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About the Minister

Pap Ndiaye graduated from the University of Virginia (M.A.). He is a specialist in American social history and minorities. He was a lecturer at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) before being appointed professor at Sciences Po Paris in 2013. He has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University and Northwestern University. 

From March 2021 to May 2022, Pap Ndiaye was Director General of the Etablissement public du Palais de la Porte Dorée.

His publications include La Démocratie en Amérique au XXe siècle (with Jean Heffer and François Weil), Belin, 2000; Nylon and Bombs: Du Pont and the March of Modern America, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007; La Condition noire: essai sur une minorité française, Calmann-Lévy, 2008 and Folio Gallimard 2009; Les Noirs américains : en marche pour l'égalité, Gallimard, 2009; Histoire de Chicago (with Andrew Diamond), Fayard, 2013; Le Modèle noir: de Géricault à Matisse, la chronologie, Musée d'Orsay/Flammarion, 2019; Les Noirs américains de l'esclavage à Black Lives Matter, Paris, Tallandier, 2021.

Pap Ndiaye is a chevalier de la Légion d’honneur et de l’Ordre national du mérite.

Pap Ndiaye was appointed Minister of National Education and Youth by the President of the Republic, on the proposal of the Prime Minister, on Friday 20 May 2022.

Portrait de Pap Ndiaye

News headlines

The highlights of the 2022-2023 school year are: 

  • Educate and advance
  • Fight against inequalities 
  • Helping children to grow and develop
  • Recognising and upgrading the status of national education staff
  • Engaging in contemporary challenges

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The french education system

The French school system was founded on general principles that were inspired by the 1789 revolution, and have taken shape with a set of law texts from the 19th century to the present day.

Primary schoolLower secondary school : le collègeUpper secondary school : le lycée