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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.

Additional reading

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

Collectif de la communauté du savoir launch

Ottawa, February 13, 2013 – Today, the Collectif de la communauté du savoir (CCS) officially launched its activities and spearheaded an inaugural initiative inviting all Franco-Ontarian communities to submit project proposals for a variety of learning opportunities for Francophones. Opportunities can be formal (school, college, etc.), non-formal (workshops, reading groups, etc.) or informal (sport groups, etc.). Communities can include community organizations, sports associations, groups of employees or any organizations seeking support in setting up training workshops, organizing symposiums or creating francophone reading groups at a local library, and therefore becoming “knowledge communities” within their own communities. To mark the occasion, the Coalition ontarienne de formation des adultes (COFA), the parent body of the CCS, unveiled the new website that will be the virtual showcase for the projects selected by the Collectif. To visit the site, go to www.collectifdusavoir.ca.

What is a knowledge community?

A learning community built around a given place…based on an “area as a place for the development of social capital and innovation, an area that is able to promote and engage all of its assets (people, relationships, heritage, organizations, corporations, regional authorities, networks, and so on), in the interests of sustainable and inclusive development” – Paul Bélanger at the conference “Villes, savoir et développement local” [Cities, knowledge and local development], held in April 2006 by the Association internationale des maires francophones (AIMF).

New projects for the Collectif de la communauté du savoir (CCS)

On February 13, 2013, the Collectif de la communauté du savoir (CCS) officially launched its activities and spearheaded an inaugural initiative inviting all Franco-Ontarian communities to submit project proposals for a variety of learning opportunities for Francophones. Opportunities could be formal (school, college, etc.), non-formal (workshops, reading groups, etc.) or informal (sport groups, etc.). Communities could include community organizations, sports associations, groups of employees or any organizations seeking support in setting up training workshops, organizing symposiums or creating francophone reading groups at a local library, and therefore becoming “knowledge communities” within their own communities.

As a result of this initiative, eight projects were submitted to the Collectif. Of those eight projects six have been approved and two need to go through an additional step to be approved because more clarifications are required. In the next few days, the Collectif will be contacting the participants to inform them of the status of their application. The selected organizations and a brief description of the accepted projects will be announced publicly in a few weeks. The Collectif’s working group will meet with the selected organizations next September to set up the basis of co-operation that will carry out those projects.

The Collectif would like to thank all the organizations that submitted project proposals. You can follow the progress of this initiative on the program’s website at www.collectifdusavoir.ca.

The Collectif de la communauté du savoir (CCS) was born with the support of the Coalition ontarienne de formation des adultes (COFA) and three-year funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The CCS is made up of 18 founding provincial organizations 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.

Contact information:
Eric Auclair – Project Coordinator
Telephone: 613-842-5369
Toll free number: 1-877-464-0504
Email: EAuclair@coalition.ca