School, starts again among the rises. And the book bonus arrives in Lazio

Via masks, distancing and dad, the school (also) in Lazio restarts in the sign of normality. Almost. Indeed, the rise in the cost of energy also affects the world of education: from text volumes to stationery material, prices have increased this year. So to lend a hand to families, the Region launches a 20 million euro measure. This is a contribution for the ‘reimbursement of school books’ in favor of those most in difficulty. The announcement, which will be published on October 1st, provides a bonus of 150 euros for middle school students and 200 euros for high school students.

“Expensive energy is a huge problem that deserves all the attention of politics at all levels because in addition to very high bills, it has caused a dizzying increase in inflation not followed by as many increases in wages. This is inevitably causing the power to drop. purchase of families and if for some this means one less whim, for others it means one less care or one less school book. As a policy we must do everything to allow families not to cut the essentials and certainly school life of children is something essential. The contribution of the Lazio Region for textbooks goes in this direction: concrete help for families to face this difficult moment. Certainly it is not the panacea for all ills but it is something concrete “, comments to the Adnkronos Devid Porrello, the councilor of M5s Lazio and vice president of the regional council.

The 20 million euro fund “is added to those already allocated to municipalities in this sense: in the face of increases estimated at an average of 1,000 euro more per family on all teaching material, we foresee a contribution – destined for families with Isee up to to 30 thousand euros – equal to up to 150 euros for 1st grade secondary school and 200 euros for 2nd grade secondary school “, explains to Adnkronos Eleonora Mattia (Pd), president of the Education Commission of the Lazio Regional Council, underlining how” the school remains central to us as it represents the only social elevator to change one’s future and the most powerful welfare tool for the fight against inequalities “.

The government, Mattia recalls, intervened on mobility with the 60 euro transport bonus. Both are measures “that go in the direction of social justice to prevent students from paying the social cost of the crisis”. A few weeks ago, just in view of the new school year, the Lazio Region launched a 195 million euro plan for the right to education: “an investment program that, among other things, allocates 6 million for primary secondary schools and second degree for projects concerning training and cultural events, 2 million for orientation and training for those who attend professional institutes and 1.7 million for the relaunch of ITS. Concrete measures to ensure full exercise of the right to study all and all, assuming the responsibility – as institutions – of giving answers to problems and not just telling and riding them “.

There are still knots, new challenges to face. “Unfortunately – concludes Porrello – the continuing political instability that has characterized Italy for too many years, not to say decades, prevents adequate planning of key interventions on the school system. The most urgent problems are evident to everyone: schools lack teachers , there is no staff, the competitions have not been completed, the school building has not made the leap in quality it deserves. perennial emergency “.

From the point of view of my colleague Mattia “certainly the historical theme of the workforce requires an important effort to guarantee stability and dignity to the workers of the school, as well as didactic continuity to the classes”. Remember that this school year “in particular will be marked by the implementation of Pnrr projects: we have works in the pipeline that will redesign our school spaces and it is essential to keep the bar straight in order to respect the timing of the calls and complete strategic infrastructures for our communities. And then the great challenges of digitization that has revolutionized education in these pandemic years: broadband, electronic devices, the legacy of distance learning. We must ensure that all this is transformed into added value in the a sign of the contrast – and not an increase – of inequalities and inclusion and also on this the Pnrr – with the 4.0 school plan which allocates 153 million euros for Lazio, to which the previous 329 million euros are added for construction, kindergartens and canteens – will be decisive with investments in integrated digital teaching, the strengthening of local networks and the Broadband Plan, created by Stem environments and innovative environments for kindergarten “.

“This first bell really represents a new beginning: we go back to school without masks and distances, with a little fear still in our hearts, but a great desire for freedom and rebirth. As institutions – highlights Mattia – we are at the side of the whole educating community – families, students, teachers, managers and workers of the school – to ensure maximum support in facing the challenges we face. We have put our young people back at the center of political and administrative action . Covid has widened the gaps and exacerbated suffering and it is very important to support the school so that it can start again with more strength because investing in education is not only the only way to increase jobs and salaries, but it means cultivating democracy, development and conscious growth, active citizenship “.