Project Description

Children in the
COVID period

The Covid crisis has been dragging on for almost a year and not a day goes by without one or another category of the population being sociologically scrutinised: isolation of the elderly, suffering of the health care professionals, despair of the students, the list of categorical sufferings keeps getting longer and longer.

If the distress of parents is regularly pointed out in the media, what about the physical and psychological health of children in the medium and long term? It is too early to say, but there are legitimate fears of a lasting and marked deterioration in these parameters.

The suffering of the youngest children is not always palpable. The great resilience of which we know the children are capable is certainly a favourable element. Those who have returned to school after several weeks of strict confinement, have quickly returned to a social life, regained contact with their classmates and teachers. This is incomparable, but it is not the same as life before, because the sanitary constraints are there. Some are deprived of their leisure time, their favourite sport, music, outings, visits… So, outside the school environment and the restricted family circle, how can we contribute to their socialisation and development?

The Early Childhood Centres (CPE) within the institutions are loyal to their position, with dedicated educators at the forefront who have been taking care of the children since last spring, in an environment that is less academic than at school but just as fulfilling. In their daily lives, children benefit from a relative normality, encouraged by play, creativity, physical exercise, fulfilment, interaction with others… The activities on offer, often disconnected from academic requirements and far from the screen, offer a space of freedom, and a complementary anchor point to that of the school.

In a different way, in a so-called non-formal educational framework, under the supervision of their educator, they develop skills while having fun: interpersonal skills, socialisation, openness to the world (environment, cultures, knowledge of others), in short, these famous “soft skills” which are so useful in adult life but which are not self-evident…

We are far from the so called “garderies“, this pejorative and so simplistic term. So, yes, the time spent at the CPE offers an additional space of freedom and learning for the children, salutary in these gloomy times. The educational work carried out outside the academic environment deserves recognition in this respect.

Catherine Calambe

Catherine Calambe has been working in the institutions since 2003. After a first part of her professional career spent in the audit and finances area, she has been in charge since 2018 of an atypical unit in Luxembourg, the “Centre Polyvalent de l’Enfance” in Kirchberg, which takes in nearly 1000 children aged 3 to 14 years old, during after-school hours. Catherine manages an educational and administrative team of about a hundred people, a job which is exciting and sometimes trying, a fortiori with Covid-19.

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