MARIGOT: In line with the secularism day at school with the theme of living well together, the management of the Monts des Accords middle school inaugurated a new plaque with the charter of secularism at school which was developed for the staff, students and all members of the educational community. In a language accessible to all, this charter explains the meaning and the stakes of the principle of secularism at school, in its relationship with the other values and principles of the Republic.
It thus offers a privileged support to teach, share and enforce these principles and values. Adapted to the specificities of the educational mission of each school, the charter of secularism in schools aims to reaffirm the importance of this principle, which is inseparable from the values of liberty, equality and fraternity expressed by the motto of the French Republic.
Secularism too often suffers from a lack of knowledge or understanding, and Mrs. Venthou-Dumaine, a documentalist teacher at the Mont des Accords middle school, has understood this well. By setting up a collaborative work between the classes of sixth and CM2 of the school Émile Choisy and in the elaboration of panels summarizing what is secularism per se, several students are now more familiar with the terms included in this charter and aware of the values it advocates.
The inauguration of the new plaque, which now stands under the school’s courtyard, was attended by Mr. Houpert, the school’s vice-principal, Mr. Patrice Sophie, the history and geography teacher for the fifth and sixth grades, Mr. Geoffroy Moreau, also a history and geography teacher, the sixth-grade students, and Mrs. Venthou-Dumaine, the person without whom all this would not be possible. Before the unveiling of the brand new plaque, the children sang the Marseillaise, wholeheartedly and with such melodious accuracy that it is fitting to give them credit.