In Bordeaux, full proportionality applied to the more representative children’s council

His culinary information flowed into considerations of international politics. “It’s a bit of a problem for us. Have you heard of Brexit? The UK has left the European Union and Scotland is part of it. So at the end of the year we had delivery problems. The trucks were stuck at customs. Obviously big salmon lovers, the eleven students present, CM1 and CM2, had noticed this temporary lack. “So, it’s coming back, it’s good,” assured her interlocutor. Reaction from back of room: “Cool”.

Pasta and ravioli

Very conscientious, everyone took notes. At least six hands came up on each exchange. Everything interests her. Why are ravioli always the backup dish? How come pasta often contains a lot of oil? Jean-Pierre Teisseire invited these savvy consumers to visit Sivu to propose recipes to the production manager and his five chefs.

Top question: “Before you send the food to the schools, do you have someone taste it?” In fact, every day the food of the day after tomorrow is tasted. There was a historical turning point. Here is the anecdote: “Ten years ago we made cod brandy. The problem was that it hadn’t been properly desalinated. It was inedible. All products have been removed. At that time we tried the previous day for the next day. Since then, we taste the dishes two days in advance. »

Jean-Pierre Teisseire, Quality and Purchasing Manager at Sivu.

Jean-Pierre Teisseire, Quality and Purchasing Manager at Sivu.

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Private-public realignment

The second commission is called “All Equal”. Specifically, school bullying. The third entitled “Together we help each other” deals with the topics of solidarity and mutual help. The city of Bordeaux received a total of 300 applications. Of the 64 selected students, 32 are girls and 32 are boys. Recruitment takes place in CM1. The assembly is renewed by half every year. Plenary sessions are held three times a year in the presence of the mayor. The next one will take place on June 8th.

In Bordeaux, the municipal children’s council has existed for about twenty years. But its composition has just been checked. “He was not at all representative of Bordeaux children,” says Sylvie Schmitt, the deputy mayor responsible for education, childhood and youth. We had mostly inner city kids. More than 60% came from private schools, knowing full well that in Bordeaux today 15% are taught in the private sector. Private tutors have tended to be seized by the institution, which is based on volunteer work. »

The municipal children's council consists of 32 girls and 32 boys

The municipal children’s council consists of 32 girls and 32 boys

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Unique in France

Therefore, a rebalancing has taken place. From now on, half of the young counselors will be recruited during school time, the other half outside the curriculum, for example in leisure centres. For reasons of “territorial justice”, all neighborhoods have representatives proportional to the number of children attending school in those different geographic sectors. This gives Bordeaux Maritime or the Grand Parc more say. This new system, absolutely unique in France, leads to a kind of proportional integral. During the integration day in October in the Barails nature reserve, “the two words ecology and discrimination were used most frequently,” observes Sylvie Schmitt. With three parameters and ratios to respect, let’s imagine the draw was even more complex than that of a soccer World Cup.

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