04 December 2020

The week of the French schools of the world – Edition 2020

“Citizens, equals and united: French education to meet the challenges of tomorrow”: Humanist values at the heart of the 2020 edition of the Week of French schools around the world

Celebrated in more than 130 countries and bringing together nearly 370,000 students, this major event enables participating schools to highlight the humanist values transmitted to students through teaching, school life and multiple educational actions.

At the Lycée Claudel, this 4th edition, which took place from November 30 to December 4, was rich in events:


Interview / debate with Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne

To inaugurate this 4th edition of the Week of the French Schools of the World, our students had the privilege of meeting with Mr. Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Secretary of State for Tourism, Francophonie and French Abroad. During a 45-minute exchange, they were able to express themselves and put their questions to Mr. Lemoyne. A human relationship, spontaneous exchanges and a unique opportunity for our students who were visibly delighted with this exchange.

Orientation Week

Orientation week is one of the highlights of the year and allows high school students to define or clarify their future plans.

Aimed at students in Seconde, the main objective of this week is to familiarize students with the map of specialties and to open discussion on their orientation project.

Two phases have been proposed to them:

  • Independence: a trades kiosk (with magazines, books, etc.) and computers dedicated to the discovery of trades were made available to them.
  • In workshops, at the CDI: the students are divided into small groups and participate in workshops.
    • ” speed dating ” at the orientation : the students engage in a work of introspection (what they like, their project or their indecision, the trade which intrigues them,…) ;
    • Discovery of the map of specialties offered at the Lycée Claudel and use of the Horizon 21 platform;
    • Discovery of the discussion forums on Agora and creation of an account.

Webinar on the theme “Press cartoon and freedom of expression” led by cartoonist Kak

Freedom of expression is a fundamental principle enshrined in Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.


As part of the week of French schools around the world, the AEFE North America zone team organized a webinar on the theme: freedom of expression, humor and press cartooning, hosted by KAK, press cartoonist and president of the Cartooning for Peace association.

  • Freedom of expression and access to knowledge
  • Freedom of expression and “sensitivities”.

This presentation, intended for classes from CM1 to 3ème, brought together virtually more than 800 students from Canada and the United States.


Media literacy

To prepare students for a complex and ever-changing media world. Along with environmental protection, media and information literacy (MIL) is one of the major challenges of the coming years.

Web radio Project

As a complete media tool for learning, radio combines work on the different modes of expression that are oral and written with that of online creation, production and broadcasting techniques.

This year, the Lycée Claudel is offering secondary school students the opportunity to participate in a Webradio, with the following objectives:

  • Permettre aux élèves d’appréhender le fonctionnement et le rôle des médias ;
  • Développer l’autonomie et l’initiative des élèves ;
  • Mettre les élèves en situation de production pour favoriser la réussite de chacun ;
  • Développer une dynamique d’échange et de collaboration au sein de la communauté éducative.
Thanks to the involvement of teachers and our teacher documentalist, a webradio workshop was set up at the Documentation and Information Center (CDI), Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm (students from 5th to 12th grade) and Thursdays from 11:30 to 1:30 pm (students from 6th grade).
The project is very popular with secondary school students, especially the 6th grade students who constitute a dynamic and motivated group. Very quickly, the students became autonomous in the choice of subjects, the realization and the preparation of the diffusion on the site of the establishment.


E3D / eco-delegates

Environmental protection and the fight against climate change are among the major challenges of the coming years. At the Lycée Claudel, students are involved in the discussions in this area through eco-delegates. The eco-delegates are students, from the Petite Section Maternelle to Terminale, elected by their classmates to represent them. They are, in a way, their ambassadors to the services. They are the driving force behind proposals and carry out projects with the various managers and authorities within the school as well as with external partners.

As part of the current project to renovate the Primary and Secondary school playgrounds, the eco-delegates have been asked to think about the development of the school’s outdoor spaces. Here, Primary students are collecting the ideas of their classmates after a class reflection on the theme: What would be my ideal playground?

Many other projects will see the light of day this year, including

  • Reach level 1 of the E3D label;
  • Obtain the Eco-Schools label.



Carpooling project 

The Digital Sciences and Technology (DST) course at the service of the environment.

As part of the SNT program, the Seconde students at Lycée Claudel are taking part in an ambitious project: to identify whether students of the same level live close to each other in order to facilitate the implementation of carpooling. This is a concrete application of the use of geographical information.

This project was also an opportunity to meet professionals in geomatics, a field that is not well known to say the least, and to present to the students the profession of cartographer as well as concrete examples of the use of geographic data.


Mutual aid / Solidarity

Mutual aid and solidarity are values that are honored at the Lycée Claudel… and our students have no shortage of them!

  • Collected for the Ottawa Food Bank,
  • collecting books and textbooks for the benefit of underprivileged schools,
  • toy collections,
  • Fundraising for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO),
  • fundraising to finance a neonatal incubator .


Year after year, our students show remarkable initiative and we are particularly proud of their commitment!