The Jean-Monnet high schools of France met in Yvelines


Marie Vermeersch

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May 29, 2024 at 3:16 p.m.

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It’s an idea that sprouted in the head of Jean Monnet’s grandson. Jean-Marc Lieberherr, president of the Jean Monnet Institute, had the idea of ​​contacting all the Jean-Monnet high schools, or around thirty establishments in France. The goal : create a network so that the name of one of the founding fathers of Europe evokes something to the students and that they become interested in the European institutions.

Jean-Monnet was the name most given to high schools in France in the 20th century. Especially at the end of the 80s, beginning of the 90s. François Mitterrand had then launched vocational high schools and Jean Monnet had just entered the Pantheon.

Jean-Marc Lieberherr, grandson of Jean Monnet, president of the Jean Monnet Institute

“The life of Jean Monnet, who was not a bureaucrat, speaks to them”

Professional and agricultural high schools are often located in rural areas, therefore further away from the idea of ​​Europe. The objective is to change this state of affairs by involving them in projects. Going through the personality Jean Monnet helps, because his life speaks to young people. This man who made his mark on History did not obtain his baccalaureate. From a very young age, he traveled everywhere, to England, the United States, etc. He was not a bureaucrat who launched a European vision from the highest levels of the State.

Jean-Marc Lieberherr, grandson of Jean Monnet, president of the Jean Monnet Institute

Thursday May 23, 2024, it was in a symbolic place, the Jean Monnet house museum, that delegations from 3 Jean-Monnet high schools met, including the stage location, the Queue-lez-Yvelines high school. But there was also the agricultural high school of Vic-en-Bigorre (Hautes-Pyrénées) and the professional high school of La Fère (Aisne).

For two years, all students have been working, in the framework of their school curriculum around the life, work and vision for Europe of Jean Monnet.

High school students in professional hospitality professions in La Queue-lez-Yvelines spent the day carrying out public visits to the house museum, trained in particular thanks to the site team. Supervised by their teachers, they had also prepared a game to test the visitors’ knowledge of Jean Monnet and Europe.

For their part, the students of the Vic-en-Bigorre agricultural high school arrived with a quiz in their suitcases.

Educational and fun tools created by students

The idea is that all of these educational and fun toolscreated by young people themselves, are shared and can be reused in all Jean-Monnet high schools of the network.

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One of the objectives of the project is the creation, by the high school students themselves, of educational and fun tools to deepen their knowledge of Jean Monnet and Europe. Tools which will then be made available to all Jean Monnet high schools. ©DR

The Jean Monnet Institute supports them through an exhibition that high schools can obtain. A brand new comic book on this founding father of Europe was also offered to high school students who had the chance to see a preview of the documentary Jean Monnet, the adventurer of Europewhich will be broadcast on June 2, at 9 p.m., on France 5.

For Franck Bocher, the head of the Vic-en-Bigorre agricultural high school, this project has only positives and it is important. ” It allows to bring students closer to Europe who have one vague and distant notion whereas in the agricultural world, it is fundamental. In the Hautes-Pyrénées alone, we benefit from 60 million euros in European subsidies within the framework of the common agricultural policy, which does not prevent strong criticism of the European Commission. »

To conclude this project, the high school students and their teachers went to the Pantheon to lay flowers on the tomb of Jean Monnet. ©DR

In my opinion, before passing judgment, you must have knowledge. Hence the importance of this great project which takes on its full meaning in this year of European elections.

Franck Bocher, head of the Vic-en-Bigorre agricultural high school

A project that all stakeholders wish to see continue with the organization of one event per year.

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