IIS A. Ferrari is a vocational and techincal school situated in Maranello nearby Ferrari factory. Actually it was founded by Enzo Ferrari in the early 60s to train his staff. Some years later it became a State school which maintains strong ties with Ferrari itself and all the small-medium-large enterprises of the “Motor Valley” (Modena province). The school has been engaged in European Projects since the early 90s. It has a wide trasnational partnership and it has mainly dealt with Leonardo da Vinci , Socrates and Comenius programs. The school has extensive links with local municipality, Modena province and regione Emilia-Romagna. It boasts an established cooperation with a Japanese college of Higher Education with annual exchanges of students and teachers who share job training and best practices. However it’s important to underline that the school is situated in a quite industrialized area which shows all the problems connected with industrialization and the present economic crisis: socio-economically disadvantaged students as well as students at risk of drop out or social esclusion. At the meantime there are many children of migrants who have sometimes problems with the mother tongue or students with special needs. These topics are key problems in the school. They have been tackled in the last period as a part of the labour carried as concerns Life Skills, as suggested by the Mininster of Education.
The isues of the project is of great relavance for IIS A. Ferrari ; it has been a main concern of school staff; Municitalities and parents boord.