The Child-Friendly City of Saint-Flour (Cantal): Five Commitments, Many Actions

Soon, there may be “Child Friendly City” signs at the entrances to Saint-Flour. But more than just a show, this label will be realized through a series of actions. “UNICEF, in the voice of its Head of Department, Georges Villa, who asked us at the start of our term identified Bonnie Delpin, Deputy Mayor in charge of Health and Citizenship. I joined immediately, because the subject is close to my heart. So we set up a working group, with the National Education Inspectorate, and CAF , various departments of the department responsible for children, CIDFF, CCAS, Social Center, OMJS … to develop an action plan. »
The plan has been praised by UNICEF, “It’s rare that we receive something in this detail,” says Georges Villa. Because if the label obligates the person who receives it to fulfill five obligations, “we have decided to set several actions in front of each of these goals,” Bonnie Delepine identifies.

Some have already been implemented, others are to come, and there are still some to imagine. Because for the duration of the term, which is the term of this designation, we will be implementing a policy for the benefit of Sanflora children.

The well-being of every child

It is this commitment, made by the municipality from the perspective of nutrition as a factor of development, that led to the first measure. With the establishment of the canteen since the beginning of the last academic year at a price of 1 euro for the most modest families. Today, 110 children from all three school groups benefit.
A second will follow at the beginning of the next academic year. The municipality will serve a free breakfast to all children in the nursery before 7:30 in the morning. “The idea is not to replace parents, and it will not be mandatory, CCAS Director Patrice Sollier defines. but who

Allow early children to have bedtime. They will start their day well, calmly, with a full breakfast, with dairy products, fruits and cereals.

And funded equitably, this measure should concern thirty young men.

The struggle against exclusion and discrimination and for equity

To achieve this goal, the city intends to go through associations. By having all those receiving benefits sign, from one euro, a charter written with UNICEF and in line with its values. “It may seem a bit silly, a bit philosophical, but our goal on the contrary is to be very concrete, as Patrice Sollier sets out. By supporting free training charters offered to volunteers, organized in-house or with our partners, CIDFF for example for gender equality.”

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High quality educational trip

This is the historical task of the social center, which is already working in all directions in this field, but will develop certain tasks or topics. “For example, with a good reception for children on Wednesday morning, with a move to four days a week at the beginning of the next school year,” Cedric Charday, his principal, defines. But also “by focusing on fatherhood, as we did recently at a conference and discussions. By being particularly vigilant about the difficulties single-parent families might encounter. By also going to pick up families who don’t come to the center, thanks to the truck that crisscrosses the neighborhoods.”

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Share in every child’s commitment

At the beginning of the next academic year, a UNICEF questionnaire will be distributed to each student to determine their needs. Bonnie Delepine specifies “This is a national survey, but we will have access to the results of the Sanflorains, in order to implement policies that align with the desires of young people.”

Partnership with UNICEF

Elected officials, city social workers and UNICEF members are moving forward together.

To support this, the municipality has fitted the new Sanfloraine branch with an office in the CCAS premises. Frédéric Bossis is satisfied with this “This will allow us to have a vision. And thus work to make this label come alive, but also to spread our values, our battles, our recruitment, while at the moment we are only six.”

Yan Paesat

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