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The BD of the FIMEM needs more helping hands. Andi

The new Board of Directors BD of the FIMEM has only four members, which isn’t sufficient according to the statues and the work to be done.




Our General Assembly has three parts: first the information session, second the discussions in the language groups and third the decision taking session. With all the translations it’s always a difficult task to get through with all the topics.

This year in Ljungskile we had big problems in the third part, not being able to finish in time. We had to continue after dinner and even on the next day. Already the language discussions took three or four evenings, at least in the German group.

One of the reasons were missing papers as a base for the discussions. “You can get them on the FIMEM site”, we were told. But we couldn’t get hold of them, because they were in the internal space and none of us in the German group had a key to get into this internal space.


Another problem were the propositions coming from the different language groups. Before we could discuss and vote on them, we had to make a synthesis of all the propositions. We should have done that prior to the third decision taking part of the General Assembly.


Our new Board of Directors (BD) has only four members: Mariel Ducharme from Canada, Sylviane Amiet from Switzerland, Antoinette Mengue from Cameroun and Lanfranco Genito from Italy.

The statutes say there should be at least five. During the last 10 years it had been very difficult to find new candidates to the BD. The tasks have become bigger and it’s more difficult for a person, who is still working, to enter the BD. As a fact some elected candidates had to drop out again only after a short period.


This could be the reason, why we have only four members on the BD at the moment. How can they manage, when the amount of work is so big? How can our federation function in such a way? I am quite worried about the actual situation!


We absolutely need new candidates for the BD, at the latest in two years when we travel to the next RIDEF in Quebec! Maybe even sooner. Not yet elected candidates could already work together with the BD and help achieving all the tasks. 

I ask the bigger movements like Germany, France and Spain to make sure they will have a valuable candidate in Quebec. But also smaller movements like Mexico, Belgium, Sweden, Bulgaria or Austria should seriously look for people to help our federation going forward in the next years.


We have to be aware, that it is our responsibility to keep the FIMEM running and working. We owe this to our new members like Uruguay and Greece and all the others which joined our movement during the last years!


Andi Honegger, Switzerland




Re: ca1

Following the discussion opened by andy ON THE Fimem site
I was not in Sweden during the last Ridef anyway I followed through the narration of some participants, the great part the Italian ones, and when I read Andy writing I completely agree with him and his notes about :
- The number of members in the BD in this moment is not sufficient (4) and I think we have to think carefully about it and try to find some solutions:

1. first of all I suggest the current BD to open the debate inside them and inside the FIMEM.
- Why Fimem countries are not interested in taking part to the BD meeting :
May be they think there are too many meetings, anyway today there are only few meeting in presence, the most of them are via skype so journey are limited and you can always be in contact
- To have members from other countries, not in a very limited number, could give to the working group the exact pace of what’s happening in other countries and let other Fimem members to know it.
- Furthermore The Ridef is a great event for meeting people coming from different countries concerned with Freinet pedagogy and the general assembly through the work of the BD is the great way and chance we have of going reflecting on the past and looking at the future .
- A proposal : to promote again the group of delegates , (the special group, made by volunteers from different countries) with letters and special messages to all the countries, trying to help and stimulate the “political mission” of the BD and its importance inside the Fimem. This group could work trough the internet and could be open to every suggestion and intervent.
- Once upon a time there was a multilettre, that in a certain way tried to collect what’s happening in the different countries and was sent to each member of the fimem.... it was a great way to have contact with each other ...
- The work of the BD must not only to be limited to bureaucratic issues, it’s the core of the Fimem and we have to support it with ideas coming from all the country members.
These are only some suggestions ... I sent them to the Fimem site, to the CA ( Sylviane and Lanfranco , our Italian representative hoping to have some answers in term of opening a debate ...
Marta Fontana – MCE (Italian movement)