The City of Nice will give a book on the Resistance to all CM2 students

The City of Nice will give a book on the Resistance to all CM2 students
The City of Nice will give a book on the Resistance to all CM2 students

To better understand the history of Nice during the Second World War and to maintain the duty of memory, this is the objective of the City of Nice which will give, from this Tuesday, to all Nice CM2 schoolchildren, a book called Nice in the turmoil. A distribution which will take place gradually and which starts, symbolically, on June 18 (1).

“A global educational project”

The first to receive the book this Monday were the schoolchildren in Marianne Carrière’s class at Bischoffsheim elementary school. A class that was not chosen at random since its students worked on the subject throughout the year.

“This is a global educational project, indicates Jean-Marc Giaume, deputy mayor delegated to the Celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Liberation of Nice. It was carried out in several stages with a visit to the resistance museum, a conference that I held for schoolchildren, an official ceremony for the delivery of books and finally, on August 28, where we invite all those who wish to join in the commemorations.”

The books were handed out this Monday after a ceremony where the toddlers sang La Marseillaise and Le Chant des partisans, learned in a few days. And paid tribute to the resistance fighters who died for France.

“We are taking advantage of this moment to honor the school plaque on which appear the names of young resistance fighters killed during the war, underlines the chosen one. We see in particular the name of Victor Bocchiardo, a child from the neighborhood who was shot.”

Originality prize at the Resistance competition

With the book in their hands, the schoolchildren confirmed their interest in this period which they studied studiously.

They also won the originality prize during the Resistance and Deportation competition.

“It was the first time that the competition was open to CM2 students, says Marianne Carrière, the teacher. We had little time and immersed ourselves in the resistance for a whole week.”

At the end, the students imagined a board game which allowed them to win this prize.

“The divide that we are currently experiencing in France can only be bridged by the civic commitment of all”insists Pierre Fiori, municipal councilor responsible for Citizenship at school.

1. In reference to the call of June 18, 1940 made by General de Gaulle, on the BBC in London, to ask the French to unite to liberate France.



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