Carletti leaves Malignani in Udine after more than twenty years as headmaster: “School today goes beyond simple notions”

UDINE. Another half month of work. Which will serve to perfect the handover with his successor, Oliviero Barbieri. So on September 1, Andrea Carletti, 67, in October, retires as the eighth director of Malignani, one of the Italian high schools with the highest number of students.

The last public presence on Saturday, at the ceremony of handing out 440 diplomas to the graduates who have just completed their youth education.

The first position as leader in 2001, in the training club in via Riccardo Di Giusto, a few days before 9/11; the recent work as headmaster in a complex historical moment (euphemism) between Covid and the conflict in Ukraine.

Graduated from Marinelli and graduated in agricultural science in Bologna, Carletti left Malignani after leading the institutes in half of the province.

Professor, let’s start like this: a thought for every step of your career as a principal.

«Via Riccardo a significant gymnasium, where the collaboration with social workers, carabinieri and associations was daily. In Ellero the confrontation with the city, with the petty bourgeoisie.

At Linussio-Gortani commemorated the opening of the catering course, today an excellence. At Marinoni the first test, literally given that a year of evaluation, as a permanent leader, was foreseen, with a school with great tradition. And then Copernicus, where we started experimental courses like that in motor science.

The longest experience is the last, at Malignani.

«With a school of international dimensions. We had to have 3,000 students, we had to limit the information activity to reduce the enrollment: it was necessary to guarantee the safety conditions in the school ”.

Are there any achievements that make you particularly proud?

“Membership of the National Institute of Documentation, Innovation and Educational Research, collaborating with professional consortia that enabled the shift between school and work to pick up speed: We went from 600 to 1,500 students involved per year.

And then the agreement with the military corps, Air Force in primis, which allows students to complete internships at the II Stormo di Rivolto and the V Regiment Rigel di Casarsa, in exchange for services provided by the institute to the corps. As part of this relationship, which was born in the 1940s, we got an Amx plane ».

In his experience, two factors have disturbed the planet. The first: the pandemic.

“It has had a huge impact on teaching: we have tried to interpret, and I think we have succeeded, the new methods that distance learning imposes. Mixed formulas were born which could be a resource for the future. Not everything went well: The more fragile, less autonomous children were lost along the way. We have tried to make ample space for recovery paths without blaming them ».

The second upheaval: the war.

“We have welcomed a dozen Ukrainian students between the ages of 15 and 17 who are coming to learn the language. One of them, sixteen, has returned to Ukraine in recent days and explained that he returned to his country to defend it. To imagine that he is recruited bothers me. Yesterday, during the delivery of the diplomas, I said to my boys: May the ethical values ​​of environmental protection and peace guide you in your work and study paths ».

Seventeen years as a teacher, twenty-one as a school leader: how much has the school changed in 38 years?

“Very very much. Today, schools are no longer isolated nuclei, but have been able to network with institutes and institutions. They create training opportunities that not only follow formal skills, but also the technical or informal qualifications that are essential. “I think of theatrical and artistic workshops, of sports activities. There are young people who have fluctuating academic results, but explode at different times, and who are then highly valued in the workplace.”

What about today’s children?

“They suffered for two years from the pandemic, it’s indisputable. They are the digital generation, they know how to approach the world through that medium. But at the level of understanding reality, they are not always equipped: there is often a changed perception, dictated by stereotypical visions from social networks. Risks they are not always aware of. It is an extremely fast generation to gather information and share information, but struggles to deepen it ».

He will be retired from September: what will he dedicate himself to?

“I want to rest, I ran in an excessive way: I feel a feeling of fatigue that has become chronic. I want to give myself a month of relaxation, then I want to devote myself to volunteer work. And resume the sport: ski mountaineering, first and foremost. I have some trips on my agenda: the first in the southern Azores, apparently with the bike in tow ».

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