This year, the students in the class of CM2 A participated in the 26th edition of the Children’s Parliament organized by the National Assembly, the French Ministry of National Education, the AEFE, and the Mission Laïque Française. This initiative, which takes place every year, aims to deepen CM2 students’ civic and moral knowledge by allowing them to discover the role of legislators. The theme of this edition was “Strengthening democratic participation and trust in institutions.”
After extensive research, discussions, and democratic debates, the students in Mr. Maurugeon’s class formulated an explanatory statement and a four-article draft law on the given theme. This exercise allowed them to reflect on the meaning of representative democracy, engagement, and exercising citizenship while also helping them build their civic culture.
Following this, two juries met in March and May to select the best works among all those presented in France and abroad. For the first time, the proposal of the LFV students was among the five retained!
The selected classes were then invited to create a video to present their law proposal. Other participating CM2 classes were able to choose their favorite project, engage in debates, and vote electronically on the Children’s Parliament website.
On June 12th, 2023, the CM2 A students had the opportunity to visit the National Assembly alongside the four other selected classes. After a guided tour and a lunch buffet, they participated in a debate with the other classes in the presence of Mrs. Yaël Braun-Pivet, President of the National Assembly, Mr. Pap Ndiaye, Minister of National Education, and deputies. The voting results were then announced during an award ceremony.
Although our CM2 A class did not win this edition, their proposal still came in 4th place! To reward them, each student received an individual diploma, and the entire class received a framed diploma from Mrs. Yaël Braun-Pivet.
This educational project has been very enriching for our students, who got involved and demonstrated that 10 and 11 year-olds can also give concrete meaning to democratic participation and citizenship!
We would like to thank Mr. Frédéric Petit, Deputy of the 7th constituency for French citizens abroad, and Mr. Jean-Yves Leconte, Senator representing French citizens abroad, for interacting with our students in the context of this project.
And above all, congratulations to our students for their commitment and excellent work!
Discover their law proposal right here (in French): CM2 A Law Proposal.