Episode 1. Marie-Pierre

…I had to try to keep this training issue which is central for the children, which is to keep the link together, because in kindergarten we learn to live together, we learn to share, we learn to play, we learn to cooperate, to participate in common projects, and there I was really wondering how I could do that with children who were all alone at home.

Firstname
Marie-Pierre
Lastname
Moine
Occupation
School teacher in the rural school of Moulis
Town
Balaguères
Living in Ariege since
2008

This conversation was recorded in Rural school of Moulis on 7 December 2020 at 16h30.

This conversation is in freach.

Excerpts from the conversation

As soon as the confinement was announced, I must have had this mission to manage what is called the home classroom as a teacher. Well, it was already not obvious that the home class for little ones is not like the home class for older children who have homework, or it’s school, ] I had to try to keep this training issue that is central for the children, which is to keep the link together, because in kindergarten we learn to live together, we learn to share, we learn to play, we learn to cooperate, to participate in common projects, and there I was really wondering how I could do that with children who were alone at home”.

[the children at school] are less sick since we wash our hands.

There was also the suspension of the markets, especially the one in Engomer, and this had the consequence that local producers could no longer sell their goods otherwise, so the grocery store had to play this role of distributing certain products in addition to those that we usually sell.

Well all that it was necessary that we exchanged a lot between us, we are a team, we had a lot of questioning, we had ideas, proposals, we had to talk about our experience because it was intense even difficult sometimes and it was flowing in all directions, our mailbox even cracked.

And I think that the system, our associative system, at that time, demonstrated that the power of resilience… it really demonstrated this power of resilience, because we could have said to ourselves, “We’re closing down, it’s too difficult”. We tried to maintain almost the same hours, and we were open longer than some other businesses, but we took it upon ourselves and it is because we were an association that we had this power of resilience, I think, and we were able to prove that we were of public utility in our territory.

Every day we were thanked for being there.

This is a digression from my job as an educator.

On the digital tool: It was the only possible tool, if we hadn’t had this possible tool during the confinement we wouldn’t have had any lein with the children, so it was very important.