|AN INTERVIEW TO THE HEADMASTER PROF. FRANCESCO CARAMIA|
Meeting the Headmaster Francesco Caramia that,
with his usual kindness, answered to some
questions that we made related to the various
aspects of the school he leads.
1 – Do you believe that the students; i.e. us, are the object or the subject of education?
In a certain sense you are the object as you are the institutional receivers of the action of education and teaching that School plays within its structures. Basically you are the main subject of the educational dialogue with the teachers, but not only, because with your cultural background, widely varied, and your abilities, you determine the level and the type of education school plays in its structures, in all its conditions, since this is an institute with as many as 11 different school branches.
2 – How is the Istituto Superiore di Ceglie, (The High School of Ceglie) placed, compared to its territory?
The Istituto Superiore di Ceglie is placed in an optimal way because its POF (school offers plan) and diversification of its various types of school meet the educational demands of the territory. This is demonstrated by the fact that most students come from various towns located within the radius of about 20 kilometres (Ostuni, Carovigno, San Michele, San Vito, Francavilla, Villa Castelli, Grottaglie, Martina Franca).Moreover this institute cares also about the adult population whose needs are met in the evening classes of IPSSS (Social Services School) and the IPSSAR (cook school), POR projects for adults and courses IDA implemented in a network with the ITCG J. Monnet of Ostuni.
3 – The number of enrolments varies in relation to the different school branches?
The Institute which today collects the largest number of enrolments is the Hotelier, which was established more recently (2003); we have many enrolments at the Liceo Classico (Grammar School) and Scientific, The other schools have the same number of enrolments as the past years.
4 – How do you reconcile the fact of being Dean of 7 different Institutes and not being present in all of them?
My presence is continuous in the professional institutes because this is actually a more complex reality, and a little less in the other schools. Students can always get in touch with me and I immediately go to speak with them whenever they require. In the daily management I can count on collaborators who are very able in the function of vice Deans responsible of every plexus and for several years I have been experimenting, positively, the value of the reference figures provided by the current regulations (instrumental functions).
5 – Which are the future projects you are working for?
In addition to the accommodation of logistic facilities, a continuous adjustment of training and addresses already existing which started in the previous school years: the establishment of the Alberghiero, the change of the address of the ITC (Commercial school) of the IGEA to Computer Programmers, the implementation of Education for Adults (IdA ), the comparison with other school realities (participation in national competitions for the prize of the excellence, the various Certamen of the Lyceum " the Maths and Physics Olympics National competition; relations with international realities with the twinning with Macedonia and Sweden and others are being prepared, even using the EU aid as the Erasmus / Leonardo and the Comenius); the school has also been for years the Test Centre of the European computer licence: ECDL and the Examination Centre for the certification of competence in English language, as it regards the inclusion in the world of work, this school is implementing a project of the alternating school / work, funded by the Provincial school management.
6 –What do you think about the “Bully” phenomenon of which we hear more and more?
The boys who bully the others have to be educated to live harmoniously with everyone. Fortunately I think it touches only a few students compared to most of the community who, however, distinguish themselves through the spirit of solidarity. Often it is teenagers who have experienced a problem, devoid of inner serenity. They should be helped to solve their problems, so that they can achieve a balance and may be allowed to live in the less problematic relationship with others.
Interview of: Debora Taurisano, Rita Di Maria, Viviana Distante (IPSSS)