Calais: First French City to have an Ideas Box!


On Friday October 9th, Patrick Kanner, the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Natacha Bouchart, the mayor of Calais, and Patrick Weil, President of Libraries Without Borders in France, inaugurated a new Ideas Box for the residents of Calais.

Winner of the government sponsored competition La France s'engage, as well as theGoogle Impact Challenge, the Ideas Box is an impressive tool in France for young people and adults that do not have access to reading material or technology, and gives them access to cultural activities and educational resources.



Financed by the City Hall of Calais, this Ideas Box was inaugurated the afternoon of Friday, October 9th in Fort-Nieulay. It is deployed here for the first time, in collaboration with different educational advocates and schools.

In order to best respond to the needs and wants of the residents of the neighborhood, a team of eight people will work with a project coordinator from Libraries Without Borders in France on the terms of use of the Ideas Box, its contents, and mediation activities proposed for the public.

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