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Avril 2010 / April 2010

 Prise de notes/Secretary: Luba Kolebinova

Corrections: Michel Mulat, Teresita Garduño Rubio, Elke Hofmann

Traduction/Translation, distribution: Luba Kolebinova

 The President’s letter

 The RIDEF in Nantes proposes that we reflect on how Freinet pedagogy is a response to new challenges for the planet.

The twenty-first century, characterized by speed, change and diversity of information, requires the transformation of school paradigm. The school as an instance of transmission of knowledge has been replaced by a scientific society that weaves disciplinary boundaries and building common objects of knowledge. Today, it is not enough to introduce students to the knowledge. There is a need to teach them to face an uncertain world in which globalization means taking a position on the acceptance or criticism of new concepts, new methods and technologies. Freinet pedagogy of common sense is more essential than ever for students to understand the world.

On the other hand, never in human history was developed such an understanding of behaviour, thought and emotion of man. Nearly one hundred years of psychological and epistemological construction require that the school opens its doors and that we must make our teaching strategies from what is known about how to learn, how to feel and socialize. Children need emotional space for approaching the knowledge and experiencing pleasure - essential to any real learning. In many schools of our countries, we can hear students laughing only during break or during school holidays.

A new challenge is introduced into school today. We discovered that one of our greatest assets is its diversity. The differences are no longer frightening, and we learn that we all have cultures, values, skills and knowledge that make of us a diverse potential for other human beings. Being unique is a fundamental value that the school must protect. For all this, the school opened its doors timidly, including to other languages, other skills, other cultures, other ways of learning and being. The economic and political changes in the world, the migration in search of new jobs and better living conditions have forced schools to open their doors to children and young people from other cultures, other languages and other customs. But still, in many classrooms of our country, diversity is seen as frightening and threatening.
Today we do not wait to go to school to start learning; preschool children arrive in the first grade with their acquired knowledge that is always the starting point for new cognitive constructions. This democratization of knowledge generated public exercises to obtain the views, concerns and needs of our young people, their families and their communities. Teachers are not the possessors of the truth; a true critical society lives in their classrooms. The knowledge that children learn outside the classroom, are now feeding children’s conference spaces and school assemblies to diversify viewpoints that coexist within the school. However, for many other teachers, speech is always their personal privilege: their ideals remain silent children and young people, who dogmatically repeat what they say and must accept it as the only truth.
We echoed other voices that gather beyond our borders, carrying the specific questions at school. Although the school has extended its field, the relevance of what it learns, is questionable.

The various international meetings for children and education, such as the World Conference on Education for All 1990 (Jomtien, Thailand), the World Summit for Children in 1990 and the World Education Forum 2000 (Dakar, Senegal) have highlighted the urgency to meet basic learning needs of children in order to improve their quality of life. In these meetings, it was noted that a huge number of population still has no possibility of entering the school and there are still many people who, although they have completed their basic education, have not yet acquired the necessary knowledge to interact with their environment and solve everyday problems effectively. The reason for school failure is related to the persistent gap between the basic educational needs of individuals and educational purposes of the various plans and programs. In other words, "the school is not ready to fully develop skills needed to live and work in dignity, participate fully in development, improve quality of life, make decisions and continue learning." This means that much of what is taught in school can not be used to improve the quality of daily life.

However, international agreements that emerged from the Global Forum did not result in the consolidation of public schools. In many of our countries, education budgets have been reduced, recognizing the recognition of the value of teachers' work has come into question and the external examinations at the school have increased, causing a deep distrust of teachers by denying them the right and the ability to evaluate their own work.

