For a better life between ClassMates, Delegates are trained to represent students.”The goal is for them to be active delegates,” explains Catherine Legacy, the new principal education advisor at La Boétie College, who arrived in September with the training of class delegates in her binder.
“Their role is to know the students in their class, to transmit collective or individual information,” she says to support the importance of the class delegate function, established in 1969 to succeed the class leader, born in 1945. Their roles are very different.
The delegate is no longer an interface between his classmates and adults, a spokesperson, especially during the class council. “That’s what scares me the most, talking in front of the principal. I’m not used to talking in front of everyone, “admits Maxime Bourdier, of Calviac, at the height of his 11 years. Elected delegate of the 7th 7th, he followed this formation Friday among twenty of his comrades representing all the classes of a sixth of the establishment.
“This training makes it easier for them to be as efficient as possible,” says Catherine Legacy. If an outside worker came a few years ago to work with the delegates at the college, the action had fallen into oblivion since a few returns. During this day of training, students learn the content of their mission, collect information, position themselves, introduce themselves and speak in public.
A small yellow booklet is given reminding them of their duties and rights, such as “informing and representing their peers, fostering good relations between everyone, thinking about improvements in relations between students and adults and between students …” this training, the senior education advisor is supported by Sandrine Amagat, mobile security team officer attached to the college: “It is an education for citizenship, to work for the development of the student. ”
What is it that pleases Maxime in his new role? “Helping my classmates, talking to people with problems individually, taking time to help them, talking to the head teacher, the class council. It is the same flame that animates Charone Gabbay of Saint-André-Alas, also 11, delegate of 6e2. “Last year, I was already a delegate in CM2, for the sake of being responsible, but I especially liked helping my classmates. ”
And besides the tuition cases, what is important for these two new delegates? “Safety, hygiene and the canteen”, they answer by mutual agreement. And how do they see themselves as adults, politicians, in the social, the humanitarian? “I want to be an archaeologist,” says Maxime. “Physicist”, follows Charone.
Talk to classmates?
Every child, according to his age, his personal resources, his environment, lives his illness differently. This is why it is essential to talk to the child and not to systematically report his illness to other children.
Respect the choice of the child
If the child is old enough to do so (primary school), he may wish to inform his classmates. But it’s up to him alone to decide, and do not inform other children if he does not want it.
For the little ones (nursery school), according to their maturity, some are quite able to express what they want or it is one of the parents who come to explain to the other children with the child’s agreement.
“This year, in CM1, Martin agreed to talk to his classmates because the whole class was going to snow class; but to pass this course, Martin had to be walled. Last year, as a school nurse, I felt tensions between Martin and his friends. Naturally, they had trouble understanding that they were scolded as soon as they shoved Martin when the opposite was not true. This year, I did not see the tensions of last year. When a child understands, he tolerates many more things … ”
“Adam does not want to give information to the class, even if some close friends know about his hemophilia. It’s a choice we respect. It can be problematic to give children an answer to a question they do not ask: either they forget it or they use it as a means of pressure. ”
When Eudes was 5 years old, he chose: he asked permission to take to school the book on his teddy bear who was hemophiliac like him for his mistress to read in class. He is 5 years old who manages … In the yard, he says – I am a hemophiliac, you do not touch me !! ”
Talk to teachers
In order to reassure the child’s school environment and go beyond conventional wisdom, it is necessary to provide as much information as possible on this pathology: identify the first signs of bleeding, have the right attitude In the event of a haemorrhagic accident, know how to provide first aid, and learn how not to keep the child with hemophilia at a distance during sporting or extracurricular activities.
Good school integration is essential for the future development of the child, at personal, social and professional levels. This is why the AFH published  2 booklets for the different actors of the pathology: parents, children, health professionals in schools, supervisory staff, and teachers.