Help people discover the usefulness of earthworms by observing them directly in a park.
Or make the classics of French song sing in the heart of a square.
The idea may seem utopian but it is what proposed, this Monday evening, Anne Hidalgo, the mayor (PS) of Paris.
During a press conference, the elected representative gave the possibility "to teachers to do class outside whenever possible.
We will make available, in an organized manner, our public squares and gardens that we can develop on purpose ”.
A device already tested in New York (United States) or Turin (Italy) in 2020.
The goal is to limit the risk of the spread of the coronavirus by taking advantage of the sunny days that are expected.
A new detonating idea, a few days after proposing to confine Paris for three weeks, which provoked many reactions and questions.
We try to answer it.
How to set up outdoor classes?
Contacted by the Parisian this Tuesday morning, the deputy mayor of Paris in charge of the revegetation of public space, green spaces, Christophe Najdovski clarifies the idea of the first magistrate.
“We want to take inspiration from what already exists in Nordic countries, such as Denmark.
This crisis is pushing us to innovate.
The squares and gardens are not "overused" during the week.
They would remain accessible to the public, he begins.
The goal is for courses that do not require too much logistics.
It is up to the teachers to imagine how to adapt ”.
In the Landes, students have class in the communal orchard
An adaptation "which will have to be accompanied by training" retorts Léa de Boisseuil, primary school teacher in the 18th arrondissement and member of the SNUipp-FSU teaching union in Paris.
If she finds the idea of the mayor rather good, this mistress fears that the 650 schools are not housed in the same boat according to their district.
"They are not all equal in green spaces, some schools are far from them," she considers.
A theory that is verified in the figures.
When we look at the data on the areas of squares and gardens put online by the city of Paris, we can see that the 2nd, 6th, 9th and 20th arrondissements have less than 5 m² per child in kindergarten. , primary and college (since Paris also manages secondary schools).
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And that without deducting from the squares and gardens all the items of furniture and other fountains which are not lawns ready to welcome the pupils.
A problem that Patrick Bloche, deputy mayor for education of Anne Hidalgo, has already been able to think about.
“We first want to undertake experimental procedures for 3-11 year olds before addressing college students.
We are not going to rush the teachers and we will start with those who are volunteers and there are some, ”he assures us.
According to the elected official, the possibility of installing perennial equipment to reconstitute an open-air classroom is already being considered.
"We can imagine the different levels succeeding each other on these tables or benches at Buttes-Chaumont, at Parc Monceau or Montsouris", lists Patrick Bloche, who reveals that an outdoor class visit to Denmark is in the works.
As soon as the health crisis allows.
Weather, security and education
In addition to material resources, such a measure also requires human resources.
"Let us not forget that we are on alert Vigipirate attack, recalls the representative of the SNUipp-FSU.
And then we will need more agents to supervise a class ”.
A security aspect that does not seem to worry the deputy mayor for green spaces, Christophe Najdovski.
"These places are often closed and our future municipal police will be able to make rounds during these moments of class outside", he solves.
Parents, used to signing school leaving permits, should however be approached.
Covid-19: new health restrictions in Paris?
"It all seems to be decided on a day-to-day basis"
An idea which appeals to the representatives of the parents of the pupils.
Ghislaine Morvan-Dubois, president of the FCPE de Paris, believes in it.
“The children suffer from the curfew.
This measure must be generalized for sport, then they should open cultural places for history and geography lessons, ”says this mother of the 5th arrondissement.
She does not hesitate to go further.
"We know that meals are the most risky moments for the Covid, why not distribute them in parks and gardens when the weather permits?
Because among the constraints, the weather in the capital holds its place.
Between the beginning of March and the end of May, it rains on average eight days a month and the average temperature varies between 10 and 17 ° C, according to Météo France.
"We will not carry out this experiment before spring", wants to reassure Patrick Bloche.
The SNUipp-FSSU is still not convinced.
“It will be very difficult to keep the students focused with distractions all around.
Either way, ads rarely follow facts.
This will not solve the health problems, ”tackle Léa de Boisseuil, the 18th century teacher.