On 23 February 2020, as is known, the first measures for the containment of Covid-19 were adopted and with the DPCM of 5 March all school activities in attendance, including universities, were suspended.
In the midst of this health emergency, even the university students found themselves experiencing problems very similar to those experienced by students of lower grade schools.
The restrictive measures to contain the pandemic have forced schools and universities to immerse themselves in the new world of distance learning.
Technology has made educational continuity possible for millions of students, but on the other hand it has managed to transfer an entire world that until that day was made up of relationships and human relationships to an online platform.
Especially for the youngest, the alarming data concerning early school leaving, caused precisely by distance learning.
The juvenile prosecutors have received many reports regarding dropouts and interruptions of school attendance.
Save the children in collaboration with the Ipsos survey institute monitored these data in which it emerges that “28% of adolescents declare that since the beginning of the pandemic at least one classmate has stopped attending school”.
Compared to the university, however, there has been no decline in enrollments. In fact, the data provided by Corriere della Sera confirm that the pandemic has not negatively affected the number of registrations. The relaunch decree also compensated 1.4 billion euros, of which almost 300 million for the right to education.
During the pandemic, each university organized itself in a different and autonomous way based on the availability of resources to implement a remote teaching model or, in the case of face-to-face teaching, to make the spaces safe.
Obviously, for university students it was not easy to archive the memory of the hours spent in the library before an exam and of the hours of lessons where they related directly to the professors and other students.
In fact, the University has always been a place of contamination and exchange, it is absurd to believe that now everything is contained in the display of a tablet or computer.
This situation also made it impossible to carry out workshops, educational trips and internships.
For many, digital education remains an innovation to be preserved for the future as well, once the pandemic is over.
Online training, as well as traditional training, has both advantageous and prejudicial aspects: it would be ideal to find a compromise between the two modes of education, perhaps imagining a mixed formula online and in person.
Curated by Martina Hamdy