Cross-training and participatory training on "schooling and the test of extreme poverty".




For the most vulnerable and marginalised populations in Lyon and its metropolitan area

The association C.L.A.S.S.E.S (Collectif Lyonnais pour l'Accès à la Scolarisation et le Soutien aux Enfants des Squats) was founded in 2006 in Lyon, in conjunction with the Ligue des Droits de l'Homme, which still supports it. Each year, it works with approximately 400 foreign families living in precarious housing (shantytowns, squats, tents, cars) throughout the Lyon metropolitan area. 

C.L.A.S.S.E.S works in close partnership with other associations in the field, in particular with Alpil for access to housing and with Médecins du Monde, ALYNEA and the Red Cross for access to health. It is recognised by the institutions, the prefecture and local education authorities (DSDEN and IEN), which call on it when they need it. 

C.L.A.S.S.E.S is an association made up of about twenty active volunteers and a network of supporters. Its objective is to enable all children living in extreme poverty - who do not speak French and whatever the administrative situation of their parents - to access their fundamental right to be educated. C.L.A.S.S.E.S. also enables them to attend school and to succeed thanks to the improvement and security of their living conditions and to bring the school and the parents closer together via school mediation.

To support this project :

France |2018 À 2024|Access and Quality of Education & Education in Migration Situations

 department of seine-saint-denis (93)

The aim of the project

In 2020, Action Education identified C.L.A.S.S.E.S. as a major actor in the work of deconstructing representations and raising awareness among social workers about the very poor people they work with.

Since then, Action Education has been supporting C.L.A.S.S.E.S in order to strengthen its team, develop the training axis and ensure the involvement of the first concerned in the construction of their training offer. 

Together, our two associations carry out joint exploration, consultation and implementation of projects dedicated to the schooling, academic success and quality of education of children living in precarious housing.

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What we supported

  • Due to the health crisis, only one training session on "social work and shantytowns" could be conducted by C.L.A.S.S.E.S with Ocellia students in Lyon. The project to set up cross-training sessions on "schooling in the face of extreme poverty" began with a consultation meeting organised by C.L.A.S.S.E.S in March with the Fondation Abbé Pierre, the Soif de connaissances collective and Action Education, followed by a mission by Action Education to the various places where C.L.A.S.S.E.S. in Lyon in order to review the framework and objectives of this partnership (research-action for better knowledge, social and professional integration, and capitalisation on practical methodological tools). Since April 2021, with the Fondation Abbé Pierre, Action Education has been co-financing the position of a training officer employed by C.L.A.S.S.E.S.

Our partners


C.L.A.S.S.E.S (operational partner on the ground) and its partners *

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*ALYNEA; Arts et développement; Collectif jamais sans toit (école logement 69); Collectif soif de connaissances; Délégation interministérielle à l'hébergement et à l'accès au logement (interministerial delegation for housing and access to housing); Direction départementale de l'emploi, du travail et des solidarités (departmental directorate for employment, work and solidarity); Direction des services départementaux de l'éducation nationale (departmental directorate for national education); Various associations working with people in great precariousness, particularly Arabic-speaking populations; Fondation Abbé Pierre; ASET; The metropolis and the city of Lyon; The Villeurbanne homelessness service; Town halls and their communal social action centres; Social workers from the maisons de la métropole des solidarités; Médecins du Monde; Ocellia l'ALPIL; Point Accueil LAHSO; Structures in charge of social monitoring during the accommodation of families.

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