Didacta Italy Fair was presented today at the Ministry of Education. The Fair is the most important trade fair dedicated to school innovation, aimed at teachers, school managers, educators, trainers, professionals and entrepreneurs in the school and technology sector.
The event was presented in a press conference attended by Minister Patrizio Bianchi, Lorenzo Becattini, President of Firenze Fiera, Giovanni Biondi, President of the Scientific Committee of Didacta, and Alessandra Nardini, Councilor for Education of the Tuscany Region.
The fifth edition is dedicated to the pedagogist Maria Montessori, one of the most important personalities in the world in the field of early childhood education. She is known to the general public as an educator and scientist of extraordinary originality and innovation. The educational method, which takes her name, is considered one of the main “new school” experiments adopted in many countries of the world.
Didacta Italy fair presents a scientific programme coordinated by INDIRE in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and involves the most relevant Italian and international realities in the fields of education, research and training. There are over 250 training events, including conferences, immersive workshops and seminars, designed on various topics, from the scientific, humanistic and technological areas to the learning space. The programme is divided into different types of activities aimed at managers, teachers of nursery schools, primary, lower and upper secondary schools, the world of research and universities.
An absolute novelty of the 2022 edition is the creation of 6 departments, to show teachers special and innovative environments of the school of the future. The humanities department offers teachers the opportunity to experience how learning paths based on the curriculum are built, and how to use the opportunities offered by a new conception of school architecture and the educational setting. In the scientific department there are areas furnished and equipped in an innovative way, to make people understand how the spaces, technologies and teaching methods are an integral part of a single and coherent educational vision. The art department is a stage where workshops on dance and theatre, visual arts and artistic crafts, music of various genres and rap writing activities are offered. In the 0-6 department, educational and growth paths are designed, maximizing those personalization processes capable of responding effectively to the growth needs of each child. In the primary school department, teachers can experiment both how to modify school architecture for better learning experiences, and the role of students who use these innovative spaces, furnishings and technologies, in a coherent educational vision. Finally, the sixth department concerns innovative school libraries. It is a colourful learning space, different from the traditional school one, which will open up to teachers as a colourful, flexible, stackable, soft, modular, adjustable, digital and able to amaze area.
Among the new proposals of Didacta 2022, the space dedicated to physical education and the educational value of sport at school (a fundamental aspect in the developmental age for the complete formation of the individual), an area dedicated to vocational schools, while a separate section will concern the green area, where initiatives on eco-sustainability education in schools will be organized.
During the three days of the exhibition, in addition to training activities, participants will be able to visit a rich exhibition section with over 200 companies which are leaders in the school and education supply chain: from the publishing sector to the latest generation of information technologies, from furniture to school meals. Participants also included numerous national and international institutions, scientific and cultural structures, universities, schools, associations, businesses, foundations and museums.
Didacta is organized by Firenze Fiera with the scientific coordination of INDIRE, and with an organizing committee composed of the Ministry of Education, the Tuscany Region, the Municipality of Florence, the Florence Chamber of Commerce, Unioncamere, Didacta International, ITKAM and Destination Florence Convention. & Visitors Bureau.
“What the child learns must be interesting, it must fascinate him/her. We must offer him/her great things: to begin with, let’s offer him/her the world.”
Maria Montessori, From childhood to adolescence