After more than 50 years of cooperative education, promotion of various cultural backgrounds of the pedagogy of Celestin Freinet, we must recognize that we have learned a lot in small communities with educators, mothers and fathers in rural areas. We learned when we travelled as swallows accompanying migrant workers. We learned in special education with children with disabilities, in working with children workers and those found in the streets of our cities. Today, we know what is above the biggest challenges, given the extreme difficulties of innovating to transform the school and give it another direction. It also appears that the failure of the traditional and dogmatic school was the starting point towards relevance.
Finally, looking at our common home, the Earth, we realize that we gradually lose our natural environment, our forests, our biodiversity. Climate change threatens the peace of many in various parts of the world. The indiscriminate use of our resources impoverishes our environment.
That is why today, we invite the FIMEM members to read the guidelines from the Earth Charter as a reflection on our common house:
• Respect and care for life in all its diversity;
• Build democratic societies that are just, participatory, sustainable and peaceful.
• Protect and restore the ecological integrity of the Earth, preventing harm to the environment and adopt patterns of production and consumption that safeguard Earth's regenerative capacities, human rights and community well-being.

• Work for social and economic justice; eradicate poverty and ensure sustainable development and universal access to education, health care, respect for a dignified life for all.

• Work for democracy, non-violence and peace.
To close these reflections I quote the end of this Charter:
Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.


Tere Garduño (May 2010)




from the meeting of the FIMEM Board of Directors

on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9th, 10th and 11th April 2010

in Lyon, France


PRESENT: Teresita Garduño Rubio, Elke Hofmann, Mamadou Demba, Michel Mulat and Luba Kolebinova; Patrick Galland (responsible person of the Internationnal Sector of ICEM) as well as François and Odile Perdrial, Patricia Despaquis and Maud Colin on 10th April – representatives of the RIDEF 2010 organising team.

Many thanks to Patricia Despaquis for organising this meeting in Lyon.

Thanks to all representatives of the RIDEF organisers from the Nantes and the Lyon groups for their participation.

- The financial report and the provisional budget of the FIMEM 2010-2012
were presented by Elke and discussed by the BD.
The financial FIMEM report from June 2010 is in the Attachment of the email and in the FIMEM site.
The FIMEM provisional budget will be sent to the movements and uploaded on the site before the RIDEF in Nantes.
Elke will propose some changes of the data in the future provisional budget.
- Movement subscriptions (member fees):

Most of the movements have paid their subscription fees till 2010.

There are some movements that have not paid their subscriptions these last years:

Santa Catarina, Brazil and MFE, Estonia – since 2003;

Nova Escola Calega, Spain – since 2004;

FBV, Belgium, MFA, Hungary and MMEM, Mexico – since 2005;

MOPANEF, Panama – since 2007

Elke will send another appeal to the movements to pay their subscriptions.

Movements and groups or individuals are requested for the money due to make bank transfers to the FIMEM rather than send cheques.

This is to reduce bank charges.

Here are the FIMEM bank accounts:

Sparkasse Freiburg, Postfach 1170, 79011 Freiburg, Germany
Account holder: FIMEM
IBAN (International Bank Account Number): DE11680501010012641275
BIC / SWIFT (Bank International Code): FRSPDE66
Credit Mutuel, 31 Boulevard de Blossac, F-86100 Chatellerault?? France - FIMEM
IBAN: FR76 1574 9364 2000 0107 5440 254 (International)
RIB: 15749 36420 00010754402 (from France), BIC: CMCIFR2A
- Profit of the RIDEF in Mexico: the sum of 8612,13 EUR was transferred to the FIMEM. These are the 60% of benefits: 7497,21 EUR and 10% of the registration fees: 1114,92 EUR.
- Expenses for the BD meeting in Lyon:
Total expenses are 2226,66 EUR.
60% (1336 EUR) will be paid by the FIMEM according the FIMEM Statutes
The total part to be paid by the movements (40% of the sum) Is 890,66 EUR.

Many thanks to the RIDEF organisers for their support for the BD meeting and representatives of the organiser team - GD 44 (Nantes) and GLEM (Lyon).
The total support for this meeting is 479,80 EUR.

As the movements have paid a total of 408,13 EUR for the participation of five BD members the remaining part to be paid by the Solidarity FIMEM amount is 482,53 EUR.

