It is often said that “a swallow does not make spring”, but there is a swallow, it Citadel of Peace in Arezzothat is giving life to its umptome revolution by putting the education of young people at the center, that emergence of new leaders, true driving force and horizon for every action for almost 30 years.
That said, it seems like an escape with scattered wings, between the ideological and the idealized, in fact, Rondine for young people is a story that has its roots in the medieval village, which was born on the banks of the Arno, a story that deserves to be well told.
Because Rondine is not a school, but has always “taught” and it is closely connected with all that is the formation of man. It is a strong synergy. For 25 years with the international youth of House of the World couple of girls and boys “Enemies” from countries in conflict with each other that in Rondine meet, live together and work to transform their conflicts into projects that can create a concrete positive effect in their territories. Since 2015 in school with Fourth year of high schoolwhere Rondine made her own available to the students Method for creative conflict transformation and today it is treated long last to all schools in Italy, but all of them with Cooling section.
Finally yes, because, today more than ever the schoolfollowing the difficulties of the pandemic, it experiences new conflicts and (perhaps) needs to rethink its role in society
It needs new tools, approaches and perspectives counteract school dropouts which spreads like a steppe fire e.g. address the new educational inequalities of those who have been denied access to education because of an Internet connection that has not resisted the blow of meeting a new school that has become DAD.
Because boys and girls have suffered the most during the pandemic and the signs of that period they carry with them on their shoulders. Who in the head, who in the stomach. A nice weight. As if the packed backpack was not enough.
Not that times were easy even before the pandemic, where the relational dimension between young people was – and still is – crossed by real perceptual distortions of space and time.
We ask young people to be global citizens as they struggle to leave their room to meet others
We ask them to dream and build the future, and they do not have the strength to read the present and live in it without being influenced by anxiety and discomfort. We see them live on lifeall connected in an eternal present, to discover that they then feel more and more alone, in a constant search for balance between authenticity and appearanceintimacy and exhibition, autonomy and relationship with the other.
To put it in the “Rondinesian” way, our time is characterized by 3 variables: acceleration, deep complexity and high conflict
Mutual differences remain pressed inacceleration time swirling around, there is no time to understand them and let them calm down. There complexity it multiplies the causes of possible conflicts at all levels: social, cultural, economic and reduces the common space. That conflict it is no longer a meeting between differences that may be understood and accepted, but an unsustainable degeneration that risks an angry drive, up to violence and confrontation
And what happens to our young people in all this chaos?
They risk suffering this precariousness and losing the depth and perspective needed to live the present with serenity and awareness and become protagonists in a future where one can dream with courage and build together.
And how can the school re-center itself in its nature as a place of education, sociality, citizenship and the first training ground for democracy?
Rondine has clear ideas on the subject.
The school must strive for a new educational goal: to enable young people to know how to live, manage and orient themselves in this era, with a new practice for education in non-violence, where young people’s fragility and development paths can be channeled. . people
School as a boundary to be overcome, school as a horizon to aim for. The school should not stand alone because it risks succumbing to a crush of an overload of roles and functions that are not due to it, and ignoring the expectations that students and families project on it.
This is how the Rondina department was bornwith the experience of the Citadel of Peace at the service of the School World. From September 2022, this experimental three-year period will start in 13 Italian colleges, ranging from third to fifth grade and offers a new way of teaching by putting the person and the relationship back in the center – with themselves, with the class group and with the teachers. It is a school that goes beyond simple notions and integrates cognitive skills with cross-cutting skills – the famous soft values – and with life skills which helps to cope with everyday life.
In each class, the teachers trained in the Rondine method – already 230 in Italy – e.g. the supervisor, the relational facilitator for individual students and the class group in interpersonal and intergroup relationships and with teachers. Also open and participatory class councils with studentsinnovative, interdisciplinary, international and digital teaching.
From Naples to Bergamo, passing through Alghero, Prato, Arezzo and Mondovì, up to Trieste, Cremona, San Giovanni Valdarno and Udine. In the Rondine section, the conflict dimension is at the center of class life.
To transform the class into a cohesive educational community capable of taking care of itself and the other. Recognize your boundaries without fear. Able to “turn their wounds into gold”.
Between joys and challenges that are shared creates a new sense of belonging. Young artisans by themselves building their new communities together day by day. Who knows how to welcome and transform while learning. Young people who can choose to overturn the concept of boundaries, to face their own inner conflicts and conflicts that arise with their class. Young people who as masters of the ancient Japanese art Kintsugi they will be able to decide if they want to repair their wounds with the gold of history, coexistence, cooperation, highlight the fractures instead of hiding them. How to repair a broken pottery with gold to turn it into a new object with a new life.
Stronger guys, more united, more valuable than they were before they recognized their own cracks.
Students from the Rondine section, the school where you learn to recognize and live in conflict, to turn it into vital energy.
We can not wait to meet them.