The 27th of Novembre in Trieste, at the Hall Predonzani of the Palazzo della Regione, the councellor Prof. Loredana Panariti and Central Director Dr. Ruggero Cortellino welcomed the delegation of 40 students who are participating in the mobility program within the project KEPASS, of which the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia is the lead partner.

The meeting started at 10 with the intervention of the Regional Councellor for work, training, education, youth policy, equal opportunities and research, Prof. Loredana Panariti. The audience was made up of the foreign students currently housed and attending colleges in the Friuli Venezia Giulia accredited in the project (Liceo Scientifico "France Prešeren" in Trieste; National School "Paolo Diacono" Cividale del Friuli (UD); Liceo "Caterina Percoto "Udine, Educandato Statale "Uccellis "of Udine and Liceo" Simon Gregorcic "Gorizia) as well as those received in the schools of Istria and the Slovenian coast selected with the call published last year.

Didactical and mobility tutors were also present, since they that have become part of the project together with the partners in their respective regions: National Institute of Education of the Republic of Slovenia, Istria County, United World College of the Adriatic ONLUS Duino with the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia and Informest as technical assistance and coordination of the partnership project.

After giving his welcome, the central director at work, training, education, youth policy, equal opportunities and research, dr. Ruggero Cortellino, left the floor to students to testimony their experiences during the quarter attended at the schools of the three regions.

Many guys have expressed their gratitude to those who worked on the project and allowed them to live this experience, have demonstrated their enthusiasm for finding new friends, having found that the tutors are following them "second mothers, fathers , sisters, brothers, always there for us, for our needs "

They are happy to have been able "to realize what we have in common", being to live and study in among many nationalities. A guy says "I met a part of myself that I did not know existed: I have found that they are more friendly. I thought it would be hard to find friends. "

What emerges from the many voices is "We are not so different, we are all equal. We are all one, all of the same world ""even if we have different concepts of our world, in different languages the same mind. "

All realize the importance of the experience that they are living, an opportunity that will help them in their future, who introduced them to new languages, acquire autonomy staying away from home, which gave him a new awareness, even compared to school systems other than their own. Discovering these differences can be "a platform for change also our school."

Many interventions that demonstrate the success of KEPASS: "I am proud to have participated in the project", "I hope that others may live the same experience", "three months are few, a year would be better, I would not go home, I would like to stay," "the schools are different but people are the same" till the melancholy sentence" not all things last forever "and the enthusiastic one," is the most beautiful experience of my life, I did everything for her, even falsifying the signature of my father ".

The tutors are enthusiastic for great wealth brought by foreign students at their institutions, through their cultural background, their education, fairness and responsibility. Students who have welcomed them had the opportunity to learn even for.

The wish of the participants to find tools and accompanying measures so that the project does not remain a single experience of three months but likely to continue, the councellor Panariti answers that the Region will try to go down this road in the 2014-2020 programming and reiterates the plans to promote multilingualism in a European dimension.

The program of student mobility Project KEPASS-Knowledge Exchange Programme for the Adriatic School System has brought more than a hundred high school students to take part in the exchange program that had the opportunity to attend a quarter at one of the accredited schools belonging to the Adriatic, whose costs are fully covered by the Project no charge to families. In addition to the schools of Friuli Venezia Giulia, including those participating in the exchange of Marche, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania.

Started in October 2012, the KEPASS Project, co-funded by the European Union through the IPA Adriatic Transnational Cooperation Programme 2007-2013, saw the partners work in close cooperation with the institutions involved, supporting them both from the point of view of teaching and learning that from a logistical point of view-organizational. This was achieved through the organization of workshops and meetings aimed at defining a system for the recognition of students' skills, able to overcome the differences of individual learning paths, for which it was fundamental the  support of the Regional School (USR ) of the Ministry of Education for the Friuli Venezia Giulia.

One objective of the program KEPASS mobility is, in fact, to arrive at a proposed model for the recognition of credits that allows it to be used in other school settings in several European countries. In addition, the project aims to make KEPASS the exchange program established practice to provide additional opportunities for cultural and educational growth for students of the Friuli Venezia Giulia and the other partners of the Project.



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