“The idea of allowing kids to be kids is at the heart of what we do. Our project is about restoring innocence and providing a relief from the terrible conditions in the camp. It is an oasis in a very dry desert… It is about relieving parents, and taking away the stress of their children not receiving an education.
The concept of laïcité is an ideological pillar of the French école de la République (“school of the Republic”), founded by Jules Ferry. It involves a strict separation between religion (confined to the private sphere) and the public sphere. By implying that school is not the preferable forum for discussing the comparative value or inherent relevance of various religions, laïcité willingly ignores the importance of religious belief in individual identity.