Thus arises three duos of French Quebec schools, born of a collaboration between three French schools and three Quebec schools:
- the Léo-Lagrange primary school in Villers-Cotterêts (France) and the Trésor-du-Boisé school in Saint-Laurent (Quebec);
- Center Elementary School in Soissons (France) and Laurentides School in Saint-Laurent (Quebec);
- the Eugène-Corette primary school in Saint-Quentin (France) and the Katimavik school in Saint-Laurent (Quebec).
In a common desire to promote exchanges, sharing and mutual enrichment, the Ministries of France and Quebec respectively commissioned the Amiens Academy and the Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Service Center to establish this unprecedented partnership. The cooperation between schools is presented in a collaborative approach, adapted to the specificities and respective needs.
Twinned schools for example:
- will work on virtual exchanges between classes, in particular through robot programming projects;
- will convert their internal regulations into a code of conduct organized around the values of the sister schools;
- will lead a joint reflection on flexible lessons and the implementation of learning according to the needs of the student.
Ministers wanted Franco-Quebec schools to take an avant-garde approach in addressing the themes dear to French-Quebec cooperation: pre-primary education, continuing education for teachers and managers, management and collaborative education. benevolent pedagogy. It is also important to allow students on both sides of the Atlantic to take advantage of the best French and Quebec teaching practices. In the same way, it is also hoped that the teaching and management personnel can enrich their practices to promote academic success through contact with their foreign colleagues.
Franco-Quebec schools provide a new, innovative and dynamic framework for educational cooperation between France and Quebec. New French Quebec schools should also see the light of day in the near future.
“The France-Quebec partnership is a collaboration priority for me. It is a source of inspiration with great potential for innovation for our education systems. Together with the Minister of Quebec, Jean-François Roberge, I am committed to strengthening and enhancing this privileged relationship.” deepen through the launch of joint initiatives to work together to improve the quality of education for students in France and Quebec and to strengthen our friendship relationship.Franco-Quebecers we are creating and to whom I wish the greatest success .”
Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport (France)
“In recent years I have seen the deep friendship and close cooperation that unite Quebec and France, especially in the field of education. Today I can proudly confirm that thanks to the work of our respective teams, which is just an idea in the fall of 2020 has become a reality and I am very happy with it.These first French Quebec schools will be the center of rich exchanges, from which our young people, in addition to shaping their future, will also contribute to their success and will be a privileged moment for the school staff to share. I thank everyone who made this initiative possible and I wish them a long life!”
Jean-François Robberge, Minister of Education (Quebec)
- The six schools welcome specific clients who create their share of the challenges, and each of the Franco-Quebec schools presents a distinctive plan of action. Indeed, some schools are located in privileged areas and others in less privileged areas. Some schools have a majority of students with an immigrant background. The linkage between French and Quebec schools is done so that the clientele is as equal as possible and the challenges associated with it can be discussed between partners.
- Located in the Hauts-de-France region (northern France), the academy of Amiens covers the departments of Somme, Oise and Aisne and brings together more than 350,000 students (nursery and primary schools, colleges and secondary schools).
- The Center de services scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys is located in the Montreal region. It provides services to more than 70,500 students and has 102 schools.
- The Amiens Academy and the Marguerite Bourgeoys School Services Center will be the pilot academies for a new co-teaching initiative through short spells of teacher exchanges that should begin in the fall.