POLYTECHNIC AT PRIMARY SCHOOL
(FINALIST 2018) Engaging students: primary school students receive vocational training and participate in projects that involve non-traditional classroom skills and topics.
The major challenge in teaching is to combine theoretical learning with hands-on experience, as well as stimulating all forms of intelligence in pupils. The EFP (enseignement et formation professionnels) is a centre providing vocational training for teenagers from the age of 15, or adults from the age of 18. The instructors are experts in their field, and provide training across a broad range of jobs from carpentry to electronics, and informatics to construction. Through this project, elementary school pupils (10 to 11 years old) are able to visit EFP as part of well-defined projects, ranging from the construction of a library, to a project which aims to sell goods in order to raise funds for a school trip, to the installation of a vegetable garden. This initiative provides enrichment beyond pedagogy, by encouraging exchanged between actors from various backgrounds. Pupils who are considered to be less “talented” in theoretical subjects may show themselves to be competent in technical handling. Furthermore, the manual aspects of this initiative reinforces and helps to illustrate what is learnt in theoretical subjects.