Proceedings of the 6th International Academic Conference on Education, Teaching and Learning
Promoting the Integrated System from the Earliest Years of Life: Supporting Children’s Social Inclusion and Participation
Chiara Dalledonne Vandini, Dr. Emanuela Pettinari
Analyses from the most recent European documents (Recommendations, 2021, with the establishment of the Child Guarantee), have highlighted the presence of widespread vulnerabilities in the EU, towards children and adolescents, going so far as to declare that “the rights of children, are human rights” and it is everyone’s responsibility to guarantee them. From this, emerged the need to activate network processes aimed at integrating policies, educational, social and health agencies, to turn attention to children and adolescents to identify protective factors that counteract growing educational poverty. In Italy, attention to early childhood has become even more pressing in the wake of the pandemic, which has affected all families, particularly the most vulnerable. The Pedagogical Guidelines for the Integrated System 0-6 (2021), the Pangi (2022) and other national documents (Education at a glance, 2022) have reaffirmed the desire to work on a strategic axis that starts from the earliest years of life, which would have positive outcomes on both the individual and the community.
The aim of our presentation is to report values, objectives and first results of a series of research training projects (Balduzzi, Lazzari, 2021; Dalledonne, Lazzari, 2022) conducted in collaboration with Save the Children in some high-density educational settings. The outcomes that emerged showed how collaboration and integration of the three levels (social, health and educational) contribute to more effective interventions with children. Moreover, the constant dialogue between practitioners, families and the local area promotes the creation of networks for the well-being of each individual, with a positive impact on the entire social fabric (Bronfenbrenner, 1979).
keywords: Co-education, Early Childhood Education, Inclusion, Polivocality, Social participation