- Auditors: Andi Honegger and Renate Niklausen will check the accounts of FIMEM from 25th to 27th June 2010 in Freiburg, Germany. Their expences will be paid in the same way as for the BD meetings (by the FIMEM, the FGS - Freinet movement of Switzerland and Freinet Kooperative, Germany.



- The solidarity fund for the RIDEF in Nantes under the responsibility of the FIMEM BD is 6480,76 EUR.
Donations to the FIMEM to date:
Departmental Group 14 of the ICEM: 200 EUR
Claire Gauthier and Patricia Despaquis: 30 EUR
Freinet Kooperative (Germany): 2860,76 EUR
Elke Hofmann: 300 EUR

Sweden (KAP): 1240 EUR

Switzerland (FGS): 1750 EUR

Many thanks to these movements, groups and persons for their solidarity as well as to all the RIDEF participants having paid a solidarity sum when subscribing.
The FIMEM budget, calculating actual or future payments have foreseen 8000 EUR for the solidarity fund.
The distribution of these sums is made considering the entries for the RIDEF - see in the FIMEM site.

The unclaimed sums are spent for other movements according to the number of the registered participants. Rumania, especially, renounced the sum we have provided for and we are thankful for this fact.

Michel wrote to the movements to inform them of this distribution. (April)
Every movement is requested to send the list of persons for whom solidarity sums will be sent to the treasurer of the RIDEF.
It is in order to avoid bank charges.


- The solidarity fund for the RIDEF in Nantes under the responsibility of the organisers of the RIDEF is 20000 EUR, for Africa. We are not allowed the freedom to choose the beneficiaries. What is given to Africa can not be used for another continent.
Other grants will make come participants from Georgia, Haiti and Tunisia.

What is given by a government for a country with which it has a contract, can not be used for another one.




- The Mexicans have prepared a detailed financial balance of the RIDEF which will be available on the site for the future organisers of RIDEFs. (Pages currently in work for reorganisation.)
The 40% of the profits remaining from the RIDEF for MEPA were meant to be for internal solidarity of the members of the movement so they can participate in the following RIDEFs.
The MEPA will print the RIDEF 2008 documentation and bring it in Nantes.
After the RIDEF in Metepec MEMM and MEPA organised several meetings with workshops in Mexico and invited the participants to join these movements.
The MEPA is currently working with Colleges of Yucatán - both with students and teachers.


Meeting of the FIMEM BD with the organisers of the RIDEF - Odile and François Perdrial – GD 44 (Nantes), Patricia Despaquis and Maud Colin – GLEM (Lyon), Patrick Galland, responsible person of the International Sector of the ICEM.
Subscriptions for the RIDEF: Thirty countries will be represented at Nantes. On April 10th there are 365 registered participants for the RIDEF. 193 have paid their deposit or their participation fees. Registrations are closed, with a waiting list in case of retirement.
Odile has sent a message to the subscribers to inform them of steps that the organisers will follow concerning the accommodation of participants.
The Departmental Group 44 has received a loan of EUR 10000 for the RIDEF from the FIMEM. This amount will be refunded at the end of 2010.
- There are more registered persons from B and C countries (unprivileged countries) than budgeted and fewer participants from A countries (privileged countries) which means a deficit concerning solidarity as A countries help B and C countries by paying more for their registration.

- There will be fewer people than expected at the campsite.
- A part of the subsidies for the RIDEF are not sure yet - we await the end of June to make a balance of actual payments.
- The cost of children is higher because of the CEMEA animation.

