In the basement of the Chevilly-Larue house, La Vie en Plein Air Children’s Protection Foundation built a computer room. On one side, the relaxation area with sofa and table football table, and on the other four desks are glued together. Since May, the 10 young men who live here have taken turns using computers to do their homework.
A gift from the state, a symbol of the “emergency call” operation that aims to ensure the continuity of the school. The “connection” that had been put in place arrived in March, a little late at home, when the confinement was about to end. “The beginnings were complex, and the issue of educational continuity soon emerged,” says Sandra Torres, a specialist educator. Young people had difficulty understanding, we faced human, but also logistical, limits. “
The message 5 out of 5 was received by Adrien Taki, Minister of State for Children, who visited the house this Friday on the occasion of World Education Day. Concretely, let’s say that, during the first weeks of confinement, the children were not able to follow the courses remotely. “
One home computer while booking
The arrival of computers made it easier for everyone to work. The category of youth and teachers who acted as a conveyor belt between the school and the students. Because at home, there was only one computer, and it was usually reserved for teachers.
“We spent our time printing and scanning homework, and the kids couldn’t follow the classroom video conferences. Then in terms of security and confidentiality, that wasn’t possible,” recalls Cassandra Braub, teacher of young children.
With four computers for eleven youths between the ages of 9 and 16, education is taking its course in a much more peaceful way. “We are no longer rushing to teachers, it is less stressful!” Says 13-year-old Farah. Now we work more often. Because we are all in the same room, we focus and avoid distractions. The partnership with Emmaüs Connect has also enabled young people to break their isolation thanks to Smartphones that came before computers.
“Some people don’t know how to use a mouse.”
Adrien Taquet, a true advocate of de-physicalization, now sees it as “a great opportunity to accelerate digital work”. Knowing the limits of the system. “Since everyone has an email address, we assume everyone has a computer. But sometimes young people just have their phones, and it’s not at all suitable for distance education. So the gear is good, but we mustn’t forget the connections and support.” “
Regardless of the usefulness of the state-provided materials, the topic of necessary training on these tools quickly overwhelmed the conversations. “In everyone’s mind, the digital divide was reserved for the elderly,” recalls Valerie Daher, Director General of Poverty Reduction, who is also a partner in Operation Emergency Call.
“The imprisonment made us suddenly realize that this is far from reality,” she added. Thousands of young people have dropped out of school because they cannot connect to the Internet or are not equipped. Some don’t know how to use a mouse or what it means to move around. But they learn fast. “
At the Chevilly-Larue house, Farah, Jimmy, and the others don’t have this problem. They surf like the pros on Pronote, the school life program. They pointed out that “computers are working well, unlike those in the section, which do not contain a large amount of memory or capacity.” In total, ASE homes have received more than 10,000 computers. Now that the house is well prepared, Cassandra says she is “ready for a possible third imprisonment”.