Education


‘Stop putting ideology on our children’s plates,’ French minister says after major city removes meat from school lunches

French Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie has argued against injecting “ideology” into school lunches after the city of Lyon removed meat from the menus. Local officials said it would help them follow Covid-19 protocols. “Let’s stop putting ideology on our children’s plates,” Denormandie tweeted on Sunday. “Let’s just give them what they need to grow well. Meat is part of it,” he wrote, adding that he had asked the region’s prefect, a state-appointed official, to overrule the move. Officials in Lyon, France’s third-largest city, said schools would have a meat-free menu starting on Monday. They argued that the change would help to “streamline” the work of cafeterias while they followed the requirements on social distancing during th...

French education minister sparks outrage with warning about ‘Islamo-leftism’ in universities

The French minister for higher education has been criticized for warning about the spread of “Islamo-leftism” in France’s universities, raising concerns about the approach the government is taking in its fight against extremism. Speaking to France’s free-to-air channel C-News, Frederique Vidal used the term, which has become popular among right-wing figures, in a discussion about the problem of radical Islam in the country, and President Emmanuel Macron’s mission to combat extremism. “What we observe in universities is that there are people who can use their titles and the aura they have… to carry radical ideas or to carry militant ideas,” Vidal warned. I think that Islamo-leftism is eating away at our society as a whole, and universitie...

California to bring antitrust lawsuit against Google

California will join the US government and 11 other states in bringing lawsuits against Google for abusing its market dominance, the state's top prosecutor said Friday. "Google's market dominance leaves consumers and small businesses with little choice when it comes to internet search engines," Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. "By using exclusionary agreements to dominate the market, Google has stifled competition and rigged the advertising market." The US Justice Department and 11 states in October brought a civil case against Google for pursuing an illegal monopoly in its search functions and in its advertising research services. Google, founded in 1998 and headquartered in California, has often...

H.E. Mr. Pierre DARTOUT, Minister of State, visited Albert 1st High School

On September 7, 2020, H.E. Mr. Pierre DARTOUT, Minister of State, visited Albert 1st High School to attend the back-to-school of senior students who will, next June, pass the new events of the reform of the General Bachelor's degree. This visit took place in the presence of Mr. Patrice CELLARIO, Government-Minister of the Interior, and Ms. Isabelle BONNAL, Director of National Education, Youth and Sports. Early afternoon, H.E. Mr. Minister of State, accompanied by Archbishop of Monaco, Archbishop of Monaco, Mr. Patrice CELLARIO and Mrs. Isabelle BONNAL, also wanted to meet the students and staff of the François d ' Assise-Nicolas Barré school. After attending the school year of Grande Section students, H.E. Mr. Minister of State exchange...

A pre-school internship to prepare for the start of the school year serenely

More than 170 middle and high school students are starting on the August 31st a pre-school internship 100% funded by the Monegasque State. In the unprecedented educational context linked to Covid-19, the Monegasque Government and Extended Monaco have in fact joined forces with Parkours. A company specializing in school support to offer a pre-school internship this week to children who have experienced difficulties during their third trimester or who simply need to remember the achievements of this year in order to consider their return to school more calmly. This summer internship focuses on three fundamental subjects: French, mathematics and English. Daily support by videoconference on Teams are led by the best student tutors selected and...

Worldwide, 463 mn children can't access virtual schooling: UN

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and widespread school closures, at least one-third of students affected around the world lack access to virtual education, according to a UN study released Wednesday. In all, an estimated 463 million children lack the equipment or electronic access to pursue distance learning, said the report from UNICEF. "The sheer number of children whose education was completely disrupted for months on end is a global education emergency," Henrietta Fore, executive director of the UN Children's Fund, said in a statement. "The repercussions could be felt in economies and societies for decades to come," she said. The UN estimates that 1.5 billion children worldwide have been affected by lockdowns or school...

Surprising secrets of writers’ first book drafts

Writers who find themselves mired in procrastination would do well to take a page from Marcel Proust’s most famous book. Specifically, a page from In Search of Lost Time in manuscript form. Nothing more powerfully illustrates the truth of that creative-writing-class maxim, ‘writing is rewriting’, than the liberally crossed-out, lavishly annotated, occasionally doodled-upon notebooks in which Proust composed his seminal, seven-volume text. While their faded ink and age-dappled paper evoke physical fragility, what they showcase is a robust, almost aggressive determination. This is the heavy lifting of literary endeavour made manifest; there is no preciousness here, nothing is sacred. However much Proust doubted himself – and he doubted his c...

International Children's Rights Day The Way to School for Children from Elsewhere

In connection with the International Children's Rights Day, pupils from Years 5, 6 and 7 in the Principality's State schools and private schools under contract had an opportunity to meet Pascal Plisson, the director of the documentary film "Sur le chemin de l’école" ("On the Way to School"). The film recounts the journey to school of four children - Carlos (Argentina), who is 11 years old, Jackson (Kenya), who is 10, Samuel (India), who is 11, and Zahira (Morocco), who is 12. Every day, these children face many dangers on their journey to school in a hostile and hazardous natural environment. "Sur le chemin de l’école" has been seen by two million viewers. It was awarded the "César for the best docum...

Pierre Rabhi Meets Schoolchildren from the Principality

In the presence of Mr. Patrice Cellario, Minister of Interior, and Isabelle Bonnal, Director of Education, Youth and Sport, three hundred pupils from State and private schools in the Principality had the opportunity to meet Pierre Rabhi and discuss their concerns about the future of humanity with him. Pierre Rabhi is an essayist, novelist, farmer, lecturer and ecologist, and the founder of the "Colibris" association. This association, founded in 2007, works to build a society that is both ecological and humane, based on "happy simplicity," as advocated by Pierre Rabhi. He was asked questions such as "What are your links to humanism?" "Can the damage caused by mankind to Nature be reversed? "Are y...

Everyone is Mobilised to Help Combat Bullying in Schools

On Thursday 8 November 2018, all State and private schools under contract are taking part in a "No to Bullying" day. This day is part of the Prince's Government's action and preventative plan to combat bullying in schools, which is based on three elements: preventing and detecting various types of bullying, training adults who supervise students (such as teachers, school assistants, etc.) and dealing with bullying incidents. Combating bullying is an integral part of the Prince's Government's preventative plan to promote the well-being of young people and increase their self-esteem. This year, the Prince's Government wished to focus on cyber violence, which affects children and adolescents today. Cyber violence is an aggre...

Installation of Solar Panels at the Ecole des Révoires School

Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Minister of Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development, visited the roof of the Ecole des Révoires school, where solar panels are currently being installed by the Public Building Maintenance Department. The visit took place in the presence of Patrice Cellario, Minister of Interior, Isabelle Bonnal, Director of Education, Youth and Sport, Anthony de Sevelinges, Head of the Public Buildings Maintenance Office, accompanied by his staff, and Isabelle Biancheri, the School's Director. Key points of this installation: 161 m2 of photovoltaic panels have been installed. They have been placed on roofs with dual north-west and south-east exposure, allowing for optimal solar capture. To avoid e...

First day of the school for Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella of Monaco (Photo)

Princess Charlene of Monaco shared photos of her twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella taken on the first day of school on her Instagram account. Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella receive education in L’école maternelle (Pre-school)...