Background to the programme
L’Amicale Jeunesse Montmoreau (Friendliness of Young People in Montmoreau (AJM)) is an association created in 1935. It brings together more than 20 sections, including the South Charente digital space which was created in 2008. This section was launched to fight against the digital divide and enable young people and adults in South Charente to not to be isolated and benefit from digital services.
The "Open up to Succeed" project was born in June 2013 at the College of Montmoreau after the assessment of the teaching staff and head teacher that pupils who aren't engaged with school and specifically the students of 4th and 3rd years should be supported in order to give meaning to their learning both in and outside class.
Objectives of the programme
- Allow students to open themselves up to others
- Help them find their path forward
- Help them give meaning to learning
- Develop their mobility in this isolated, rural area
In 2013/2014, the project was set up in the middle school in Montmoreau, with a group of five students and then was extended to three other schools in 2014/2015.
Implementation of several initiatives throughout the school year for students in the 4th and 3rd years who were disengaged from school:
- Individual interviews that make young people reflect on the strategy that makes them perform
- Group Workshops: reports on the visits, discovery of digital tools (mental maps, Prezi ...), stress management, memory ...
- Discovery of businesses, schools, public services, mobility actors in South Charente and cultural venues. These visits are organised by young people. They are an opportunity for young people to realise that the behavioural codes learnt in school correspond to society's behavioural codes as a whole.
- Interviews carried out by youngsters with actors of mobility in South Charente, cultural actors ... The videos are then posted on various websites so that they can be useful to others. Young people are thus valued for what they do.
- Training of teaching and educational staff and associations in organisational techniques for the interviews which will allow the management and tracking of disengagement in school. It's an interview technique which allows the student to bring out all the strategies for success that they have in order to pull themselves out of a failing situation. It makes them speak about this failure or their impression of failure so that they think about how they can succeeded.
Quantitative and qualitative results from the implemented actions
- The students have developed digital skills and were able to showcase their various visits.
- Each student produced an average of 10 items
- In 2014/2015, out of the 27 students, 16 had no or not much of an idea about what to do after the third year. At the end of the project, they all chose a more or less attainable pathway at that moment in the year.
- Out of all 3 middle schools, the students had 39 appointments with guidance counsellors.
- 6 teachers trained from the 3 middle schools
- 100% success rate in the exams
- 100% continued on their pathway
- Very positive feedback from the teams on classroom behaviour, rates of absenteeism, greater confidence among students
This project is original as it does not address the problem of disengagement from school from only one angle. It concerns the school through the explanatory interviews and cultural through the outings. It appeals to youth citizenship, helps them in their educational and career path and values them at every stage. Digital services are used to make them responsible and highlight young people.
The entire project was conceived so that it could be spread quite easily.
Partnership(s) developed in the context of the programme
- Educational institutions
- Information Association Centre South Charente (AAISC)
Difficulties and/or obstacles encountered during the programme’s implementation :
- Teaching staff had difficulties understanding the entire project at the beginning
- Some teachers are not yet enough involved
- The logistics are quite expensive as you have to rent buses for the trips
Solutions used to overcome the difficulties and/or obstacles :
- Use of local transportation: borrow vehicles from social centres
- Participation in class and educational meetings to explain the project
- Organisation of shows for the work where teachers are invited
- A teacher who's a reference point for the project for each establishment.
- A head teacher in charge of communication with staff.
Suggestions for future improvement :
- Encourage expansion by teachers trained in this interview technique
- Encourage greater involvement of teachers
- Expand the project to other territories
Summary of factors responsible for the programme’s success :
- Good synergy between project teams and working in a network
- Involvement of Department of Education: contracting and support from CARDIE
- Nicolas Vauzelle, the project leader, is a teacher and was therefore able to get into the schools more easily and be listened to. This brings some legitimacy to the project as a whole.
To know more
- Prezi explaining the project: https://prezi.com/wk3mpjkntcqb/projet-souvrir-pour-reussir/
- Site dedicated to the project: http://www.jeunes.ep3m.fr/e-motivation-scolaire-2/
- Article on the CARDIE website: http://ww2.ac-poitiers.fr/meip/spip.php ar