Popular University of Sologne

France Centre-Val de Loire
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The Popular University of Sologne organizes conferences, debates and thematic workshops, open to all and free.


11 out of 13 municipalities in the Sauldre and Sologne communities, located in so-called "rural revitalization" zones (RRZ), request for cultural and educational activities. Lack of means, transportation or information, many residents of Sologne are denied access to culture and education. The Popular University of Sologne (now "PUS") located in the heart of the RRZ, aims to meet the demands and needs that exist in these areas.

The second objective of the PUS is to make the inhabitants of Sologne and its visitors recognize the historical, geographical and cultural riches of their region. By making (re) known the trades, the customs, the languages, the landscapes and the architecture of Sologne, the PUS aims at the valorization of the multiple assets of the region.

The PUS advocates a return to local and direct relationships, in a world where anonymous platforms manage our relationships (Facebook), our accommodations (AirBnb), our purchases (Amazon) and our learning (MOOCs). Without denying the contribution of new technologies, at the PUS, the interpersonal and interactive aspect of human relations is considered a good to be preserved.

Contexte (territory issues, targeted audience)

Popular University (PU) of Sologne is a cycle of conferences, debates and thematic workshops.
Monthly and punctual events, it is completely free.

The creation of a PU specific to the Sologne territory corresponds to a vision of popular education taking into account the following elements:

Willingness to apprehend the territory according to its geographical and historical specificities (the natural region of Sologne) and not administrative (the departments). Federating the inhabitants around common problems - because they are local - implies going beyond administrative borders and taking into account the natural characteristics of the region.

Need to multiply places of popular education instead of polarizing the dissemination of knowledge in a few specific places. Although they disseminate transversal knowledge, the PUs are also intended to respond to a local demand, sometimes very specific, emanating from contextualized needs.

Need to establish PUs in rural areas. Urban centers have the advantage of energizing, centralizing and pooling initiatives. But their frequentation involves a heavy investment of time and energy which prevents the loyalty or the assiduity of many rural people yet interested in urban cultural and educational events. Operating locally makes initiatives accessible and sustainable.

Willingness to integrate the pre-existing educational and cultural network in Sologne in order to participate in the collective effort already undertaken by its members. The configuration of a PU anchored in the territory makes it possible to grasp the concrete demands of the inhabitants in educational and formative terms and to provide an effective united response.

The objective of the PUS is to disseminate and transmit knowledge to the general public, without any discrimination whatsoever.
It is intended for all audiences, with only one condition : the respect of its charter (downloadable here: https://solognafr.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/charte-upsologne-1.pdf)

Actions implemented

1 annual event over 2 days in summer.
Follow-up of monthly "popular cafes" around subjects relating to the theme launched in summer.
The formats of activities are varied: conferences, debates, practical workshops and manuals, informal discussions, collective work etc.
Global cost (in Euros) : 4 200 €

Human resources and partners

- FDVA (funds for association and Community projects)
- Commune and community of communes
- Memberships and individual donations

Other information

Project's start year : 2020


SOLOGNA - Popular University of Sologne (Non profit organization )
La Bernotterie
18410 Clémont
0634374384 sologna18@gmail.com
Contact : Laura NICOLAS, treasurer