But what Future au Present (FAP) exactly do in their centres?
The biggest amount of time is spent in school support: children repeat what they studied in the morning, both in the classic way (with blackboards, books and notebooks) as well as with games.
When study time is over they move to one of the many other activities organized for them. During the week they alternate theatre classes, rap composition, dance, sport, cartoons (in “Maison de l’Education” is set up a real and working micro-movie theatre) and even tablets full of educational apps.
There are a lot of activities and at a first sight they might seem chaotic, but the truth is that every child has his own personal learning pathway.
In fact these centres are mainly thought as shelters in which they let them forget every difficulty or stress, like familiar problems, deprivations or oppressions they live during the rest of the day.
They are free to be themselves here: just kids.
Moreover, here they can recover a positive relationship with the adult world. In FAP they find people willing to listen to them, to answer to their curiosities, to play with them and to interact on a peer to peer basis.
And the power of empathy that educators pour out toward these little kids becomes crystal clear when you notice the huge amount of smiles they get in return.