Rosella Uda, headmaster of the Highschool G. Pischedda in Bosa
Edited by Ines Caloisi and Agnieszka Kurzeja
Interview questions Prof. Rosella Uda, headmaster of the High School of Bosa G. Pischedda, a high school with the sector of agriculture, administration, finance and marketing, hospitality, as well as classical and scientific profile. The Institute has been and is a partner in projects coordinated by Tia Formazione and TNC Talent and Creativity, two associations members of the Tpth network https://www.tpthnetwork.eu coordinated and managed by the same project staff. The head teacher is particularly attentive to the level of internationalization of the Institute, focused on providing her students with opportunities for growth through innovative educational models.
The interview will be published on the HOSTVET project website https://hostvetproject.wordpress.com
1) Dear Headmaster, the HOSTVET project aims at enhancing the Europeanisation of the Sardinia region through the participation in European projects, in particular in the Vet sector in the tourism sector in order to make Sardinia more European. We are aware of your school’s commitment to ensuring that teachers and students participate in European programmes: how much do you think this will contribute to providing more opportunities for students and teachers in Sardinia?
Contrary to what is thought, much still needs to be done to promote the Europeanisation of Sardinia, of our local realities. Erasmus projects are particularly relevant from this point of view: they favour the mobility of students and teachers, they offer unique training opportunities because they are characterised by the encounter with other realities to be confronted with, to learn from, to grow together with, they help, through knowledge and analysis of other contexts, to learn to read and interpret one’s own with different eyes, perhaps being able to take advantage of new opportunities for growth and enhancement of our island, not “seen” before.
2) In what way do you think that participation in the European programmes for the students of Bosa, of your Institute, should be increased?
Our school actively participates in Erasmus plus programmes and tries to take every opportunity to increase participation in the projects proposed to us with particular attention to VET projects. The planning activity of TIA Formazione is undoubtedly valuable for our school and for Bosa: the quality of the proposals contributes to the educational and professional growth of our students in a European dimension.
I also believe that the whole educational community should be involved and that the municipal administration should play an important role.
3) Did the young people of your Institute who participated in VET projects in the tourism sector have more job opportunities on their return? In what way do you think they benefited?
I don’t know. I do know, however, that participation in the project has allowed them to grow as people, as future workers, as citizens. The students grew autonomously, they strengthened their professional, relational and problem solving skills, personal, cultural and professional awareness, flexibility and adaptability. In short, they have become richer in many ways.
On a professional level, experience in the tourism sector has been significant. The tourism sector is a decisive sector in the economy of Sardinia, it is generally a decisive sector in the economy of the islands: acquiring, through VET experiences, small and big tools to get to know it, to re-read it, to rethink it is a small and big contribution to growth.
4) We are at the threshold of the new programming 2021-2027: in the VET area, would you suggest any action that could be a support for didactics?
Shared planning. This aspect should be strengthened: the VET project which strengthens the didactic programming; the didactic programming which contributes to characterize and make the VET project more incisive.
5) Why should we continue to be committed to encouraging students’ participation in Erasmus programmes?
Because our young people need to see something else, to learn to read the context in which they live from a multi-perspective point of view, to acquire, through experience in other realities, further tools to understand and fully appreciate the reality in which they live, that of an island which is beautiful but still needs to be fully appreciated in an appropriate way.
Some have made this need their own, many have yet to become aware of it. As a school, as an educational community, we must accompany and support them by providing them with opportunities for knowledge, confrontation and growth.
I think about how I, personally, live the Erasmus experiences: from each of them I take home with me something that, be it positive or negative, sometimes contributes, in any case, to my personal and professional growth.