The Collectif de la communauté du savoir (CCS) was launched on December 7, 2011, with the support of the Coalition ontarienne de formation des adultes (COFA) and three-year funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada’s leading granting agencies. The OTF supports the volunteer sector by investing in community initiatives in order to build healthy and vibrant communities. www.otf.ca
The CCS is made up of 18 founding provincial organizations (list attached) in various areas of activity that decided to pool their knowledge, skills and expertise to achieve a common goal: to create a knowledge community that brings together all the active forces of Ontario’s Francophonie. CCS’ primary mandate is to contribute to implementing nine knowledge communities within three years.
“We are very proud of the Collectif, a group of partners brought together by the same vision of promoting and encouraging all forms of knowledge. We believe that learning communities, whether cities, villages, neighbourhoods or groups of individuals, are at the centre of the sustainable development challenge in our societies,” said Michel Robillard, Director General of COFA. As Paul Bélanger, an expert in the field and a researcher and professor in the Faculty of Education at UQAM, said so well, the answer to this challenge is this: “In addition to the physical benefits of a place, and specifically in order to capitalize on those benefits, the primary resource on which a city (or a community) can build is the knowledge that the place and its people have and can acquire.”
La Cité collégiale, a member of the Collectif, hosted the launch. Lise Bourgeois, President of La Cité collégiale, stated that “as the largest French-language college in Ontario, we believe that it is essential to take part in this knowledge community. This exciting initiative is very appealing to an educational institution like ours. At La Cité collégiale, our combined strengths and the sharing of our expertise are vital to our francophone community.”
CCS’ first signature project: Jouer en apprenant avec mon enfant : littératie des familles [Play and learn with children: literacy in the family]
As a signature project to launch the CCS initiative, the Association francophone à l’éducation des services à l’enfance de l’Ontario (Aféseo), in partnership with COFA and the Garderie éducative Renée-Tassé de La Cité collégiale, gave an example of a first knowledge community during a workshop entitled Jouer en apprenant avec mon enfant : littératie des familles [Play and learn with children: literacy in the family], a family literacy program funded by the Government of Canada through Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Martine St-Onge, Director General of Aféseo, said she is “enthusiastic and happy about the opportunity to combine the forces of Aféseo with the forces of COFA and the Collectif, and to work with Denis Lacroix, manager of the Garderie éducative Renée-Tassé, and Julie Benoit, professor in early childhood education at the Cité collégiale, in order to promote, distribute and implement this series of workshops across French-language day care services in the province. Not only will the support of the Collectif help us remind everyone that any learning continuum starts with early childhood education, but also that learning for young people happens, first and foremost, through play.”
Distinguished guests and the CCS partners were also in attendance to mark the event.
The Réseau pour le développement de l’alphabétisme et des compétences (RESDAC) is pleased to introduce its microsite on learning communities, thereby bringing together all the documents used for the participants’ brainstorming and discussions at RESDAC’s Forum 2012. You can visit the site at this link: http://www.resdac.net/communautesapprenantes/.
Additional reading: RESDAC Brochure