Les amis de Zippy in France
• Schools and kindergartens this year 7
• Children this year 180
• Total children since launch 180
After an initial pilot of Les amis de Zippy in Paris, from 2008 to 2011, which proved unsustainable, the programme has been re-launched in the Charente Maritime region by the Fédération Départementale des Foyers Ruraux de Charente Maritime. The initial two-year pilot will see Les amis de Zippy run in two different settings: in classes in the regular school day, and in the after-school period (Temps d’Acceuil Péri-Educatif, or TAPE). A survey by the Regional Health Observatory found that the area is at risk of significant academic failure, due to increasingly fragile links in the economy, family and the wider culture, and the introduction of Les amis de Zippy is part of the Federation’s efforts to support rural communities, and the wellbeing of children in particular.
Partner (in the Charente Maritime area only): Fédération Départementale des Foyers Ruraux de Charente Maritime
Coordinator: Bruno Marolleau