initiative, which today includes 137 organisations, has continued to build momentum. Every educational adventure offers an opportunity to make different connections defined by openness and solidarity, according to Jean-Jacques Goron, General Delegate of the Foundation. 2019 provided an opportunity for all of the partners to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Odyssée Jeunes. At this event, a jury presided over by the photographer Françoise Huguier, who accompanied the schoolchildren of Bobigny to Berlin, awarded the prizes for the 2nd edition of the photo reporting competition, for pictures taken by the children while on these trips. It helps us to discover new things, to visit different places, to explore and to learn. This is how the children described Odyssée Jeunes, at the end of this anniversary day.
Helping young people to realise their full potential: a global galaxy
The BNP Paribas Fortis Foundation and the Roi Beaudouin Foundation have joined forces to facilitate the social integration of under-25s in financially vulnerable situations. In 2019, the two institutions launched a new call for projects among interested associations, with a view to improving access to leisure activities No less than 362 proposals were received and submitted to ten regional committees. Ten Champion projects covering the entire territory of Belgium have been selected, including Sport Your Dream, for becoming a sports coach, La Rue Amo, a travelling bus converted into a welcome centre, and Ac-Cordée Musicale, which promotes educational concerts from primary school age.
L A C A S A DI V E T R O , IN N A PL E S , W E L C OME S DIS A D VA N TA GE D CHIL DRE N Thanks to funding from Fondazione BNL, the L Altra Napoli Foundation and the Amici di Carlo Velardi association, this former atrium has been transformed into a youth hostel in Forcella, one of the most deprived areas in Naples. In this population of 25,000, where 68% of young people are unemployed and 30% drop out of school, children and teenagers can come to hang out and relax, play music or sports, or receive additional school tutoring. As stated on the front of the building, it is a light that never goes out.
In Belgium, access is being improved for underprivileged children to extracurricular activities, which can be a rewarding experience for them and helps encourage social integration.
Most of the students have never travelled outside of France, and some have never left Drancy. For them, it is an exceptional cultural opportunity.
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TEACHER AT PIERRE-SÉMARD SCHOOL IN DRANCY (TRIP TO ROME)
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