Support for cross-disciplinary and participative training modules on "schooling in the face of extreme poverty" in Lyon





Since 2006, theassociation C.L.A.S.S.E.S - Collectif Lyonnais pour l'Accès à la Scolarisation et le Soutien aux Enfants des Squats - works every year to ensure that all children in the Lyon metropolitan area (69) can benefit from the same rights as all children: go to school by working with migrant families living in very precarious conditions, with no fixed address locally.

Run by a team of 4 salaried staff and 20 volunteers, within a network of local and national partners, its aim is to support families in the process of school enrolment, access to school-related rights (registration, accommodation applications, canteen access, grants) and throughout their school careers, to set up initiatives to promote the inclusion of these children in school, in conjunction with the schools, and to set up extra-curricular activities to prepare the children for school and/or to enable them to meet other children outside of school and promote social diversity.

In 2023, the association will also be continuing its cross-training initiatives, involving people who have lived in very precarious conditions. Since 2018, Action Education has been working with people living in precarious housing to develop a project for them, based on its experience in various fields (school-family relations, integration, children's engagement and re-engagement, intercultural issues, etc.).

The work carried out by the C.L.A.S.S.E.S association in this area enabled Action Education to identify it in 2020 as a player carrying out strong work with limited resources on the qualification of social workers in their ability to work with these extremely vulnerable groups.

To support this project :

France | DATE TO DATE | Access to and quality of education; Socio-professional training; Inclusion/Migration; Support for professionals.

Lyon and Greater Lyon (69)

The aim of the project

Since 2020, Action Education has been co-funding its partner association C.L.A.S.S.E.S, along with the Fondation de France and the Fondation Abbé Pierre, to strengthen its team with a salaried project manager to help volunteers, families and professionals develop its cross-training axis and ensure the development of collective approaches. Our two associations are working together to explore and consult on issues relating to the schooling, educational success and quality of education of children living in precarious housing conditions.

Support for cross-disciplinary and participative training modules on "schooling in the face of extreme poverty" - France

What we did

  • Focus on the training day on 12/04/2023 in which Action Education took part and which brought together around forty 3rd year students at Ocellia, with a student's feedback: "I leave with a new awareness. An awareness of the situation of the people who live in these camps and squats and who we can help. It's true that it's an awareness of that, and a lot of knowledge about how these people function and what they go through, and how we, as future social workers, can help them".  
  • Over the 2022-2023 school year, 641 children were monitored by C.L.A.S.S.E.S, 573 went to school in 183 different schools spread over out of 27 municipalities in the conurbation
  • Following the first interventions in recent years at OCELLIA In 2023, new interventions were carried out with 6 student groups (more than 200 people involved) in schools for social workers, with C.L.A.S.S.E.S. working alongside a new team of specialists.
  • 10 Teamwork time for our partner C.L.A.S.S.ES to prepare these training courses in advance and afterwards to take stock and prepare the next ones took place between February and the beginning of May 2023.

Our partners

Operational in the field: C.L.A.S.S.E.S and its partners *

* Fondation Abbé Pierre, Ocellia, ALPIL, Médecins du Monde, ALYNEA, ASET,Arts et Développement, Point Accueil LAHSO, the Jamais Sans Toit collective (Ecole Logement 69), various associations working with people in very precarious situations, particularly Arabic-speaking populations, structures responsible for social monitoring during the accommodation of families, DIHAL, DDETS, DSDEN, town halls and their communal social action centres, the Villeurbanne homelessness service, social workers from the Maisons de la Métropole des Solidarités, the Metropole and the City of Lyon.


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