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School: the feared farewell of teenagers. The new alarming report from Save the Children.

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School: the feared farewell of teenagers – Universomamma.it (Adobe Stock)

Always committed to fight against poverty and discrimination against children and young people, the organization Save the Children launch thewarning about the risk of adolescents dropping out of school due to the pandemic and the school closures.

There distance learning, notes Save the Children in a recent survey, penalizes children’s learning and leads to the exclusion of those who are among the most disadvantaged. These conclusions come from a survey conducted by IPSOS among students aged 14 to 18. What you need to know.

School: the feared farewell of adolescents, the denunciation of Save the Children

WHAT YOU FIND IN THIS ARTICLE:

Worsened preparation is risk of dropping out of school are the criticalities of distance learning at the time of pandemic emerged from a recent study sponsored by Save the Children. The organization that deals with the protection of children’s rights for years denounces the risk of educational poverty for over a million children and young people in Italy. A a situation that has unfortunately worsened due to the pandemic, the lockdown and distance learning, which is not as effective as face-to-face teaching, which risk further worsening the situation of those who were already disadvantaged for economic and social reasons.

The study, which is based on an IPSOS survey, is published precisely in the days when it is consumed clash over the reopening of high schools on January 7, returning from the Christmas holidays. Clash occurred within the government and between the government e regions, some of which have independently decided to postpone the reopening of the institutions until February, still continuing with distance learning. The governmentinstead, it took time and, while waiting for the data from the Istituto Superiore di Sanità to be communicated on the latest monitoring of the Coronavirus infections, it decided to postpone the opening of high schools to Monday 11 January, with 50% of students returning to class, as expected at the end of the year from plan of the prefects. It is not yet clear what will happen.

This situation of uncertaintyHowever, it risks exasperating families and demotivating children, for almost a year with intermittent lessons, between distance learning and classroom attendance, and above all deprived of social relations with schoolmates. Teenagers were asked to make very big sacrifices that in the long run began to weigh.

Theinvestigation promoted by Save the Children and led by IPSOS, “Young people in the time of the Coronavirus” who asked students between 14 and 18 years old what theirs were moods and theirs expectations. The survey, conducted among high school students, found mainly the risk of early school leaving.

In fact, from the data collected it emerged that about 34 thousand high school students are at risk to feed the phenomenon ofschool dropout, due to prolonged absences from school. The other reason for dropping out of school is also theimpoverishment of families during the pandemic, with children who stop studying to go to work, with the risk of becoming easy prey for exploitation.

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Student responses to the survey

This is how the guys in the IPSOS survey answered distance learning and the consequences onlearning and the social relations.

Tools for learning and school dropout

  • For 38% of adolescents, distance learning is a negative experience. The main difficulty is to concentrate on taking the online lessons, along with the technical connection problems.
  • 37% claims to have had negative repercussions on the ability to study.
  • 35% believe that their school preparation has deteriorated and one in 4 has to retrieve various subjects.
  • 28% of students say that since the spring lockdown there is at least one classmate who has completely stopped attending classes.
  • 7% say that three or more than three schoolmates “missing” since the lockdown.
  • 18% said they had an electronic device shared with others, to follow the lessons online.
  • 8% attend classes in a room with other people.

Social relations

  • 85% of the teens surveyed say they understand how important it is to go out with friends, go out and relate “in presence”.
  • For 63% of young people among the most suffered “deprivations” there is also that of not having been able to live sentimental experiences important for their age.
  • 46% of young people believe that the past year was a “wasted year”, but they have rediscovered the value of the “live” relationship with peers, after being forced into only virtual meetings.
  • 23% of teenagers, however, he states that, in this pandemic year, he understood that going out isn’t that important is that relationships can also be maintained online.

Feelings and expectations

The guys they feel excluded from the political choices to combat Covid and among them feelings of fatigue, uncertainty e concern for the future.

  • 65% believe they are paying firsthand for adults’ inability to manage the pandemic,
  • 43% feel accused by adults of being among the main spreaders of the infection.
  • 42% believe it is unfair that adults are allowed to go to work, while young people are not allowed to go to school.

THE main moods of the boys in this period they are:

  • 31% fatigue,
  • 17% uncertainty,
  • 17% concern,
  • 16% irritability,
  • 15% anxiety,
  • 14% disorientation,
  • 14% nervousness,
  • 13% apathy,
  • 13% feel discouraged.

Of these negative feelings children speak mainly with family (59%) and friends (38%), but more than 1 in 5 keep everything inside, without sharing it with anyone (22%).

The boys feel unfairly penalized from the interruption of school activities in the presence. Regarding the future:

  • 43% believe that even after the vaccine “we will be together in a different way, more online”.
  • Only 26% think that “everything will be as before”,
  • always the 26% believe that “we will continue to be afraid”.

Some hope, however, the kids feed her towards the Next Generation EU fund, of which at least 69% of respondents have heard of and most are interested in possibilities it could offer for their future.

For the full investigation: www.savethechildren.it/blog-notizie/scuola-e-covid-19-pensieri-e-aspettative-degli-adolescenti

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(Student protest at schools reopening. Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP via Getty Images)

What do you think unimamme of this survey? Do you share the discomfort and fears of the boys? Do you have children who have raised these issues?

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