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FIMEM Internal Regulation

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Internal Regulation voted in General Assembly – RIDEF Japan 1998;
§3 and §7b) modified at the RIDEF, July 2004 in Germany;
§7a), §13 and §16 modified at the RIDEF, July-August 2008 in Mexico;
§3 modified at the RIDEF, July 2010 in France;
§7 modified at the RIDEF, July 2014 in Italy;
 §1,4,5,6,9,16 modified at the RIDEF, July 2018 in Sweden
 Section 1
 The FIMEM is composed of pedagogical movements from all around the world that recognize the Charter of the “Ecole Moderne"1, Freinet Pedagogy and the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN 1989).
  In the countries where there are no  FIMEM members and where, at the moment, there are not the necessary conditions to form one, the persons, on an individual basis, may inquire to the Board of Directors (BD) as to the quality of correspondent. In this case, these people don’t have the right to vote, but may express their opinions.
 Section 2
 In principle, only one movement is recognized in each country.
  However, the FIMEM may consider, as an exception to the main rule, that it is useful to recognize several movements, in the following situations:
 when the geographical importance of the country justifies it (larger than 100 000 km²);
·   when there is a country with several official languages (in this case one movement of each particular language may be recognized);
when historically several movements have been constituted at the same time, or one by one, or one as a reaction against the other one.
 In these situations, however, the accent will always be on the need of these movements to work in a permanent way to set up forums for discussion inside the country in an attempt to reduce divergences between movements, aiming at only one movement or at one national federation of the existing movements.
  Section 3
 Each ordinary member movement has to pay a minimum subscription of 15 € for one year. For A and B category the subscription takes into account the average salary of a primary school teacher in that country, the number of members of that movement and the development level of the country.
Movements are classified in several categories:
·         Category A: Movement from a “developed” country.
·         Category B: Movement from a “developing” country.
·         Category C: Movement from an "underdeveloped" country.
·         Category D: Creation of a movement in progress (not yet a member).
Each movement’s category is attributed by the Board of Directors, taking into account the known economical information available. This classification is communicated to the movement itself and it is published each year with the subscription’s list.
The annual subscription for Category A and B is calculated by applying the following formula : M = N x S x K
        ·         M: Annual subscription
·         N: Number of members in the national movement (maximum number in the previous year)
·         S: Annual average salary of a primary teacher who has been teaching for 15 years, after deducing the taxes
·         K: Coefficient for each category
Category A: K=0.0001, Category B: K=0.00005
If the ammount is below 15 €, the movement has to pay the minimum subscription.
Countries from A Category which average salary per year is less than 50% from the maximum average salary in this Category could benefit of a Coefficient K = 0,000075.
   Section 4
  Presentation of the candidates to be a member of the Board of Directors:
When convened to the General Assembly, each movement is given a form, which is to be filled in with the names of their possible candidate(s) and sent to the Board of Directors. This document, ­properly signed by the representative authorities of the movement, must be sent back to the secretary of the FIMEM, at the latest one month before the General Assembly is held.To be able to present a candidate to the Board, the movement must have presented its activity report and be up to date with its membership fee.
 Section 5
  The qualifications needed to be a member of the Board of Directors :
 To be a candidate, one has to be a member of a pedagogical movement belonging to the FIMEM, to be committed to a job description, defined by the BD , have an effective activity with your movement, have participated in at least one international meeting. Attendance at the monthly virtual meetings, the annual meeting and the days before and after the Ridef are mandatory.
 Section 6
In case of impediment, any member of the Board may be replaced by an alternate designated by his movement. If the movement cannot find anyone, the Board will call on other members of FIMEM.
  Section 7 a)
  The reimbursement of expenses incurred by meetings of the FIMEM BD is calculated according to the following rulesFIMEM reimburses the full cost of the members of the board and requires the local group to pay a supplement called"contribution to DB's expense" upon payment of the annual fee, 10% of the annual fee.
 Section 7 b)
  Reimbursement of the financial controllers is supported by the FIMEM: ie one meeting maximum with the treasurer for monitoring the accounts between two RIDEF
Section 8
 People with experience can be invited to be consultants and advisors on occasional problems. Such persons have no voting rights in any debate. Their travelling expenses and accommodation are paid by the FIMEM.
 Section 9
  Prior to the General Assembly, the Board of Directors proposes to choose a committee within the General Assembly assigned to organize the elections and the voting, which the General Assembly has to approve. Only movements that have paid their FIMEM membership fees and have published their activity reports have the right to vote.
 Section 10
 The elections take place with an open list and with the possibility of crossing out names on the list. Voting will be done by ballot. The candidates have to be present during the election unless they have been exempted by the Board of Directors. There is no election permitted by post or proxy without special exemption decided by the Board of Directors.
 Section 11
 The rules of representation and the number of representatives having the right to vote are as follows :
 movements with 20 to 300 members: 1 vote
 movements with 301 to 600 members: 2 votes movements with 601 to 900 members: 3 votes movements with 901 to 1200 members: 4 votes movements with more than 1200 members: 5 votes
These representatives must possess a document from their movement showing that they are properly elected as a delegate. One representative may have a mandate for several votes attributed to his/her own movement.
Section 12
   Regeneration of the Board of Directors :
  The Board of Directors is renewed by one third every second year. Exceptionally, if necessary, the outgoing members will be randomly chosen. Outgoing members can be re-elected. The total length of a person's Board of Directors mandate must not be more than six years (a first mandate of four years, followed by a second mandate of two years). In case of resignation of a member of the Board of Directors during his/her mandate, other people will be co-opted by the Board of Directors to complete the period of this mandate.
Section 13
Any BD member or his/her substitute who has been absent for two consecutive sessions is considered to have resigned, except in case of absolute necessity left to the judgment of the BD. It is obligatory for the BD members to be present at the international meetings.
Section 14
 Every movement organizing an international meeting of FIMEM is obliged to reserve: 5 % of the income from the participants of the meeting for solidarity actions, in order to make possible a participation of our friends from disfavored countries, as well as to give help to teacher training initiatives or equipment acquisition;
 5 % of the income from the participants of the meeting, to finance the activities of the FIMEM.
Section 15
   The movement organizing an international meeting must present a provisional budget to the Board of Directors.
  The agreement between the Board of Directors and the organizing movement links the two parts according to the following rules:
    1) If as a result there is a profit:
 Reimbursement to the FIMEM: 60% Part of the profit to the organizing movement: 40%
       2) If as a result there is a deficit:
 Part of the deficit to be held by the FIMEM: 60% Part of the deficit to be held by the organizing movement: 40%
  If the organizing movement did not obtain the Board of Directors’ agreement on the provisional budget, the FIMEM can not be asked to take charge of any part of the losses. The rules relative to a profitable financial balance remain the same (situation 1 above).
 Section 16
  To benefit from money of solidarity it is necessary to fulfil certain conditions. An applicant has to:   work directly in a school in contact with children ; be already engaged in Freinet pedagogy ;
 work in an area where the economic conditions do not allow a participation in an international meeting ; profit from less than 25 % from subsides - if there are any - from other organizations. The (solidarity) application must be communicated to the BD through a movement, addressed to the Board no later than in December, the year before Ridef.  This help is attributed to one person and can not be transferred to any other person without the agreement of the Board of Directors.
  In order to increase the efficacy and in order to allow more people to come into contact with the international life of FIMEM, this aid should not always be attributed to the same people.
1Modern School