Jean-Claude Decalonne

Ashoka Fellow
France,
Fellow Since 2009

IDÉE

Pour que ceux qui ont le plus besoin d’art y aient accès, Jean-Claude utilise un outil social extraordinaire dans lequel tout s’apprend : la confiance en soi et dans les autres, et la motivation pour réussir dans sa vie et à l’école. Les orchestres symphoniques deviennent des leviers d’intégration sociale dans les quartiers populaires.

 

IMPACT

Passeurs d’Arts a développé plus de 60 ateliers d’orchestres dans 22 écoles primaires à Cergy, grâce à 50 professeurs, concernant plus de 1200 enfants. L’association a également des antennes en Bretagne, à Garges-Lès-Gonesse, à Evreux et à Grigny et prépare des projets à Bondy et La Réunion. Passeurs d’Arts note des progrès scolaires et comportementaux exceptionnels grâce à son dispositif. L’association développe des actions dans les domaines de la santé, du handicap, et au sein du milieu carcéral.

 

QUI EST-IL ?

Luthier, Jean-Claude est spécialiste français des instruments à vents et fondateur de “ Feeling Musique “ (Trophée National de l’Entreprise Citoyenne 2016). Il crée en 1999 le mouvement “ Orchestres à l’école “ (classes orchestres). Il puise son inspiration entre autres dans “ El Sistema “ au Venezuela. Il est l’auteur de comédies musicales pour enfants. Jean-Claude a obtenu la distinction honorifique de Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres par le ministère de la culture en 2011.

 

Citation

This profile was prepared when Jean-Claude Decalonne was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
The New Idea
Jean-Claude is using collective teaching methods to create an inclusive, cross-subject and accessible education experience for at-risk children and youth. In France’s most educationally-challenged neighborhoods and lowest performing schools, Jean-Claude has developed a program for low performing students to join an orchestra class where they experience three transformative years of teamwork and discipline through music. These classroom orchestras are empowering young people to learn collectively and have led to improved grades in all subjects and more constructive relationships between students and their peers, as well as teachers and adults. To make this transformative experience possible, Jean-Claude collaborates with four key stakeholders that do not usually work together: • Teachers and school administrations who break away from the traditional top-down pedagogical system and work across subjects to teach skills collaboratively; • Music schools and the music instrument industry who devote free teaching hours to work with the orchestras and to provide financial support to buy instruments; • Municipalities which tap into their cultural, education and social budgets to support classroom orchestras; • Communities and parents traditionally excluded from school programs now attend concerts and support their children more actively. For Jean-Claude, school orchestras are a valuable entry point to unlock the entire education system, which suffers from its structural rigidity and works in isolation from youth, culture and family affairs. Through his program, he is forming a pioneering partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture and gaining meaningful recognition by the public system that alternative pedagogical methods can prove effective and even indispensable in the success and full development of children.
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