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Education Minister Caroline Désir says she understands the school climate strike scheduled for October 22

Contrary to her Flemish counterpart who criticized the school strike for the climate to be held next week, the French-speaking Minister of Education Caroline Désir (PS) appeared on Wednesday much more positive towards this initiative.

“I understand the mobilization of young people on this climate issue and that I understand that this mobilization is gaining momentum with the approach of the next COP (scheduled in two weeks in Glasgow, editor’s note)”, confided the minister, questioned on Wednesday during the plenary session of Parliament by MP Amandine Pavet (PTB).

For Caroline Désir, the presence of schoolchildren at this event “could make sense in terms of learning, but also in terms of the development of citizenship and commitment”.

She also expressed the wish that the educational teams could take up this theme before this event, in which she also sees a way to fight against the feeling of helplessness and eco-anxiety that many feel. young people facing the climate threat.

Warning about a generalization of this strike

After a year and a half of schooling disrupted by the health crisis, the minister however warned against any generalization of this climate strike on a weekly basis, as happened in 2019.

In secondary education, strikes carried out always on the same day would indeed result in each time being at the expense of the same courses, which would then be detrimental to learning, however, Ms. Désir warned.

Sunday, at the end of the climate demonstration in Brussels and the announcement of a school strike on October 22, the Flemish Minister of Education, Ben Weyts (N-VA) did not have hid his dissatisfaction with the initiative.

“We have already lost enough hours of lessons during the corona crisis. One of the lessons of this crisis is that this reduction in learning times comes at the expense of the most vulnerable students. A school strike is always a bad response, even when it is for an honorable cause, ”he commented.

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