school dropout

“Smart Neighbours” to raise awareness of the fundamental role played by books

200 families reached
Aulnay-Sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis)

The findings


In the so-called sensitive areas where most major social housing developments are located, we find all kinds of difficulties: social segregation, promiscuity, but also illiteracy or pupils dropping out of school. The economic precariousness of local residents is often accompanied by difficulties in managing basic skills (writing, reading, mathematics) or mastering the language, which further increases their social isolation.


C'est un dispositif que je trouve très intelligent parce qu'il créé du lien social et permet de cultiver un esprit de bienveillance et d'entraide à l'égard de ses voisins. Ces échanges permettent aussi de sensibiliser des parents à la lecture et à la nécessité de lire à son enfant. C'est l'exemple type d'un programme que nous avons construit avec une association très impliquée à Aulnay-sous-Bois.
Laure Kermen-Lecuir
Déléguée générale de la Fondation du Groupe ADP

VoisinMalin's mission


VoisinMalin seeks to recreate social dialogue and bonds in the most disadvantaged and isolated districts by organising door-to-door operations involving its 80 “Voisins Malins” (smart neighbours) who are both employees of the association and residents of the local district. The subjects they cover are unrestricted and extremely varied (energy precariousness, access to treatment, social rights, etc.), with the theme of education receiving particular attention.

Along with its team in Aulnay-sous-Bois supported by the Groupe ADP Foundation, VoisinMalin is carrying out an experimental information and awareness-building mission involving 200 families in the Mitry Ambourget district. Among other things, this mission involves introducing the families to different reading-related activities, which are located nearby and accessible to all. This dialogue also provides an opportunity to identify situations involving illiteracy or difficulty mastering the language and to guide people to the resources and organisations they need to help them.