Sponsored by the City of Strasbourg

8 November 2016 -14.00/16.00 - Hôtel de Ville, 9 rue Brulée, Strasbourg - Interpretation: EN/FR

13h30 Shuttle in front of the Council of Europe/16h10 Shuttle in front of the City Hall

The lab will feature initiatives which bring learning materials and teachers to isolated and disadvantaged communities.

initiative 1

Ideas Box, Libraries without Borders

The Ideas Box is a media kit that fits on two pallets and opens in less than 20 minutes to create a cultural space of 100m2. It represents a unique device to facilitate access to information, culture and education of the population, particularly in humanitarian crisis situations. It helps to reconnect families and has strong impacts on child welfare and strengthening education. Currently, the Ideas Box is deployed in Europe and Jordan to respond to the refugee crisis in partnership with libraries, NGOs and local associations. It is also present in Australia with Aboriginal populations in cooperation with the State Libraries (New South Wales), Burundi in Congolese refugee camps, and in France in emergency shelters and related with municipal libraries (Calais). Through the Ideas Box, Libraries without Borders work to make access to education for all and to develop initiatives and projects by its partners and audiences.

The Ideas Box is installed in the Aubette the Sunday 6 november from 14h00 to 20h00, Monday 7 november from 11h00 to 20h00 and the Tuesday 8 November from 14h00 to 22h00.

Guided visit at 19h00 Tuesday 8 November. Shuttle at 18h30 in front of the Council of Europe.


LOUCHE Barnabé

Barnabé LOUCHE

Director of Partnerships, Libraries without Borders


After graduating with a degree in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science, Barnabé worked as a political adviser on education and digital affairs. He has occupied the position of Director of Partnerships at Libraries Without Borders since 2014.

initiative 2

Education on wheels

”If a poor boy cannot come to education then education must come to him.”  Education on Wheels is a mobile school. This bus is designed such that it replicates the classroom. It’s equipped with study material, teaching aids, black board, library, laboratory, computers, audio visual, sound system & Digital class. Education on Wheels is striving to literate slum children & disadvantaged communities on their door steps. The teachers gather children and conduct the class inside  bus for three hours and then the bus drives to its next destination. The beneficiaries are children on the street, in Red light areas, Construction labour wards, Child beggars and kids who are deprived of education.


JOSHI Sachin Usha Vilas

Sachin Usha Vilas JOSHI

Education activist


Sachin is a renowned education activist, well known for his innovation in the field of education. India’s first mobile school, “Education on Wheels” for disadvantaged children is initiated by him. Limca Book of Records has awarded him for his social contributions & innovations to spread literacy among underprivileged children. His endeavour is to bring “Out of school children” in to the mainstream. Until today his efforts brought education to more than two thousand children and they are the first generation of their families getting education. He is also the Founder Director of Espalier Experimental School.


Discussants are invited to take part in the Labs in order to share their experience with the presented democratic initiatives and try to bring broader perspectives to the following discussions.

ASAOLU Tunji John

Tunji John ASAOLU

Chairperson Social Affairs & Health Cluster Committee, African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC)




Rector of Université Saint-Joseph, Beirut


Salim Daccache S.J., Lebanese Jesuit, is since 2012 Rector of Saint-Joseph University in Beirut. After studying theology, philosophy and political science at LSU and at the Centre Sèvres in Paris between 1970 and 1982, he obtained a doctorate in 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne on the problem of the creation of the world in the kalam of Maturidi al (1989) and another defree in Education Sciences at the University of Strasbourg on Pluralism, Citizenship and Living Together in Lebanon (“Pluralisme, Citoyenneté et Vivre-Ensemble au Liban : le salut  vient-il de l’école ?”, 2010). He is editor of the al-Machriq review and was director of the Collège Notre Dame de Jamhour.

Lightning talk - How can the University, in a pluralistic context, educate for democracy and equality? Five theses.

Themes 2016