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.
Eric Auclair – Project Coordinator
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