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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #251 - Colo libertarian: The kids are the 400 Coups (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:08:45 +0300

Create its own educ pop structure, 400 Coups, many animators have dreamed. It is in this adventure that our band has launched this year: kicked off this summer with a first colo! ---- The idea did not come out of nowhere; it's been years that we are working as sports instructors, anims, managers or stakeholders and cultural interveners, and that some of us met regularly to discuss the link between our business and our values (generally libertarian, one not going to hide here). Some have managed to leave together and experiment. It found that, since they had the desire and skills, we could create our body and test our projects with a free hand. That's how the 400 Coups were born in January.

Accustomed to timeless cartoons pitfalls, we anticipated some of them. First, we would like to stop exploiting the EEC [ 1 ]. There is no difference in treatment between the Director or the Director, the host or hostess and the speaker or the speaker (even strapped e-skills), which allows you to mount the daily package EUR 40 in low range. We hope to do better and we were determined to reach the medium-term minimum wage. We also want to avoid being out and having time for children, anims quota should instead draw on that one for a six to twelve. Our asset for achieving these goals is of stakeholders that integrate the team as classics anims rather than charging service providers.

Power to the children!

Indeed, we want above all colos stop "cons", where children spend the day riding ponies, kayaking and karting and see the other time as the dead time. If each camp has a "red thread" (object theater, cabaret, rock climbing...), other times are just as important. Community life and logistical tasks (cooking, cleaning, assembly and disassembly...) are true moments of learning. And "do nothing", that's fine. In the rental of campsites or cabins, one favors the bivouac, or exchange service with friend-es that have land or infrastructure. Politically, we also made some choices marked by our ideals.

It rejects the concept of "social mix" allowing "living together" between exploiters and exploited future-es. We prefer to address gender issues, racism and economic inequality. The mix will be done anyway because of "affluent" kids will come anyway and we will adapt to not let the most troubled (poverty, disability, illness...) button. Solutions on a case by case basis is sought and also working on collective solutions (linked support concerts with the asso Ruetabaga Ms. Villeneuve working on, for example) [ 2 ].

Finally, it was especially keen to develop autonomy and self-management. We are looking forward to launching our super first children's councils to decide on house rules, daily life activities. It was too colossal where children were at best consulted. We want truly democratic general assemblies that combine each one equally in information, analysis and deliberation. By developing as maximum autonomy and self-help, we hope to make at least the time of a colo, critical individuals, autonomous and supportive. Les 400 Coups just been born and we hope to successfully develop a viable alternative that will make you want others to launch their structures.

Tudy (AL Lyon)


[ 1 ] These educational commitment contracts that are not governed by the Labour Code and thus allow the use of facilitators and animators for wages far below the minimum wage (average 30 euros a day for days in which colo last on average eighteen hours...).

[ 2 ] Ms. Ruetabaga is an animation of association and street education, which comes at the Villeneuve, a popular district of Grenoble. They set up practices of "social pedagogy" (see special feature of AL next July-August) and, in this context, are in contact with many young people who want to go with 400 hits and had the idea to make room at a benefit concert to fund part of the costs. www.mmeruetabaga.org/

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