“Mélenchon, Macron, Zemmour, Le Pen, Pécresse…” Okay, the students couldn’t name all 12 presidential candidates. But we will forgive them for forgetting the singular Jean Lassalle with the singing accent. And in order to lead them on the trail of Poutou, they needed a clue: “His name is reminiscent of a kiss,” whispers teacher Marie Dalmasse… “Poutou! exclaims Ugo immediately and lifts his finger.
Develop a program
Located in the hamlet of Heumont in Réhon, the primary school is one of around fifty classes from across the department taking part in the Objectif One project, managed by the departmental directorate of the National Education Services. This is intended to promote the use of the digital workplace.
“We tried to familiarize them with the voting process,” explains Yannick Peltier, one of the teachers, who refers to the use of digital technology. They carried out the elections themselves with a program, absentee ballot, ballot box, etc. Each student candidate had to make three suggestions about everyday school life. »
In the CE1 and CE2 class, led by Marie Dalmasse, it was Lara who won the election after fighting Léa in a second round. His ideas? “A challenge during recess every week, a box of spare gear and more sharing with the other classes. Then it’s up to the class to vote for the best proposal from the entire department.
Questions and answers on the presidential election
And the current election period is conducive to an expansion of work. For example, students from the department formulated questions about the presidency, such as the election of the head of state, in writing or in front of the camera in short videos.
We will be posting and broadcasting a series of responses in our columns and on our website next week. A way to connect school children to the news. Also, some, like Leo, 10 years old, already want to vote. In the class of CM1 and CM2, led by Jessica Fontan, there were ten who presented a program to be selected.
“Young people are sensitive to current events, they hear about the candidates from their families,” says the teacher, just like the war in Ukraine. With sometimes astonishing reactions, especially in the first days of the war: “Do we have to go too?” “We at Trois-Frontières would be the first to be affected, wouldn’t we? »
It is therefore important to convey a reassuring message to school children in this anxiety-provoking context. And to insist on the fact that not all countries have the same electoral system and form of government…