The GD 44 reduced some expenses – there will not be any professional translators, for example.
A European project has been implemented with the participation of France, Germany and Bulgaria to hold an extra meeting before the RIDEF of young people aged over 13 years.
The organisers will try to reduce the price of food which has been overestimated.
The GLEM is preparing an evening of solidarity to add money to the budget of the RIDEF.
Solidarity: 20000 EUR are planned by the organisers.
The solidarity funds provided by the RIDEF organisers and the FIMEM are distributed so that all participants in need of solidarity receive the maximum possible.
These participants will not have extra money and we could not respond to requests that are not foreseen when arriving in Nantes. Well managing his/her budget is important for every participant, together with the responsible persons of the movements.
Each person wishing to make a pre-RIDEF or a post-RIDEF should have the necessary funds for these extra days.
For now, nobody has sent a written demand for a pre-RIDEF or a post-RIDEF.
A table will be filled during the RIDEF for the post-RIDEF.
Odile is preparing a message for the French participants. She will ask them who could accommodate other participants in post-RIDEF.
Visas were requested for 43 people with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The official opening will be on Tuesday, July 20th, from 16:30.
The official reception of the Town Hall of Nantes will be on Thursday 22nd at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Long workshops: there are about 15. (19 - beginning of June)

A new long workshop “How to start in Freinet pedagogy” will be proposed by the CAMEM with animators from Senegal and Togo.
Appeal to animate other long workshops.
We could think of co-animated workshops.
Proposal: add in the form - time of balance at the end of each day of the workshop.
Forum Day: it will be open on long workshops in the morning and short workshops in the afternoon. Exchanges and sales are also planned.
Proposal: introduce this afternoon the partners of the organisers to allow participants to discover the steps to follow to more easily find partners in their respective countries.
Panels: A panel will be made by the organisers to show the sources of funding and to also thank the city of Saint-Louis, Senegal because it helps a person to come – so, it will have a booth.
The tribute to Paul and Jeannine Le Bohec will be organised by the FIMEM, with Amis de Freinet.
Basic groups: a tradition to be replaced. At their meetings the participants are informed by the organisers and could ask questions, have exchanges and discussions between them ...
Other meetings:
- of the long workshop animators;
- of the participants by regions / continents
- around the documents brought to the RIDEF, with a possibility to receive copies right there.

Excursions: four Freinet schools could be visited during the excursions.


We hope the MCEP members will present in Nantes their investigations and decisions about the RIDEF 2012.


The commission worked with the proposals of Hartmut and Michel published on the site, as well as with the proposals of some movements from Mexico (MEPA), Spain (MCEP), Italy (MCE) Bulgaria (MEMB) and Sweden (KAP).

The commission has prepared a proposal which is uploaded in the site.

The proposal of Germany (FK) is in the site too (in German).

These groups are requested to add a French and an English version.
There is another proposal from Belgium (EP) not to modify the Charter and it is among the proposals to be voted on.
The movements are asked to discuss these proposals and make their voting decision before the GA of Nantes.
COMMISSION ON THE INTERNAL REGULATION A new table of the countries having one or more movements members of FIMEM was set up after researches of current data. It takes into account the country's human development and the salaries of teachers with 15 years of work, net of taxes paid when they are not directly taken out of wages. (Sent in April 2010)

Help us make the most accurate possible table, please.
Thanks to everyone who sent the requested information. It helped to change, without replacing entirely, the statistical data we used as a basis for countries for which we have no other data. We also used data from the table of 2002-2010 subscription fees or data from Internet for few countries. (Sent in April 2010)

This principle of classification of countries will be voted on by the GA as well as a proposal to add a new coefficient for a part of the countries in category A ("developed" countries). This classification could be applied about the subscription fees after the GA in 2010 if it is accepted or could provide a basis for further classification.
The movements are asked again to send the teachers' salaries, the individual subscription, and the number of members of their movements.
Most of the material sent by the movements (Mexico, Bulgaria, Poland, Senegal ...) have been scanned and placed in the site by Michel.
Films, photographs and other documents will be prepared in CD and DVD to be presented at the RIDEF of Nantes.
The FIMEM members are asked to bring a maximum archives in Nantes. Movies, magazines, books, audio tapes ... will be scanned at most of our possibilities and then deposited in the Departmental Archives located in Nice, where any militant or researcher could consult them.


