“I won’t go back to school, because at school they teach me things I don’t know.“ Marguerite Duras

Naturally, a child must grow in factual knowledge, though the essential aspect of a pedagogical activity is not this directly visible result. The essential is the progress made in the child’s understandings of what he has appropriated and what he can reinvest. This course enables him to recognise his own rhythm which he understands. Lessons must be based on this beat and not fixed rigidly, but be divided into 10 or 15 minute sequences, to tie in with the maximum attention span. This demands new pedagogical methods where the work is completed by the student in the library or information centre and the lessons, for the teacher, are about deepening ideas, responding to questions. The pupil builds his own factual knowledge; he is responsible for his acquisitions. Questioning must outdo pre-digested knowledge. A teacher works with 7 or 8 children, making the traditional classes of 25 to 30 children obsolete. Time and space therefore need to be departmentalised. There is a time for working, a time for looking, for experimenting, and a time for discussing, for challenging the results, for verifying what has been acquired.

“It is better to have a well-made rather than a well-filled head.“ Montaigne

The new information and communication technologies which children are already familiar with from a young age must be borne in mind. However, they also need supplementary qualities like leading a discussion, speaking in public. Also, artistic culture must play an essential role in education: theatre, art, music, all combine in the forming of a personality. Finally, sport needs to be practised. With this regard, the region offers many important possibilities: sailing schools, diving, team sports, climbing, horse riding, skiing. A large palette of physical activities is available in the area.

CAMI’s objective is to form the elite of tomorrow, placing them from a young age in a confident and convivial atmosphere. It’s a place of encounters, of exchange for children coming from all different horizons who have their membership of the Mediterranean region to unify them. With different languages, different religions, a variety of cultures, it is necessary for them to find here a crucible where they will be enriched through their differences, where they will learn to respect others and themselves.

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