French-Swiss collaboration

At the end of September, a Vaud delegation visited Les Tuffes in Les Rousses (2020 Youth Olympic Games competition venue) in order to exchange with the representatives of the national education, youth and sports department of the French Jura. The discussions were focused on youth engagement and aimed at identifying the various projects that could foster a new collaboration between France and Switzerland. The Vaud delegation was composed of representatives of the Vaud Department for mandatory (DGEO) and post-mandatory (DGEP) Education.

This first session provided an opportunity to discover the different French and Swiss projects related to youth engagement and helped to determine which projects have a binational dimension. Radiobus, linguistic exchanges or twinning arrangements between schools of the Canton of Vaud and France are perfect examples of future collaboration between the two regions. And the aim is clear: to enable Swiss and French pupils to exchange before, during and perhaps even after the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games around this unifying event and the Olympic values that it promotes.

Picture, from left to right: Nicolas Michaud (responsible host venue les Tuffes), Cédric Paillard (general director Vallée de Joux Tourism), Laure Lebon (Sous-préfête of the Saint-Claude region), Pierre-Alain Mellina (DGEO Project manager for the YOG Lausanne 2020), Cécile Langeois (representative of the youth and sports department of the French Jura region), Michel Rosselet (general director of the Primary school La Sallaz, Lausanne), Yvan Rumpel (DGEO Project manager for the YOG Lausanne 2020), Eric Lolagnier (representative of the national education départment of the French Jura region), Jean-Daniel Zufferey (Chief of division, DGEP).