At the start of the next school year, a private school, “Les Comètes”, is opening in Agen, inclusive, offering lessons according to Montessori, Freinet and Steiner-Waldorf methods, promoting development , autonomy and responsibility of students. He gave a lecture on the subject on Saturday.
The school “Les Comètes” will take place within the leisure center of the Islands, in areas rented from the municipality of Agen. Don’t open a school, even private, who wants to: a file abundantly provided with many guarantees set by the association that governs the school. It is led by Karime Tahraoui, “teacher of National Education and sensitive to the cause of autism”.
All members of the association, at some point in their lives, made the observation that the so -called “classical” school did not offer the same advantages at all. It happens that children stay on the road, as long as they have certain abilities, as long as they suffer from particularities, more or less severe, autism for example, but also dyslexia that interferes with the child’s learning. on. to drop out.
“Disappointed” with the teaching methods in the “normal” school
In association therefore, there are many National Education teachers who want to go a different path. “We don’t do what others can’t, we don’t have this pretense. We come in addition to the current offer, especially offered by associations like Planète autism or even Tom Enfant Phare with whom, of course , we got in touch. And we already have a lot of promises to register “commented Jean-Pierre Govignon, former teacher and head of the establishment in colleges and high schools and François Courtine, university lecturer for disability research.
“We want to offer an alternative to the traditional course. Many of us have students with disabilities in their careers. And we haven’t done what we want to give them the best possible support. It’s built inclusively. values, very attentive to the child. For example, children are to arrange their classroom as they wish. They have tables, chairs, rugs … “
The peculiarities of the child are paramount
Montessori pedagogy, for example, is based on the observation of children, with all their differences. The adult positions himself in a way at the child’s level and adapts the lessons accordingly. So it is not the child who will adapt to the teacher but the opponent.
“We have official permission from the rector to open on April 28 for the next school year” assured Jean-Pierre Govignon and François Courtine. Who says private school should say fee. For Comètes, they get 400 euros per month for ten months of the school year, to which 300 euros must be added for entry fees, 150 euros per year for the administration fee, 80 euros per month for the canteen, 75 euros every month for child care. The school starts from the first class of kindergarten and goes, for now, to CM2.
This represents an adequate budget. The school is not yet under contract with National Education – although it does receive a visit from a sector inspector each year. “We have a lot of costs and we pay our teachers ourselves. But on the social side, we really care about it. This is why we approach as many institutional and private partners as possible, through their finances. help, lower this cost for low -income families. “
This Saturday, June 4, at 7:30 pm, at the Agen stadium, the school association “Les Comètes” is offering an evening meeting open to all, to better present its project. Professor Christian Alin, author and others on “school autism” will hold a conference. Afterwards, all interested parents can make an appointment to discuss their child’s status with the teaching group, before deciding whether or not to enroll their child. The school’s godfather, former professional player of the Girondins de Bordeaux and the Arsenal club, Marouane Chamakh, will also attend this Saturday.