The agenda of the General Assembly was sent to the movements and can be found on the FIMEM website as well as the proxy for the movement delegates to the GA. (April 2010)
The moral report of the FIMEM BD will be published before the RIDEF as well as the financial report.
Michel will ask the movements to send their activity report. (April 2010)
The candidacy for membership of Georgia will be presented by France at the GA and voted upon.
Renewal of the BD: Michel and Luba leave the BD, and Elke will not present her candidacy for a second mandate.
Teresita and Mamadou, presented by MEPA and by the ASEM, would like to work in the FIMEM BD for two more years.
FK of Germany presented a new candidacy - that of Ingrid Dietrich and
ICEM (France) presented the candidacy of Patricia Despaquis.

MCE (Italy) presented the candidacy of Giancarlo Cavinato - not as an elected candidate, but as a cooperative helper paying his own travel and stay expenses for the BD meetings without any reimbursement from the FIMEM. The MCE will not pay other contribution to the FIMEM, if accepted by the GA.
The movements are asked to quickly send their nominations. (Before June 28th, 2010 according to the IR.)


According to the FIMEM Statutes and Internal Regulation its activities are funded by a part of the benefit (60%) and by the participation fees (5%) of the RIDEFs.
Another part of the participation fees of the RIDEFs (5%) forms the solidarity FIMEM fund to which the amounts paid for Solidarity by the movement or by persons members of movements are added.
Several factors make the functioning more difficult in these last years: the decrease of finances for the movements of "developed" countries (Category A) and at the same time the higher number of movements from "less developed" countries (categories B and C) needing solidarity.
Therefore, we must all seek in our respective country subsidies for the RIDEFs and / or BD’s and / or other FIMEM activities, for example:
- Seek to have European projects (for European countries) for Eastern Europe - COLOSSEUM;
- Apply for grants to Municipalities, Associations, look for opportunities through the twinning of cities ...
- Consider organising a / BD meeting(s) in different cities or countries to reduce travel expenses of the BD members.

- Consider organising two BD meetings instead of three between the RIDEFs but with more days for work.

- Continue working via Internet exchanges or in the site, as it was by now.

The BD decided to accept the idea to have an associate member not having the right to vote, who could work with the BD undertaking his/her own expenses.
A document with proposals on the future of FIMEM will be sent to the movements and a commission will be proposed to work until the RIDEF 2012 in Spain.


The FIMEM site: several people could try to manage the entire site.
Appeal of the BD to find people willing to jointly manage the FIMEM site.
The BD Letter 10 will be prepared before the RIDEF.
The Multinette 4.1 has been sent and put in the site in March and the Multinette 5 has been prepared in April (Sent and published in April 2010).


The FIMEM flyer will be updated before the RIDEF and could be downloaded from the site.
Latin America - the RED that has been formed is continuing its organising. The FIMEM Charter has been offered to the RED members so they could recognise it. (See the website of the RED:
CAMEM (Africa) - they work on the presentation of the movements and their experience. They think about the initiating of a common project for Africans.
We will try to reconnect with Algeria which 3 participants enrolled in the RIDEF, as well as with other participants from different countries.
The ICEM is in contact with South Korea.
The movements receive FIMEM information, but often fail to requests and do not spread all the information within their movement.

The meeting of RIDEF participants by continents and regions is expected to help them think about common projects on which they could work together.


The BD reacted after the floods of Santa Catarina in Brazil and at the time of the invasion of Gaza territories in Palestine.
After the earthquake in Haiti a French organisation that works with Haiti in the Freinet frame of mind in recent years has sent the FIMEM an address to which donations could be sent.
A solidarity fund for such cases will be proposed to the RIDEF participants in Nantes.
A permanent page on the news in the global Freinet movement is open on the site and is accessible through the megaphone on the left of the screen.


NEXT BD MEETING: July 19, Nantes. Meeting with the organisers of the RIDEF too.
SHEDULE OF THE TASKS OF THE BD MEMBERS: It has been prepared and will be completed during the coming months.


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