10.3.1B-FSEPON-PI-2017-1; I CAREYEAR 2018/2019
CPIA 1 Asti “Maestro Eugenio Guglielminetti”
CPIA 1 Maestro E. Guglielminetti in Asti is a school created by the Ministry for Education, University and Research and focused on life-long learning for adults who were not in compulsory education and/or did not obtain a final diploma for the first cycle of education. The institute works on the whole province; it has seats in Asti, Nizza Monferrato, Canelli, the prison in Quarto d’Asti and other seats made available by schools, municipalities, and associations.
There are currently 1904 students enrolled at CPIA; some of them are Italian, many come from North Africa, Sub Saharan Africa, Central and Latin America, Asia and Europe, mainly eastern Europe.
Participants included over-16 students, unaccompanied minors, refugees and asylum-seekers, young adults, Italian adults at risk of early school leaving and social exclusion.
Professionals involved had specific roles, which were fundamental to customize educational approaches: trainers, tutors, and additional professionals.
The project was divided into nine modules; six of them were done in cooperation with the higher education institute Giovanni Penna in Asti. The modules aimed at increasing the number of participants; improving activities focusing on disadvantaged groups; improving personal skills.
This initiative was in line with the educational needs which came to light and still needed to be met for vulnerable groups of people, both from a language and from an educational perspective. These subjects were at risk of social and educational exclusion, and therefore in need of a specific and tailor-made educational approach.
CPIA works in networks with several local stakeholders which share its targets: they signed the “Local Planning Workshop”; they agreed on the network agreement and the rules on the functioning of a commission which aims at outlining personal training agreements with higher secondary schools (I.IS. A. Castigliano in Asti, I.I.S. G. Penna in Asti, I.I.S. N. Pellati in Nizza Monferrato); they undersigned a formal agreement with RETECPIA PIEMONTE to foster continual cooperation and lay the foundations for the partnership as provided for by DM 663/2916; they undersigned a convention with the University of higher studies in Asti to develop training and formative activities; they cooperate with other local stakeholders.
In line with the Recommendation of the European Parliament and Council connected to developing key competences for lifelong learning in adults, specific educational targets were the focus of the activity. Among these were: developing and strengthening basic skills to be obtained by the end of compulsory school, such as mastering the Italian language; using a foreign language for communication and practical purposes; using Math in everyday life in order to interpret the context we live in.
Educational strategies enabled teachers to move past classroom-taught lessons, while planning learning units was fundamental to customize strategies and allow course credit recognition. Digital instruments, peer-to-peer activities, cooperative learning strategies, problem solving activities, and distance learning were at the core of the project.
The six modules provided the students with the skills and knowledge necessary to access the second period in the second level of the specialization of their choice. They were focused around strengthening language skills in Italian (two modules – PHASE A and PHASE B), on strengthening language skills in English (two modules – PHASE A and PHASE B), on strengthening mathematical skills (two modules – PHASE A and PHASE B).
Twenty-nine students took part in each module; during the following school years, twenty of them obtained their high school diploma at the higher education institute Giovanni Penna.