Convitto in a nutshell
Convitto Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele II” in Rome was founded by the Italian State in 1891, after Pope Clement VIII abolished the Clementine college in 1595.
In 1925 it became a state educational institution with a special statute. It is a state boarding school with three levels: Primary, Junior High and High school. There are five different types of high school: Classical, Scientific, European, International/Scientific with Chinese and a Music and Dance academy.
The school welcomes young boarders (initially boys only and since 1998 boys and girls) and day students.
Convitto Nazionale “VEII” offers students a civic and cultural education. It promotes personal, cultural, professional and social growth, following the principles of democracy, equality and secularism of the Italian Constitution through dialogue, research and the experience of comparison.
It recognises the educational value of debate between different opinions and positions, without ideological and religious distinctions. It is a public institution which aims to provide young people with a cultural and civic education, guaranteeing the right to education for disadvantaged children. It has a long tradition as a place of excellence in the education of generations of students.
Our educational project is to facilitate the achievement of an overall state of well-being, prerequisite for learning and the development of a healthy personality in the pupils. Our aim is to transmit culture, understood as education and acquisition of operational skills and constructive and creative mental capacities aswell as a product of lifestyle, attitude, behaviour and the sharing of values which contribute to form society.
Two principles guide our work:
the centrality of the students, guaranteed by the fundamental rights sanctioned in Articles 3, 33 and 34 of the Italian Constitution: equality, impartiality, continuity, participation.
1. Equality: We do not allow discrimination of sex, ethnicity, religion, language, political opinions, social and physical conditions;
2. Impartiality: the criteria of objectivity, impartiality and justice are adopted by all our staff concerning behaviour and decision making;
3. Continuity: we guarantee the regularity and continuity of service and educational activities in accordance with the rules laid down by law;
4. Participation: the management of activities is based on the collaboration of all those who belong to our community ((teaching and non teaching staff, pupils, parents); we ensure the maximum simplification of procedures.
The competence and professional, cultural and civic commitment of the staff who have the task of providing an educational service.
Our educational work covers three major areas:
a) Personal formation, to promote the full development of the personality of each student, through self knowledge;
b) citizenship education, through the knowledge of social structures and their ethical foundations, to ensure that pupils are able to form positive relationships with others, based on respect for the rules of civil coexistence, justice and rules of law;
c) cultural orientation, to help each student identify their own interests, to enhance their potential and abilities, to ensure the acquisition and consolidation of a cultural education geared to a world of constant change.
‘Convitto’ adopts the following educational guidelines.
1. We combine welfare with excellence: our aim is to encourage deserving students who are in a condition of material hardship and support those in socially disadvantaged situations. On the other hand we intend to give excellent pupils opportunities to promote their individual growth. We aim to offer a high quality education, also through the planning and monitoring of all activities that we offer;
2. The school is open to the surrounding area: both the immediate area (surrounding the school) and in a broader sense, a European and, ultimately, global area; we collaborate with institutions and cultural and sport associations in the Municipality; we participate in projects proposed by MIUR (the Ministry of Education) and the EU;
3. The International perspective: we create an international environment through projects that promote students’ awareness of being citizens of Europe and the world. In particular, we have signed important agreements that have allowed us become part of a global scenario.
4. The development of integrated activities: we promote personal and social growth by means of activities such as music, theater and sport. We encourage students to participate in sporting activites and music, theater and reading workshops held within the school. We support our students’ participation in voluntary work;