The cultural roots of the Italian educational model reach far back in time:
Our schools’ philosophy draws inspiration from a more than 25 centuries-old cultural inheritance. Throughout its long history, the Italian culture has taken the best from foreign cultures and has made its own. Our schools represent this spirit to this day. The Italian educational model stands worldwide for an open, creative and cultured education.
The base of the Italian educational model
Article 1 and 26 of the “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights” state:
Art. 1 “Human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
Art. 26 Abs. 1 – 2 “Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages.” (…) “Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.”
The same notion is also conveyed in article 34 of the constitution of the Italian State:
“Schools are open to everyone. Primary education, given for at least eight years, is compulsory and free of tuition. Capable and deserving pupils, including those lacking financial resources, have the right to attain the highest levels of education. The Republic renders this right effective through scholarships, allowances to families and other benefits, which shall be assigned through competitive examinations.”
Our and the Italian educational model are founded on these principles. We stand for an open and democratic discussion, free research, the advancement of general knowledge and the personal development of each of our students.
The Italian educational model guarantees same chances for everyone. Every citizen has the right for an education and the chance to work for his or her own success. Therefore the Italian educational model demands respect for the rules of harmonious coexistence across all social classes.
The educational model of the Liceo Vermigli
The educational model of the Liceo Vermigli is mainly inspired by the principles listed in the “Convention on the Rights of the Child” (New York, 20.11.1989) and its corresponding articles of Swiss and Italian law.
The education our students receive is based on the thought of the free citizen: using his education to take responsibility for himself and the society he lives in. Therefore, our two study programs offer our students the knowledge they need to understand and eventually shape our society.
In both our linguistic and scientific study program the main goal is not just the transfer of knowledge. Instead we want our students to understand the connection between their curriculum and the European history and western philosophy it is based on. For this reason, Latin and Art history are central subjects in both study programs.
We believe that our education will help our students to successfully shape their future. At the same time we make sure, that our educational model allows for enough leeway for our students to change their education according to their ideals and personality. Through this initiative our students will be able to confidently add to the progression of our society.