Mathematics Week: Agreement between the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sport and the French Federation of Bridges

Recognized as a sport by the IOC in 1999, Bridge has its place in this broad and stimulating perspective of education. For this reason, the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sport and the French Federation of Bridge have just signed on Tuesday March 15, 2022 a new framework agreement aimed at promoting bridge practice at middle school.
This partnership, renewed since 2012, contributes to strengthening learning, especially mathematics, and the attractiveness of science and technology education, which is part of artistic and cultural education, an essential pillar of intellectual education and personal success of students.

In addition to the so-called classical artistic fields and memorial policy, the scientific, technological and industrial culture prepares future citizens to understand the world around them and to perceive social and ecological challenges. It is nourished by various pedagogical and pedagogical practices, inside and outside the classroom, which emphasize the joy of learning and train memory, logical thinking, abstraction and problem-solving skills, mobilizing problem-solving strategies. Bridge contributes to the development of these intellectual abilities. It also contributes to self-restraint and respect for others, and therefore plays an important role in learning citizenship.

By mobilizing basic mathematical tools, the bridge enables the fight against the innumerable. Indeed, it has been proven that the varied and stimulating playful approach to the fundamentals contributes to the mathematical education of the students by stimulating the students’ logical thinking.

In this way, the Little Bridge game, integrated into the Bird Counter operation launched in December 2021, is fully part of an approach to increase mathematics at the heart of the classroom, but also outside of the classroom, especially in the classroom practice family circle. This experiment, launched by the Ministry and supervised by the Scientific Council for National Education with the support of a research laboratory (IDEE), is a fun operation in CP teaching at the service of mathematical learning.

All primary and secondary schools are affected by the agreement signed today, particularly those belonging to a priority education network and the vocational training network. Particular attention is paid to students who encounter difficulties at school, especially in mathematics.

Devices particularly affected are:

  • Artistic and cultural education projects, possibly eligible for funding through the collective part of the culture pass;
  • Relay systems that temporarily house students in the process of dropping out or dropping out of school. ;
  • boarding schools (in particular from regionally adapted educational institutions), socio-pedagogical associations and centres;
  • Educational support that provides volunteer students with after-school activities in primary and special schools that help them with their school work and give them opportunities for cultural and sporting openness;
  • Operation Open School, which hosts young people in EPLEs during school holidays to offer them educational leisure activities;
  • Extracurricular educational activities set up within the Wednesday schedule and included in the Territory Educational Project (PEDT).

A monitoring committee of the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sport/French Federation of Bridges is responsible for coordinating, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of this agreement. Each year, this committee will evaluate the projects carried out and reflect on the appropriate training content and the necessary supporting documents for the teachers and managers of the FFB. It will be a source of suggestions to guide the actions undertaken at national and academic level and to gain experience in the field.

With 90,000 members, 55% of whom are women, spread over 1,150 clubs, the French Bridge Federation (FFB) is the leading bridge federation in Europe. Every year it runs bridging courses listed in the Academic Training Plan (PAF) in mainland France, including overseas territories. Today, more than 2,000 trained teachers are incorporating Bridge practice to foster their students’ educational success, beginning with CP.

Bridge, a vector of social integration to promote equal opportunities, is also established in several “educational cities”.

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