Early school leaving is a real problem. We spent two days experimenting and exchanging on how education can better tackle this problem. From the 10th to the 11th of March 2018 young people and adults debates on how to learn together and the pleasure of intergenerational learning. What is CATS France?
Early school leaving is a real problem. We spent two days experimenting and exchanging on how education can better tackle this problem.
From the 10th to the 11th of March 2018 young people and adults debates on how to learn together and the pleasure of intergenerational learning.
What is CATS France?
CATS France gathered more than 70 people during two days in order to debate, experiment and exchange on educational pathways. The pleasure of learning is a prerequisite to academic success, and that’s what the participants said during the different workshops and reflection sessions.
The uniqueness of this event was to bring together and listen to the different perspectives of people from different backgrounds, including some people coming from disadvantaged areas and others from the New School “La Source”. This innovative experience allowed each and every one to open up, to understand that no matter their social background, early school leaving affects students from all social backgrounds. These two days enabled the participants to get to know each other better and to create potential partnerships.
What happened during these 2 days?
The Community Groups allowed the participants to think about the why young people drop out of school or become disaffected. . The outcome was that for each level change (from pre-school to primary, from primary to junior high, from junior high to high school), students weren’t prepared enough on what to expect which is harmful. External causes were also pentoned, such as outside relationships, pressure from parents or, on the contrary , a lack of involvement… Possible solutions were , that if applied by the students circle, teaching staff, family, friends, they could prevent situations of failure.
The cooperative games and the disco-soup, realised with the support of Queue de Cerises, involved children-adults solidarity in a positive and friendly atmosphere.
The Human Library was a revelation for numerous participants, especially the younger ones who were moved by the experiences shared. The true value of these exchanges was to see different points of views. Those of the teenagers, sometimes struggling with school, and those of the adults, often parents themselves. It helped everyone understand what drives the other to act the way they do, and what the other was feeling.
A report on the different proposals from the discussions between the participants will be made to Mrs Geneviève Avenard, Human Rights Defender in charge of Children’s Rights in France, in a meeting planned for mid-April.
This event was made possible by the contribution of the French Association Janusz Korczak (AFJK), the Confédération Syndicale des Familles (CSF), Initiatives of Change France and the New School “La Source”.