FR22 RSC The importance of canals in Dunkerque - Halle aux sucres30 avr. 2022
In the afternoon the pupils went to centre called Halle aux sucres, the former warehouse for trading sugar, now cultural centre. A walking tour was organized by two guides from the Halle aux Sucres, along the outlet canal until it reaches the sea at Malo-les-Bains. At each stage, informations were provided by the two guides. The target was to explain the watering system to the pupils, in particular by emphasizing the risks associated with water management in Flanders.
First they learned main information about the history, some geographical facts and then the pupils learned about how a mechanical system clean the water of canals from all the rubbish to let It flow. Pupils learned how this area which is situated under the sea level was reclaimed by drainage of the soil with canals that collected water. They were four canals connected and together they made water from land to reach the sea. The pupils were able to understand the particularity of the territory (polder) and the fundamental importance of managing the evacuation of water (in particular by recalling the risk of flooding and marine submersion). At the end, a reflection was carried out on the energies of the future in the Dunkirk territory.
The students were able to grasp a theme that was unknown to them but which is crucial for them. They realized that they were living in a territory at risk and that its management was fundamental.