The blog of the Association canadienne d'éducation de langue française (ACELF) reaches an audience across the country. They recently shared an inspiring activity put forward by one of our own Fédération des parents coordinators, from le Phare C.-B.
“À nous de jouer!” was the name of a special day planned for Francophone early childhood professionals in British Columbia in November 2022. It was Jocelyne Ky, coordinator of the child care centres educational program with the Phare C.-B. team (an initiative of the Fédération des parents), who conceived this idea upon her return from the ACELF's major project on constructing Francophone identity, which was held last summer. You may recall that the construction of Francophone identity is the process that leads an individual to define and recognize themselves via the French-speaking community.
The day’s objective was to reflect on this subject, taking advantage of the rich diversity of the participants, to highlight their different experiences and what brings them together, such as working in French.
It should be noted that the majority of these professionals live the same realities as the families of children who attend their child care centres, due to their diverse origins and cultures and the fact that they live in a minority situation.
To prepare this day’s activities, Jocelyne was inspired by the concept of play-based learning advocated in the British Columbia Early Learning Framework, in order to allow attendees to experience the benefits of play for themselves.
This approach also made it possible to offer a space for exchanging information, reflection, introspection, and moments of shared fun too! In short, the day was a great success from the participants’ point of view, and when Jocelyne decided to talk about her initiative in a video, ACELF hurried to share it on their blog and in their newsletter to give it a national audience.
We invite you to watch this video that explains more about how this very special day unfolds: