GRUNDTVIG WORKSHOP Cultural action in fighting illiteracy : challenges, partnerships, practices
Du lundi 12 mai 2014
Au samedi 17 mai 2014
Peuple et Culture Marseille
How are cultural action and the fight for literacy related in the various European countries ? What are the different contexts, how are cultural approaches taken into account in training programs, institutional framework and public policy ? Who are the actors and how do they cooperate? What forms of cultural activities are most adapted to enrich training programs and to support learners throughout their training ?
The workshop’s objective is to evaluate the role and the place of cultural action in the process of training of illiterate persons by confronting working environments, cultural traditions and practices implemented in the various countries of Europe.
Based on these elements and the participants' diverse and common objectifs, we suggest to focus on 2 aspects:
Synthesis documents :
Séance d'échanges et de confrontation des expériences CAPS et Initiales
09: 00 – 11: 00 am - Presenting the program and its partakers
11: 00 – 12: 30 am - What is illiteracy?
In presence of Laurence Buffet, Director of the Illiteracy Resources Centre
02: 00 – 04: 00 pm - Fighting illiteracy in Europe
Situations, surroundings and cultural customs of each state
04 :00 – 06: 00 pm - Fighting illiteracy in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region
Key data, means of action and partakers in fighting illiteracy within the area.
In presence of Guylaine Costantino, project manager of the fighting illiteracy master plan of the PACA region
06 :00 – 07: 00 pm - Welcoming reception
09: 00 – 12: 30 pm - Comparative views of the partakers experiences
Exchanging perspectives and practices on the subject of dealing with illiterate publics using cultural means of action
02: 00 – 03: 30 pm - Role played by cultural practices in the process of educating feebly schooled adults
Does including cultural development practices as part of training have positive effects on the coaching of learners aiming to regain basic skills?
In presence of Edris Abdel Sayed, writer of an educational science thesis on the issue and coordinator of Initiales association (Champagne-Ardenne)
04: 00 – 06: 00 pm - Shared experiences
Incentives and obstacles related to the use of cultural practices in the paths of illiterate learners: representations, partnerships, courses of action
In presence of:
Edris Abdel Sayed, Initiales association, cultural practices applied to writing while working with feebly schooled publics, (Champagne-Ardenne)
Clara Abrudeanu and Frédéric Perret, CAPS project / CF2M association, cultural paths of young learners being trained to first knowledge, (Alpes-Maritimes)
02: 00 – 03: 00 pm - Look back on the benefits of the previous days
03: 30 – 05: 30 pm - From one language to another: multilinguism, cultures and identities
Round-table meeting in presence of:
Velibor ÄŒoliÄ‡, French writing Bosnian author, Line Colson, director of the « Writing shop » in Montpellier and Eric Brun, specialist in language and culture didactics currently working on a language awakening project in Toulon
07: 00 – 08: 30 pm - Readers’ club meeting
In presence of Velibor ÄŒoliÄ‡ and the « Readers’ cabinet » of Peuple et Culture
9: 00 – 12: 00 am - Artistic practice workshop (words / sounds / images)
Video clips viewing / writing exercise on the sensorial representation of a place
01: 30 – 02: 30 pm - Meeting with Mot à Mot association
Stroll taking in the district so as to track adequate picture taking spots
03: 00 – 06: 00 pm - Artistic practice workshop (words / sounds / images)
Introductory course to viewpoint matters and camera-eye language
Photo taking and sound gathering in the Belle-de-Mai surroundings
07: 00 – 08: 30 pm - Exchange and debate with the FLE group
09: 00 – 11: 00 am - Artistic practice workshop (words / sounds / images)
Collective reflexion on the editing part (connecting words, sounds and images)
11: 00 – 01: 00 pm - Teams 1 and 2: Assembling an audio-visual object using the collected materials
02: 30 – 04: 30 - Teams 3 and 4: Assembling an audio-visual object using the collected materials
05: 00 – 06: 00 pm - Production viewing and reflexive commenting
09: 30 – 11: 00 am - Analysis of the workshop experience
11: 00 – 12: 00 am - Collective establishment of a standard methodology template
Incentives and obstacles of the use of cultural practices in fighting illiteracy
02: 00 – 03: 30 pm - Collective establishment of a standard methodology template (continuation)
04: 00 – 05: 30 pm - Assessment of the workshop and perspectives
What you may expect ?
- A better knowledge of the issues and the role of the cultural action in the fight for literacy on the European scale.
- Exchange of experiences between European trainers about their training practices.
- Acquisition of working patterns and tools to implement cultural actions in your training process.
- Mutual enrichment to widen the vision of training programs for literacy by discovering other methods and other contexts.
- Networking with other entities with whom other forms of collaboration may be considered at the end of the workshop.
Peuple & Culture Marseille is a cultural non-profit organization specialized on popular education (continuing education) created in 2003, in Marseilles, France. It is member of Peuple et Culture, national network, founded in 1945. Our project is focused on language and image, especially on literature and documentary film, throught our different activities (screenings, mediation, artistic workshops, adult training) for different targets.
• 12 participants from the 28 EU Member States and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, Croatia and Switzerland.
• Instructors or educators commited in the fight against illiteracy.
• Instructors or educators having experience or interest in cultural approach with people with low literacy skills
• Cultural actors involved with cultural or artistic project with people with low literacy skills
• Interest to compare their knowledge to other professionals from all over Europe
The main workshop language is French. Translation will be done in English if necessary.
Participants should have good knowledge of French or English.
Duration : The workshop lasts 6 days.
Arrival on Saturday May 11th , a day before the official start of the workshop.
Departure on Sunday May 18th , a day after the end of the workshop.
All costs are funded by Grundtvig (travel expenses, accommodation expenses, meal expenses, meeting costs, local transports).
Travel ticket will be reserved and bought by the organiser and sent to selected participant.
Accommodation : Hotel Guest House in the Center of the City, 2 participants per room (considering their personal wish, gender or special needs).
Lunch will be eaten at the workplace and dinner will be organized at restaurant.
Workshop activities will take place in several locations in Marseilles city center.
Visits to places for adult education and cultural activities will be organized.
Cultural events will be available in the evenings.
Registration and application : if you want to apply to participate in this workshop, please send the application form duly completed and signed in duplicate :
One copy by mail to :
Peuple & Culture Marseille
6-8 rue de Provence
One copy by e-mail to :
The deadline for submitting the application form is : March 10rd 2014.
Within two weeks you will receive an answer stating whether you have been selected or not to participate in the workshop.