this point. Study, elaborate, be passionate. Today, without the investigation, nothing can be done. “

Eventually, in the classroom and in the laboratory, Hassan fights back bullying. “There’s one thing I just can not stand and I’ve given so many notes for. It’s bullying,” he says. And he explains: “As long as you joke, it’s okay. But it’s very clear when the joke ends, because there’s one who no longer laughs while the other continues.” Prof Hassan says he was the first to have bullied episodes in elementary and middle school. “To those who experience this kind of violence, I would say: do not give it to the bullies. Study, think about your future”. “And what would you say to the bullies?” we ask. He thinks about it for a moment, then responds sincerely: “I have no words for them, because I can not understand what motivates their action, what makes one person enjoy humiliating another. But I wanted something to say to the parents of bullies.: follow your children and do not give them everything they ask for. In many cases it is the parents who pamper the children, this year as a teacher I have really seen it. They raise spoiled children who have much more than they deserve, and therefore they no longer understand its value. “

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