Background to the programme
The Rocheton International Visit Centre’s principle tasks are to welcome and greet the general public on a non-profit basis. 1 of its 4 divisions is "traveller" mediation. In 2011, the Urban Community of Melun Val de Seine (CAMVS) and the Union of New Agglomeration (SAN) in Senart asked the association to conduct an action to support schooling, give parental support and access to culture for traveller families in the 5 welcome areas located on Cucs territory (Urban Contracts for Social Cohesion).
Objectives of the programme
- To fight against lack of schooling and dropping out.
- Raise awareness and inform on the importance of regular schooling
- Facilitate links between the school and travellers
- Positively develop performance
- Tutoring: Weekly work sessions by students or retired volunteers (groups of 2 to 3 children)
- Individualised records to monitor the education of young people to encourage attendance: the monitoring sheets are filled in by Rocheton and sent to representatives of two communities (Senart / Melun), they can also serve as the basis for exchanges with schools but are not passed on to the institutions.
- Accompaniment of adolescents enrolled at CNED (National Centre for Distance Learning) with the process.
- In 2014: setting up of the "Relais CNED au collège" project at the Collège les Aulnes (Combs-la-Ville), which once a week hosts teenagers from traveller communities who continue their schooling by correspondence to help them acquire autonomy and learn lessons: half a day placement of a teacher from the departmental team to assist in the understanding of lessons in addition to the presence of Rocheton (meeting to understand lessons, homework sessions and participation of volunteer teenagers during the SEGPA practical lessons (cooking with other students)
- Coordination of actions and events by an apprentice who makes the link between the travellers and the Rocheton to explain the actions to be taken and to work with families
- Individual interviews and group meetings around schooling to inform and educate families
- Awareness video on schooling
- Open days at the reception areas and meetings between parents, school principals, teachers and parent-teacher associations
READING: reading / storytelling workshops for children and their parents in 3 areas by professionals or cultural action retirees
Quantitative and qualitative results from the implemented actions
- In 2013: 127 families benefitted. In 2014: 120 families monitored from the welcome areas of Melun Senart (which is 223 children from 3 to 16 years old)
- Greater engagement and involvement of young people and their parents (especially in the area of Senart): 12 students involved in 2015 (compared to 2 at the end of 2013)
- Positive feedback from young people about the "Relais CNED" project: encourage parents to enrol their other children
- 44 reading / storytelling workshops
- Participation in the "Relais CNED au collège" project at Les Aulnes collège: 11 students between January and June 2015 and 13 between November and December 2015
This initiative organises coordination between actors who have very different approaches. It plays the role of an interface between multiple stakeholders: parents, young people, volunteers, Department of Education, local authorities, managers of welcome areas, National Federation of Associations of Solidarity Action with Gypsies and Travellers, media libraries and reading associations.
Partnership(s) developed in the context of the programme
IUT (Institut Universitaire de Technologie) of Senart, Association Lire et Faire Lire, media libraires, (Melun, Lieusaint and Moissy-Cramayel) College Les Aulnes in Combs La Ville
Difficulties and/or obstacles encountered during the programme’s implementation :
- Effective schooling is mainly during the winter (October to March) and when access to a permanent location is possible (welcome area or other)
- More or less regular moves by families in response to family events (deaths, end of year festivities...)
- Registration requirements at CNED (administrative formalities, deadlines to be respected ...)
- The reluctance of children and their parents, sometimes after the child has a bad experience or distrust of the parents towards school
Solutions used to overcome the difficulties and/or obstacles :
- Promotion of an engagement pathway for travellers by IUT students in Senart by the Head of Department for Social Careers
- Regular interventions by Rocheton in the welcome areas: aid with understanding the information and the compilation of dossiers, either at the request of families or the reception area manager
Suggestions for future improvement :
- To promote the "CNED Relais in Collège" project
- Offer more practical experience to young people (eg renew the participation in cooking lessons at College Les Aulnes.)
- Harmonisation of schooling laws in the internal rules of the receptions areas
- Establishment of a common schooling protocol by the partners involved (proposal by Rocheton)
Summary of factors responsible for the programme’s success :
- Relations with the Rocheton: families are familiar with the association. They easily develop a relationship and seek their help more easily.
- The fact that 75% of families regularly return to these reception areas facilitates the monitoring of the young people and families.
- Personalised monitoring of each child through individual records allows the changes over the years to be noted and is a source of relevant information for all actors involved in the education of these children
- The residence renewal criteria for the reception areas (attendance of a school or enrolment in CNED)
To know more
See the video on raising awareness of education: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xxn3dv_l-ecole-un-autre-voyage_news