This category is based on initiatives that foster inclusion and acceptance among different members of a society. How can we provide public opinion with the ideal of an open and inclusive society and make the public imagination less vulnerable to extreme and violent ideologies exploiting anxiety, and instigating hatred, sectarianism or nationalism? The best defense of a democratic society against threats is an educated citizenry, a sense of shared humanistic values, and a high level of trust in institutions as well as between individuals themselves. A democratic state should inform citizens about the extent and causes of the threats it faces. It should combat discrimination, segregation and stigmatization which can generate a sentiment of non-belonging and increase the attraction of populism and extremist ideologies.

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.

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.

West African citizen school (ECAO)

The West African citizen school (ECAO), created in December 2015, aims to provide training to good governance, democracy and human rights to future young professionals and politicians and civil society in West Africa. This initiative is unique because it has a regional focus and encompasses all the Francophone countries of West Africa.

Community radios for human rights, Article 19, Senegal

Article 19 - Senegal advocates in this country for the protection of journalists and human rights, access to information and the development of audiovisual and information technology. This NGO has led, in 2015, a project of building the capacity of community radios to report sensitive issues of human rights. This project aimed to enable communities in rural areas or deprived neighborhoods to better understand human rights from the roots of local community radio stations.

International Federation of CEMEA, France

The International Federation of CEMEA (FICEMEA) promotes, as part of the French network against the commercialisation of education, free education for all without discrimination based on the right to education. Although significant progress has been made, the FICEMEA notes that today millions of children are still deprived of education. Meanwhile, it denounced the trend towards the privatization of education in many countries which may have consequences in terms of accessibility and quality of education. FICEMEA encourages States to guarantee the right to education in particular by establishing an effective control system to ensure the quality and equity of education services.