Following the pedagogy developed for the
trinational sessions on culture and European citizenship, the
European Cultural Centre organises binational heritage classes.
The European Cultural Centre, the National
Education Ministry, the academic Delegation for artistic education
and cultural action (DAAC), the "rectorat" and the Academy of
Poitiers develop a new pedagogy for the discovery of cultural
accommodating heritage classes
Since 1995, the European Cultural Centre of Saint
Jean d' Angély has put its experience regarding the pedagogy
of heritage at the service of primary and secondary school
establishments that wish to have their pupils participate in this
kind of classes. The teachers who outlined the programme to suit
their pupils are supported by the European Cultural Centre in the
complete and complex organisation of such an enterprise. Its
service to them is reliable and experienced.
The concept of binational heritage classes, close
to the sessions of the ECC, concerns younger pupils (primary
schools and colleges).
These binational heritage classes place pupils in
a particular environment related to their sensitising to cultural
heritage. During one week, young people follow a coherent
programme, elaborated together with local cultural partners
(historic sites, museums, associations, animators of heritage
sites), which comprises practical workshops. The European Cultural
Centre, with its strong network of partners in the area, is capable
of proposing a complete programme and qualified trainers for these
classes. The varied working topics are in close connection with the
Poitou-Charentes region: History(ies)
of religion(s) in Poitou-Charentes, Gardens, Architecture,
Exchanges in the Middle Ages, The road and exchanges in the Middle
Photo ECC St Jean
During the week of heritage class, pupils work in
a multidisciplinary approach with their teachers and with
professionals from the heritage sector within the framework of a
well-defined project prepared beforehand by the classes. Workshops,
visits, analyses and investigations follow each other. They enable
the pupils to acquire knowledge in an environment both serious and
ludic. These classes make them discover the regional, national,
even European architectural heritage. They aim at encouraging them
to understand, like and especially develop a responsible and civil
spirit and behaviour with respect to their cultural heritage.
For the young people, this stay is synonymous with
discovery, travel of initiation, total immersion in a reality other
than their daily one.
hereduc project (heritage education)
Joining partners from Belgium, Germany, Italy and
the Netherlands, the European Cultural Centre of Saint Jean d'
Angély takes an active part in the project HEREDUC (Heritage
Education) within the framework of the COMENIUS programme of the
This project aims at developing innovative
training courses on the teaching of cultural heritage, based on
successful practical experience and on the comparison and
evaluation of the various approaches to the teaching of
This project - set up between 2002 and 2005 - must
raise and expand awareness of the fact that heritage is not only a
pure tourist product but that it also has to be perceived as an
instrument that aims at supporting and maintaining cultural
personality in a changing environment.
theatrical and musical artistic dissemination
The European Cultural Centre of Saint-Jean
D'Angély is open to the countries of Western and Eastern
Europe, as of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Thanks to
co-operation instituted between the General Council of
Charente-Maritime and the City Council of Calarasi in Romania,
trinational sessions were organised both in France and in Romania.
Today it proposes, within the framework of the development of this
collaboration, a project aiming to valorise the ways of Santiago de
Compostella while associating within a theatrical and musical
project Romanian and French set designers and the ancient music
ensemble Venance Fortunat.
The creation of The
memory of passers-by, artists of a Europe in movement will
be presented in preview at the Royal Abbey of Saint-Jean
d'Angély before embarking for Santiago de Compostella. The
spectacle will be played in its various stages on the way, in
France and Spain.
Coinciding with the admission of Eastern European
countries in the European Union, this project is based on the
recent history of Romania during Ceausescu's regime and it offers a
way of reconciliation through its objective to cure the wounds of
the past. It proposes to revisit the recent history of Eastern
European countries by associating the cultures and interpretations
of actors coming from the East and the West.
This reflection and this work of memory will be
proposed to the young people during a trinational session on
culture and European citizenship having as topic Strength, powers in Europe.
In parallel with the French-Romanian theatre
project, the European Cultural Centre wishes to see the birth, in
2003, of teaching animation modules in the educational circle
(colleges and high-schools) oriented towards the discovery of
lyrical art. The opera, a complete art, enables the approach of
topics as diverse as music, theatre and art history.
In parallel with this Opera project, lyrical
training courses for young people will be set up at the Royal
Abbey. Amateur training courses are also planned for adults. The
European Cultural Centre and the stages of Poitou-Charentes will
deal with the creation and dissemination of opera itself.
a single fund of european textbooks
Since the establishment of the European Cultural
Centre in the royal Abbey of Saint-Jean d'Angély, the centre
has acquired funds of textbooks coming from all the countries of
Europe. Regularly enriched, today it contains more than 1500
Handbook of Polish history, Ed.1984
Handbook of German history, Ed.1941
Unexploited for the moment, this fund is a mine
for reflection concerning education in Europe and education about
Europe. The European Cultural Centre places its volumes at the
disposal of researchers, teachers, sociologists, historians. It
thus wishes to take an active part in research and advancements in
the field of teaching.