Popular Education In The Face Of New Technologies

Popular Education In The Face Of New Technologies

From 25th to 26th October 2007, the Poitou-Charentes Regional Federation of Youth Centers and Culture (FRMJC), the French Federation of Youth Centers and Culture and Injep organized a meeting of actors in Poitiers the theme of new opportunities for popular education offered by the Internet.

Entitled “Internet: a world to be appropriated, a tool to appropriate the world … Towards new forms of collective action and popular education? “, The event was also supported by the Regional Directorate for Youth and Sports, the Regional Youth Information Center (CRIJ) in Poitou-Charentes, the Federation of Vienna Social Centers, the Francas education in image and media, Apte.

For the 120 or so participants from the associations and youth movements, the aim was to analyze the impact of the digital revolution on their sector of activity, to compare practices and to determine educational issues.

Non-exhaustive menu of topics covered during this meeting: new forms of collective action, cyberdependence, collective intelligence building and knowledge sharing, image and media education, e-citizenship …

Wealth of subjects, wealth of debates. All of them testify to the organizers’ desire to reduce the excesses and dangers of ICTs to their proper proportions, to underline the overwhelming share of conclusive experiences, pathways, bargains and hopes raised by this “third culture”.

“A third culture that rivals the production and dissemination of institutional knowledge and announces” the advent of a cultural third-state (…), the beginning of a mental revolution “, announces the monthly Human Sciences. It is a fact: the prolific jungle of the Web mixes personal blogs, online newspapers, political fireworks, sex, philosophy, citizen debates, videos, music, antique manuscripts and photos of the last one. The beautiful, the ugly, the intimate, the public, mercantilism and altruism offer themselves without nuance on the search engines, breaking with the barriers and the moral representations of the knowledge taught. So, facing the stakes, especially educational, the temptation is great for the professional of youth to camp a role of protector.

ICT security approach

“It is not a question of abandoning all vigilance and unreserved praise of information and communication technologies, but I tend to think that too many actors of youth, associative life and of popular education spontaneously envisage information and communication technologies from the point of view of danger, of harmful drifts and the mechanisms to be put in place to protect minors, explains Chantal Dahan, head of Culture at Injep . This security approach hides the extraordinary initiatives taken by some. Above all, it does not allow us to apprehend serenely the potentials of this digital civilization that is built day after day, and radically modifies the uses of associative actors, young people and those who accompany them