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Smart Aquaponics project

The school of the ENNE Network:  Provincial Technical Institute – PTO Kortrijk from Belgium is part of the Aquaponics project.

The amount of agricultural land is rapidly declining and our oceans are overfished. There is a need for innovative food production technologies.
Aquaponics combines aquaculture and soilless vegetable cultivation. The nutrients in fish feed and fish excrement are reused to grow crops. The PTI Kortrijk participates in the Smart Aquaponics project, an Interreg project between France, Wallonia and Flanders to promote aquaponics. We are developing three digital tools and an aquaponics guide.


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The Institute “G.Turrisi Colonna”, how to build a school strongly linked with the labour market

For many years now, the High School “G. Turrisi-Colonna, thanks to the support of Professor Antonio Caponetto, has been developing a business culture project that is integrated with the collaborations that each classroom enters into with companies.

Third-year students at school start a course focusing on the concepts of company, business, profit and loss account, marketing, and fourth-year students specialize in start-up design from the idea to the pitch, which means from the presentation of the business project to the accelerator aiming at obtaining financing.

The best ideas will be evaluated by the best experts, some of whom are partners of the PCTOs (courses for transversal competencies and orientation), in order to create a real development laboratory in the school.
The students have to present their ideas in 3 minutes in front of experts, simulating a real challenge.
Clearly, the aim is to get them to develop an attitude to entrepreneurship and to see if these ideas can be implemented by creating a real entrepreneurial path.
The results show that some students have been placed in the labour market and in start-ups, while others have started working in digital communication.

During this school year, the school was able to link directly with the labour market thanks to apprenticeship contracts. In the same vein of entrepreneurship, marketing and communication, a PCTO agreement was made with a marketing company, which then hired fourth-year students from the language course.

All of this allows creating a real center of competencies, which provides students with a learning offer that meets the current demands of the labour market, i.e. knowledge of languages, problem-solving and the ability to work in a team.

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Italian school, the students make a video commemorating the victims of the holocaust

On 27 January, Holocaust Commemoration Day, students at the Scarpellini Institute in Foligno (PG) made a video commemorating the Holocaust victims.

Students emphasized the importance of remembering what happened and preventing the same mistakes from being repeated. In this sense, it is significant the phrase they chose to end the video: never forget.

Watch the video here.


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Several good practices and projects launched by a Vocational School in Italy

The Vocational School “G.Penna” in Asti (Italy) has launched several good practices and projects:

  • Project for the initiation of good sporting practices, which includes the creation of a wellness trail (nature walk in the woods owned by the Institute through the creation of a path equipped for gymnastic exercises and naturalistic exploration) and an adventure trail (creation of a tour with Tibetan bridges, rock walls, etc..) open to the entire community of the province of Asti, from the youngest to the oldest);
  • Videomaking project made entirely by the pupils presenting school life and visible by clicking on the school’s Youtube channel;
  • The innovative project, together with Turin Polytechnic, on the future of the agricultural field. The idea involves the creation of an experimental vineyard with digital sensors that can reduce the amount of water and pesticides used on the vine;
  • Family support project. The institute, thanks to the European PON, has purchased about sixty notebooks to be donated to families who need them and have requested them, in order to have free digital devices until the end of the five years;
  • Cineforum project. The institute has built a 100-seat cinema for educational screenings inviting experts and creating debates not only with schoolchildren and others, but also with anyone who wants to explore important issues through a film.