General presentation of the MJC
Open to everyone, MJCs offers people within their local area the possibility to become conscious of their capacities, to develop their personality, to prepare themselves to become active citizens - aware of the responsibilities of a living democracy. Associations of non formal education, secular and independent, the MJCs act coherently within their local area.
Gathered in federations, on a regional and national level ( the FFMJC) , with several million adherents from different horizons, they debate and define regularly their combined, non formal education projects. To these common projects within an MJC, we can add the statutes, decided by all houses. That is what assures the coherence of an ambitious project, which constitutes the interest of our houses and their social and cultural identity.
Several elements compose the MJC project : the democratization of culture within our houses, the formation of young people as citizens, and the self construction of well being by the learning of knowledge. To bring this alive, the MJCs benefit from the experience of 60 years of involvement in local life and in the implementation of cultural, social and political actions of mediation. These actions are, for example, work in the educational and artistic fields, and creations and developments of cultural practices. These mediations allow us to enrich the social link and to continually reformulate the requirements of the “ vivre ensemble”, which is at the basis of our project of non formal education.
MJCs are also spaces of freedom, of debates and of democratic investments. They offer to their participants the possibility to be involved in the institutional life of the association, in its decisions, and to become real actors in their local area.
These experiences allow participants to improve their sense of dialogue, their individual and collective responsibility, helping everyone - and young people specifically - to become active citizens and to get an autonomous and critical view of society.
Similarly, the national federation of the FFMJC wants to be the most democratic and transparent organisation it can be. An original form of management exists, which associates all the actors of the MJC and the federations. At all levels of the Federation, our procedures force us to co-elaborate, co-decide, co-realize, and co-evaluate : that’s what we call “ co-gestion”or “co-management”. This allows the involvement in the associative life of volunteers, professionals, representatives of local authorities and actors within the social environment.