VIDEO. Visit Minister Pap Ndiaye: “Rural schools are just as important as urban ones”

Education Minister Pap Ndiaye was able to discuss with the students who presented him the various actions being taken within the establishment in the areas of sustainable development, solidarity and cooperation. (©Paul Halbedel – Voice of the South Lauragais)

“I didn’t want to come” Haute Garonne in a gust of wind. I arrived yesterday afternoon and it seemed important to me to include a visit to a rural school. It is with these words that Pap Ndiayejustified his coming to Villenouvelle when he greeted the local elected officials who were waiting for him in front of the kindergarten of this commune of Lauragais where he arrived at about 2:45 p.m., this Friday, September 2, 2022.

the Minister of National Education and Youth visited the kindergarten first before walking to the elementary school a hundred meters away. For just over an hour, he was able to discuss with the area’s elected officials, as well as with the students and faculty. Before he also took a moment just before his departure to chat with some residents who were present on the streets of the village, willingly responding to spontaneous requests for selfies.

The importance of school in the countryside

During this stop, Pap Ndiaye discussed various topics related to education. with the mayor Nicolas Fedou who hopes that the school will welcome an extra class next year with a view to the houses that have to be built in the municipality, he mentioned in particular the class size problems.

Many local elected officials were in attendance and were able to confer with the minister between the two schools' visits.
Many local elected officials were in attendance and were able to confer with the minister between the two schools’ visits. (©Paul Halbedel – Voice of the South Lauragais)

Asked about the dissatisfaction of some elected officials who sometimes regret that he is? easier to close classes than to open them in rural areasassured the minister to be very vigilant on this point.

If we closed classes based on purely arithmetic criteria, we would close twice as many. We are closing classes, of course, but certainly not in proportion to the decline in numbers. Our goal is to improve the teacher-student ratio. At the moment this is just under six teachers per 100 students. We will improve it in the coming years and close classes where necessary. But we take into account the specificities of the rural world. You can’t close a class in the countryside like you can in the urban world. These are questions that are very important to me. School is especially important in small rural villages. It is a place of conviviality, it represents public services.

Pap NdiayeMinister of National Education and Youth

Inclusion, sustainable development…

Pap Ndiaye also shared a lot with the students. While the establishment is striving to achieve the second level of the E3D label (Education for Sustainable Development), several small groups of students took the floor to present to the Minister the actions carried out within the establishment in the field of sustainable development, solidarity or cooperation.

Then he willingly answered a few questions from schoolchildren who were visibly intrigued by the presence of so many people in their class: What does the profession of minister entail? » or “Why do so many people follow you when you come to a school? “.

Minister Pap Ndiaye posed with students on the playground.
Minister Pap Ndiaye posed with students and their teachers on the playground. (©Paul Halbedel – Voice of the South Lauragais)

With the teachers, Jean-Michel Blanquer’s successor also extensively discussed the issue of: inclusion and care of students with special needs. The ability to discuss the status of Guiding students with disabilities (AESH) and talk to one of these professionals who work at the Villenouvelle school.

…and consequences of climate change!

Finally, Pap Ndiaye took the liberty of making a suggestion to the mayor of Villenouvelle on this very hot afternoon. “It would be nice to remove that concrete in the garden”he launched to Nicolas Fédou and invited him to plant it. “I agree, if we get state grants to do it”the mayor replied with a smile.

The Minister took advantage of this exchange to raise the issue of the climate change and its impact on student education. “We have to take this question into account, that we are adjusting. If we don’t do this, we’ll have trouble, if only to make sure the end-of-school exams are held when it’s the hottest time,” he said.

Pap Ndiaye during his exchange with the teachers of the primary school of Villenouvelle.
Pap Ndiaye during his exchange with the teachers of the primary school of Villenouvelle. (©Paul Halbedel – Voice of the South Lauragais)

“I pay attention to the characteristics of rural schools”

Before leaving the premises, Pap reminded Ndiaye that he had taken the time to speak with the educational community of the two schools in Villenouvelle, which welcome a total of nearly 150 students.

This primary school in a rural environment has its peculiarities, its specific needs. It was essential for me to listen and discuss with the teaching team and of course to greet the students. […] I pay attention to the characteristics of rural schools, they are just as important as urban schools to my ministry.

Pap Ndiaye
Before leaving Villenouvelle, Pap Ndiaye took a few minutes to chat with the residents of the school who had come out onto the street.
Before leaving Villenouvelle, Pap Ndiaye took a few minutes to chat with the residents of the school who had come out onto the street. (©Paul Halbedel – Voice of the South Lauragais)

And for the residents of the school who were astonished to come face to face with the Minister of National Education, Pap Ndiaye recalled some of the ambitions he set for himself by accepting the position that belongs to him. “One of my goals is to restore the teacher’s authority. And to make this job attractive again”, he first launched. ” It is important to train the future citizens who will bring the Republic to life. And that, it’s here, at school, that it happens,” he concluded then before getting into his vehicle to join in.” balma where he expected to inaugurate a school.

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