The Ceméa is a political force, which intends to challenge local decision-makers, the State and international institutions, in order to influence the decisions that will define tomorrow’s public policies. They act within local, national and international collectives and join forces with organisations in different countries, via international platforms and networks. In doing so, the Ceméa provides a constant link between practice, analysis in the field and political debate at national and European level.
Faced with the digitalisation of society, media education and digital ethics are crucial issues at European level.
The CEMEA defend the idea at national, European and international level that media and digital literacy is linked to citizenship education.
1) Preventing and supporting young people in their use of the media
The CEMÉA advocate prevention and support for young people in their use of the media, by setting up workshops and training courses with and for young people. The CEMEA wanted to build a joint project with European partners on the issue of cyber-bullying among young people (Projet Cyberbulling)
2) The challenges of data collection, information capitalism and surveillance, and the promotion of free software.
Conducting workshops to raise awareness of these issues and training in the use of open-source software (Solidar, European partners, local associations).
Resources and information on the use of free and ethical digital technology, on the website : Liberons-nous
Framasoft and CEMEA partnership : https://soyezresolu.org/
3) Mobilisation against the commercialisation of education
The CEMEA are members of the International Federation of CEMEA (FICEMEA). The FICEMEA is itself a member of the French-speaking network against the commercialisation of Education and has NGO participatory status with UNESCO. It has played a very active role in supporting the Abidjan agreements, as well as in raising awareness of the challenges of a digital society.
Thanks to the political space represented by the FiCeméa, the Éducation nouvelle movements have enriched the debate by broadening the question of education to include the whole spectrum of education, and in particular the question of holidays (non-formal Education).
FiCeméa also provides an understanding and cross-analysis of the situation by field practitioners from all countries, rather than a compilation of national points of view. It makes it possible to share the expertise of Ceméa France’s “free” mission with institutions and with FiCeméa members (Ceméa Belgium, Ceméa Taranto, Ceméa Mauritius via Ceméa Mayotte and Ceméa Réunion).
Within the FiCeméa and the Education France coalition, the Ceméa are fighting against the commercialisation of education. It is currently important to remain vigilant following and during periods of lockdown, the spread of teleworking and home schooling, which have seen the massive use of Big Tech, encouraging the collection and capitalism of data.