Community radio

Since 2009, the Seine-Saint-Denis County Council has been backing “la Culture et l’Art au Collège (CAC)”. This project is based to a large extent on the presence in class for several weeks (40h) of an artist or scientist whose mission is to engage the students in a process of research and creation. 


Tutor: Idir Hocini, Adrien Chauvin/ journalists

Project manager: Stéphane Coulaud


Is the future of the different local authorities being resolved? This is what can be assumed from the various reforms underway. This initiative tries to make sense of these reform projects by looking at the different layers that separate the Town Hall from the State. Accompanied by a journalist, the classes’ objective is to meet the people – officials and elected representatives – responsible for running our administrations.

Administrative profusion
To introduce the workshop’s theme, the contributor asks the students what they know about the different layers that make up the French administrative organisation. The discussions lead to the drawing up of a historical panorama of what is known as the “mille-feuille administratif” or administrative layer-cake; the students conduct documentary research into the different levels of responsibility and skills. The next step is to define an angle for the following sessions.

Which angles?
Among the angles formulated, one in particular attracts the students’ attention – the creation of “Grand Paris”, a project planned to absorb the county of Seine-Saint-Denis between now and 2020. To flesh out this inquiry, the journalist and the students begin researching the subject; they then draft a questionnaire in preparation of the arrival in the classroom of experts and local stakeholders with whom they wish to hold a debate.

The meeting
The presence in the classroom of researchers Cécile Regourd and Michel Verpeaux, specialists in constitutional law, followed by Fouad Ben Ahmed, city representative, was the opportunity for the class to flesh out its inquiry into Grand Paris. The interviews were audio-recorded along with certain “papers” written by the students. Using this sound recording, a short programme was edited along the lines of the radio programme Interception, broadcast on France Inter.

Each class broadcast an 8-minute radio report in its school. 

Acknowledgements: Isabelle Cremonesi, Presidential Cabinet Department, conseil départemental de la Seine-Saint-Denis


Participating schools:
- Class 3, Collège Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Noisy-le-Grand
- Class 3, Collège Claude Debussy, Aulnay-sous-Bois