International tributes to Samuel Paty
Tribute to Samuel Paty – Education/international mobilization for the tribute to Samuel Paty – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sport
Paris, 31 October 2020
Many States have expressed their support following the murder of teacher Samuel Paty. Several of them will be involved in the tribute to be paid in France on Monday 2 November.
At the proposal of Germany, which currently holds the European Union’s six-month presidency, a tribute will be paid at the council of European education ministers on 30 November.
In Austria, a message will be issued by the Education Minister on 2 November, and Austria’s LabelFrance schools will hold a minute’s silence.
Italy will name a school after Samuel Paty.
The Spanish and Greek education ministers will make statements on social media on Monday 2 November. Greece is also proposing that a minute’s silence be held in its schools on Monday.
In the Netherlands, there will be a minute’s silence in schools, together with discussions about freedom of expression.
Germany has suggested that, at federal level, the Länder hold a minute’s silence in their schools.
A tribute was paid at the extraordinary session of UNESCO’s Global Education Meeting on 22 October.
On 5 November, International Day against Violence and Bullying at School including Cyberbullying, France and UNESCO are organizing the first International Conference on School Bullying. On that day, among other topics, the role of social media in school bullying will be discussed. Together with his international counterparts, Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of National Education, Youth and Sport, will launch a call for ethical social media. This joint, internationally-coordinated effort is already supported by several countries./.