South Tyrolean school: a year of transition to normality

Digitization, changes in teaching during the pandemic, news in the school staff sector, multilingual literacy and the reception of girls and boys from Ukraine in the classrooms of the province. These are the central themes that the School’s councilors addressed yesterday (July 18). Giuliano Vettorato, Philipp Achammer And Daniel Alfreder in the traditional closing press conference school year.

The Director of the Provincial Directorate of Primary and Secondary German Primary and Secondary Schools was also present to present the data, Sigrun Falkensteiner, Laura Bonora for the Italian school and the inspector Elisabeth Baur represents Ladin Training, Education and Culture Department. In South Tyrol, 4,119 young people passed the final exams, of which 2,780 were German, 1268 Italian and 71 Ladin.

A year of transition – The three school councilors in charge, who took a look at the just-concluded school year, highlighted the effective cooperation that emerged between the German, Italian and Ladin educational institutions and thanked the three school directorates. “During the school year, no major problems arose, although the pandemic continued to leave traces“, said Councilor Achammer.

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We have been able to guarantee participation in the classroom throughout the year: For the future, it is important to address the consequences of the pandemic and to strengthen children’s psychosocial health where necessary.“, stressed the school counselor at German Achammer.

The alderman of the Italian school Vettorato thanked the school world for the good teamwork that was accomplished this transition year.The school year 2021/22 was a transition year, which we hope will lead us to a further normalization of school activities “, Vettorato explained. The school has always been present, but that does not mean that the work of the teachers has returned to being the same as always. Thank you to them, the managers and all the staff for the commitment that is guaranteed during the just concluded year.

The hope Vettorato explainedis that in the light of the reopening of the schools on 5 September, there will be indications from Rome as soon as possible to be able to plan the beginning of the year in a timely and efficient manner ”. “We can end the school year with satisfaction. It was a challenging year, but also very educational in relation to digitalisation, introduction of comprehensive content and confrontation with the social conditions of our time “, said Councilor Alfredider. We want to continue working to ensure safe and quality education for our children and teenagers. I wish them all the best, with the certainty that everything they have learned so far can form an important basis for their way of life. “

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Italian school: competitions for teachers and leaders – Laura Bonora, representing the Italian school, highlighted the news of competitions for teachers, which will guarantee an increase in the quota from next school year. There are 24 eligible teachers for the regular competition, which enters from the school year 2022/23, nine for the German L2 and 5 for colleges. At the end of the summer, the new extraordinary competition will be announced for 30 competition classes and approximately 500 candidates. The competition for school leaders was also recently held. There are seven nominated for state schools that hold their position from next school year. In terms of training and updating, the Italian school guaranteed 79 courses and 901 hours of teaching to 4,564 teachers.

German school: Social assessment and training – We all learn“, stressed school principal Falkensteiner looks at the last two school years and refers to the key themes that emerged during the school year 2021/2022. “The results from thirteen externally evaluated schools at all levels show, on the one hand, that I digital media they have been used more in the main lessons and that there have been several phases of self-organized and autonomous learning“.

The evaluation of students and teachers is the same, and on the other hand, the values ​​of the 1,120 interviewed teachers are significantly lower when it comes to using and exploiting the potential for individualization and differentiation through digital media.“, pointed out Falkensteiner, who then highlighted how “The few data collected indicate a development potential in the pedagogical use of these means of communication”.

Ladin school: multilingual literacy is promoted – Inspector Elisabeth Baur, representing the Ladin Directorate for Education, Training and Culture, noted the excellent results on the front of multilingual literacy, which in 2022 was subjected to an evaluation survey by the Provincial Evaluation Service of Ladin Schools. From the beginning of 200, as you know, in primary schools you learn to read and write in three languages: Ladin, Italian and German. The analysis of writing skills in the three languages ​​carried out on 209 participants (89; 6% of the total number of pupils and pupils in primary school), made it possible to establish that by the end of the first primary class, all participants are in able to write words, sentences and stories in the three languages.

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Nearly 280 Ukrainian children in South Tyrolean schools – Since March 24, 277 girls and boys have fromUkraine they hosted 23 welcome classes, as well as the curriculum classes at schools in Bolzano province. The majority of Ukrainian boys and girls were aged between primary school (about 80%) and high school (20%). The main reception centers were Bolzano, Merano, Laives, Appiano and Bressanone. The reception took place in Ukrainian, but also in German and Italian and, where resources allowed, also in English. Recreational activities or workshops were also offered with the main purpose of ensuring socialization and promoting the good integration of these boys and girls into our reality. Vettorato, Achammer and Alfreider thanked in unison all the schools that have joined this initiative, ““able to deal with this situation in the best possible way thanks to the willingness to cooperate shown by all schools, including those with equal rights and vocational training, both in Italian and German”, remarked the three councilors at the school.

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