The 7th of June, Societe Generale Foundation's Board of Administrators gathered. They discussed some 20 projects and ruled on the grant awards to be made by the Foundation.
Let's look at two of those projects on fighting illiteracy, one of the Foundation's main causes:
The association promotes physical, athletic, recreational and sociocultural initiatives.
The section Espace Public Multimédia du Montmorélien (Montmoreau Public Multimedia Space - EP3M) was founded in 2008 to improve access to digital media and new technologies for people living in the South Charente region. EP3M provides training courses in digital media for the general public, schools and people referred by social workers (welfare and social benefit recipients, social integration projects, local missions). It also partners with regional integration associations to help employees on work reintegration programmes to break down barriers linked to mobility and new technologies.
The association would like to expand and provide training in independent mobility for employees on work reintegration programmes in the Charente region, in order to improve access to job interviews and employment. In particular, the programme helps them pass their driving test and find alternative mobility solutions.
Under the auspices of three government agencies (the ministries of Defence, Employment and the City), EPIDE is a public institution with 18 centres offering assistance to youths 16-25 years old who are especially disadvantaged in terms of finding jobs.
Nearly 40% of the youths at the EPIDE have literacy difficulties. The institution signed an agreement with the ANLCI to teach the recipients career skills and provide the educational resources they need.
Each of the 18 centres has been assigned a general education instructor to oversee the students with literacy difficulties and supervise a training programme in basic skills, good practices and computer literacy that focuses on the issue of illiteracy and the digital world.
Literacy is France's "Great National Cause" for 2013 and will raise awareness of our partners’ fight against illiteracy and help them develop their activities.