City of Nantes continues its commitment towards students

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The living conditions, already difficult for students, have worsened further with the health and economic crisis due to Covid19. Precariousness, isolation, dropping out … young French people do not benefit from a framework conducive to learning and young people from Nantes are not spared. Committed to their side, the City collaborates regularly with student association representatives and the University. “The situation is complicated, sometimes even dramatic …”, declared Johanna Rolland, Mayor of Nantes. In a letter, she appealed to Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, in order to find concrete and adapted answers, at the local and national level.

Concrete measures for students

Food aid, the fight against dropping out and the digital divide… to support students, the community and its partners have deployed a series of measures in recent weeks. Thus, € 100,000 was paid to the University of Nantes by Nantes Métropole in order to equip the rooms with digital equipment to facilitate the videoconference courses. At the same time, the City of Nantes has paid € 150,000 to the University’s “Digital Pass” in order to equip students with equipment and connections. Finally, a subsidy of € 40,000 was also awarded to Crous for the opening of a social worker position. This professional will be able to support and guide students in their efforts. Students will also be able to access a second food distribution center, this time managed by the Restos du Coeur. This will be operational on February 15 at 3 rue du Bénélux in Nantes (Bus lines 80 and 87, Benelux stop).

“Today, in Nantes as elsewhere, we must listen to students, take stock of the dropout situations, discomfort, isolation and financial problems they encounter, and collectively find solutions” , stated Johanna Rolland, mayor of Nantes.

Reduce transport costs

City of Nantes, in collaboration with Semitan, is also adjusting the pricing of public transport to the situation of students. They can request, before March 15, the termination or change of their unlimited subscription to the “Made to measure” formula in order to only have to pay for the trips made.

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