Our Startegic Partnership comes slowly to an end. The steering committee had almost its final Skype conference to coordinate the final report for ERASMUS+ but also discussed how we can proceed with the topic of rural areas. And many ideas are already on the agenda. It turned out that rural development is really a hot topic in Europe and there are so many creative ways of fighting the challenges. But its still a lot to do and develop. We keep on going and commit ourselves to rural development in the future.
Preparatory meeting with our local partners, in order to discuss the 2nd transnational meeting in Sweden, the schedule sent by Ake and the implementation of local activities. Regina Lecointe, Marie-Raphaëlle Minier (MdEY), Pauline Winocour-Lefèvre (Yvelines’ Departmental Board), Liudmila Ismagilova (GPS&O urban community) and 2 MdEY interns attended the meeting.
First contact with the association “Rencontre Ville-Campagne”
We’ve made contact with a local association called “Rencontre Ville-Campagne” (Town-Country Gathering) which aim is to bring young consumers and farmers together. With special learning material, farmers answer the children’s questions for an hour and a half and explain them their lives, the passion for their profession but also their daily difficulties and challenges.
Awareness raising actions in a 2 rural schools (Guerville), about European and French subsidies to implement citizen’s projects in the rural areas and more generally about the European Union. And the 25th May, as part of the “Joli mois de l’Europe” (European month), the two classes met for a giant quiz in a media library. This specific action has been carried out with one of our local “Read it” partners, GPS&O.
The Maison de l’Europe des Yvelines got funding from the FFME (French Federation of Europe Houses) in June, to set up a conference about the Common Agricultural Policy, “Parlez-vous PAC?” (“Do you speak CAP?”), which will deal with the following topic “Fair income for French farmers”. We will do it with another Read it partner, the agricultural school, and in partnership with another school in a very isolated Norman area. The school from Normandy will go to Saint-Germain in March 2019 to benefit from all the speakers’ experience.
13 awareness raising sessions in 2 primary schools (in Saint-Germain-en-Laye), on the following topics: sustainable development, citizenship and solidarity initiatives in rural areas (compost collect for the AMAP’s (association supporting small farming), new entertainment places research (sheepfolds, fruit picking etc.) Graphic representation, based upon Keith Harring work, of “citizenship” and collaboration between the land and the towns.
The „READ IT“ project is going to be promoted and included in broader networks for a better and sustainable outcome. In Germany the project is now part of the official initiative „Ich bin dabei“ („I take part“) of the Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer, and the Mayor of the Verbandsgemeinde Bad Marienberg, Andreas Heidrich. The initiative is going to promote and honour voluntary work and commitment of citizens in local communities. The initiative is implemented by the Verbandsgemeinde Bad Marienberg which is a local authority in the rural area around the Europahaus Marienberg, the lead partner of the project „READ IT“. The VG Bad Marienberg has roughly 20.000 inhabitants combining the city of Bad Marienberg (approx. 6000 inhabitants) and 17 villiages from only 250 inhabitants to around 2000 inhabitants.
The local website of the initiatve by the Prime Minister and the Mayor can be reached here: Initiative „Ich bin dabei“ (only available in German language).
In addition to open this project to more people and more local communities in rural areas „READ IT“ will be included as a project group within the initiative. Thus the outcome of the project and the results of the European exchange will be made available to all local communities (villages and city) by incorporating local citizens into the network. Concrete realizations of best practices from other countries or results developed in the project have a greater chance to be realized in rural areas.
The kick-off meeting to invite all citiztens to take part within this new initiative / project group is scheduled for January 29th – see here (click for PDF version):