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On Tuesday evening, the Alizéens were able to attend a public meeting with a distinguished guest: the educator Philippe Merieu.
Engaged and recognized figure in the world of education, researcher in educational sciences, educational activist, president of the CEMEA, author of numerous books, including “What School Can Still Do for Democracy”, Philippe Meirieu has been fueling debates about education for years. One hundred and thirty people took part in the public meeting organized by the municipality as part of the project “Drawing the Alizay of tomorrow”.
Areas of mixed education
Philippe Meirieu recalled how important it is, both in the family and in the city, to build “refugees” for children, places that keep them safe and reassured; essential places to help young people see, discover the world; places that will then make it possible to organize the encounter with the unexpected, with the difference, with taking responsibility. Philippe Meirieu then insisted on the need to “create areas of co-education that can be an alternative to the confinement that can form, for example, screens”.
For a captivated space that started a fruitful dialogue with the researcher in Educational Sciencessolutions have emerged, simple and concrete, to unify everything educational actors and young people, such as creating vegetable gardens that are shared between the school, the recreation centre, the school catering and the residents.
As a solidarity village, Alizay is committed to a real presence of young people in municipal committees.
Work will continue in the coming weeks under the auspices of:Arnaud Levitre, Mayor of Alizay and departmental council (PCF)in the form of workshops to come up with concrete solutions together at village level.
Democracy and popular education
In its approach to popular education, the municipality had organized a first phase on Tuesday 26 April, in which actors from the education world came together. The city then presented its “a village at the peak of children” project and emphasized its desire to link the issues of democracy and popular education in order to restore the power of residents to trade in the city.
This project will be articulated around 5 main axes within which actions, responsibilities and timelines will have to be specified. The 5 axes are: the well-being of young people; the fight against exclusion and discrimination; benefit from a high-quality educational trajectory; participation and commitment of every young person in the life of the city: partnering with UNICEF for the promotion of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and “inter” solidarity (international and intergenerational).
New avenues in study
This first phase of rich and intense exchanges made it possible to recall the actions already taken by the municipality, such as the solidarity permit, the partnership with the college to avoid exclusion of pupils and to allow an educational sanction, the organic meal, proximity at rates adapted to the family quotient or the existence of a local mediator to support young people in their difficulties, their orientation, their projects. New avenues need to be mapped out: the establishment of a bafa solidarity, the creation of a youth information point, the replanting of the playground, the creation of a municipal youth council, the integration of young volunteers in the municipal committees that concern them or the construction of bicycle paths.
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