“On your marks, get set, debate! This Thursday noon, two students from each team advance to the center of the large multipurpose room of the Lucie Aubrac college in Champigny. No cheat sheet in his hands, just his fighting spirit to participate in this “Debate”, a debate initiated at noon, in two colleges in the city, by the specialist educator of the Point Écoute, Salem Zaïdi.
“The adults are more mature, we need them”, dashes Djilali, the first student of 3rd. Like his volunteer friends, he had 15 days to think about the theme of the day: “Of course at our age we make decisions, no need for adults for that”. “My mother wants me to go to general second and I don’t,” Coumba argues. But it’s me who will get up every day at 6 am, I need to choose a job that I like ”. Applause in the room. The student has gained confidence in a few sessions and receives congratulations at the end of the debate. She will undoubtedly be one of the students who will participate on May 10 in a new version of the Debatles. “The pupils of Lucie Aubrac, where I have been organizing this for 4 years and Elsa Triolet, where we started two years ago, will compete in a hall of the National Assembly, rejoices Salem Zaïdi. We will be welcomed by the deputy of the constituency, Gilles Carrez (LR), in what remains the symbol of the debates in our country. “” What will the theme be sir? Ask the volunteers, a little anxious.
Salem Zaïdi, specialist educator, moderates the debate and notes the best arguments. (LP / Laure Parny)
For months, Salem Zaïdi and the leaders of the Champigny Prévention association have been offering them questions that directly affect them. “They worked on” Does France feed her children well “,” Can we welcome all migrants “or” He earns in one day what the other earns in a month “, recalled the assistant of education and the history teacher who have become regular participants of the Debates. “For the Assembly the theme will be more political and we never forbid ourselves anything. They can talk about religion, attacks, cannabis, here we listen to them, ”insists the educator.
After thirty minutes of fairly intensive discussions, the teens see their attitude, their arguments, commented on. Their successful interventions are worth a point. Chattering takes one away. “They learn to work on a subject,” observe the participating adults. But also to think for themselves, to hold a position, to express themselves ”. Maybe not so obvious under the gold of the Republic!