Back to school is traditionally an opportunity to take stock of projects and developments in the field of education in the broad sense. In contrast to my colleagues who rightly denounce the excesses of the beginning of five years Macron, I will try to focus on a few positive points.
The first positive announcement is that of the opening in early 2018, Neizhig crib that will fill the lack of welcome of young children in Breton language. With 16 children welcomed, it will be the most important community nursery in Brittany of this network which will develop in the years to come. Rennes will thus be equipped with a complete range of facilities in Breton, from nursery to university.
In the Rennes schools, another good news is also the dynamism of the bilingual Breton-French sector of the Champion de Cicé school with the opening of a second class. The social demand is strong in Ille et Vilaine. It is reflected this year with the opening of three new bilingual sites at La Bouexière, La Guerche de Bretagne and Val d’Anast.
In Brittany, the numbers have doubled in 10 years. As in Rennes, it is the proof of the Breton’s attachment to their language, vector of identity. Faced with this craze, we can imagine the development of new structures and schools.
However, this good news should not make us forget the national anti-social context in which this return is taking place and the difficulties that many sectors, and particularly the associations, face, with the authoritarian and hasty suppression of the PPAs. My colleagues have spoken about this and I agree with them in their denunciation of the government’s action in this area.
The network of associative, free, lay schools in immersion DIWAN has paid the price, like the others, showing the extreme fragility of its status. However, thanks to citizen mobilization, the government backed down and renewed the contracts for the school year. The Bretons have shown that they are attached to certain values and ready to fight against measures that jeopardize certain solidarities.
With its support, the mission of general interest of the Diwan network, pillar of the effort of rescue and re-appropriation of the Breton language is recognized.
For the UDB, this public service mission must be recognized through a regional public statute that will guarantee the network financial resources commensurate with its attractiveness and dynamism. It would also make it possible to rethink more generally a public system of teaching by allowing more independence and a participation of the citizens, actors of their territories and their problems.