Genesis of the Visitors’ Book for Radio Erena project version PDF

23 04 2018


Merci à notre collègue documentaliste pour sa traduction et sa contribution au livre d’or pour Radio Erena

Genesis of the Visitors’ Book for Radio Erena project

23 04 2018

Genesis of the Visitors’ Book for Radio Erena project

Genesis” may sound too pretentious, but here is how it all started in the brain of a school librarian.

In 2015 I was working as a school librarian at Jean Moulin High School in Roubaix and for the SPME – Week of the Media in schools – I had used some RSF pages, as all school librarians do. I was interested in remotely interviewing journalists and some, still alive and enjoying freedom of movement and speech, were listed as information Heroes on the RSF site.

It happened that among the 100 information heroes one journalist had found refuge as a political refugee in Paris where he had founded a web radio. As I had plans to create a school media in the near future, I was particularly interested in the web radio medium.

Reminder: In 2015 Eritrea ranked last on RSF international Freedom of the Press map. It only gained one position in the latest RSF ranking, which means nothing has changed for journalists in that self-enclosed country. Besides Eritrean migrants were on the front page of newspapers at that time. Why not publish an interview of Biniam Simon online or ask him to come and talk about Eritrea and his web radio with some students? How could this be carried out?

The web radio was broadcast in the Eritrean language and in English – and recently some programmes in Arabic – so this couldn’t be done without the help of an English teacher as the interview had to be in English. Numerous articles on the web radio site are in English.

Last obstacle: how to raise funds for the journalist’s travel expenses. The project could not be carried out in 2015 for various reasons: lack of time for preparing the project with partners, not enough time for raising funds, school exams were drawing near…

Yet Biniam Simon had answered my emails and heartily agreed to meet students and talk about Eritrea and how journalists at Radio Erena work. Radio Erena was thus already sponsoring our 2015 Media Week. The portraits of the 3 Eritrean information heroes were displayed, documents about Radio Erena were at the students’ disposal etc.

How did I get his personal address?

At the time the interview was taking shape in my brain I had sent Léonard Vincent a message on his blogsite; here is the link:

Maybe I sent him tweets as well. Anyway the reporter and author of a book on Eritreans answered me, sent me his cell phone number via webmail or Twitter, I called him and he offered to explain our project to Biniam Simon. Léonard Vincent then gave me the email of the Radio Erena journalist. Of course I could have written to Radio Erena directly but Léonard Vincent is the one who made the creation of this web radio possible. As such he was a privileged contact, all the more so as he was a French reporter, which made communication easier.

In September 2015 I started to work at Camille Claudel College in Villeneuve d’Ascq but did not give up the Radio Erena project. During the 2016 and 2017 Media Weeks I went on explaining the situation of Eritrea and mentioned the role played by Radio Erena. The portraits of the 3 Eritrean journalists were still displayed on the door of the school library, my red folder containing all my documentation on Radio Erena had followed me to my new working place. In September 2017, this schoolyear, some of my English teaching colleagues were interested in the project – whereas Radio Erena couldn’t fit in the projects of the two preceding years. We still have to raise fund for Biniam Simon’s travel expenses. Our pre-project in La Trousse à Projets has been accepted; next step: publishing, crowdfunding…

January 2018: Camille Claudel College sent Radio Erena an official mail to present the project and invite Biniam Simon to meet students, to which he answered yes. Let’s start A Visitors’ Book for Radio Erena for good!

Translation: Virginie Delbergue

A visitors’ book for Radio Erena: the digital resources of the media workshop (1)

23 04 2018

La version PDF de la traduction de notre collègue Virginie Delbergue, professeur documentaliste. Merci pour sa contribution au projet !



A visitors’ book for Radio Erena: the digital resources of the media workshop (1)

23 04 2018

A visitors’ book for Radio Erena: the digital resources of the media workshop (1)

Jan 25, 2018

Media workshop: A Visitors’ Book for Radio Erena project

The digital resources used during the workshop sessions

One useful resource when dealing with Eritrea is this website: soberly alluding to the tragic situation of Eritreans on the homepage and mentioning the role played by Radio Erena.

Chapter One of this original website is entitled “Torture camps or Hell on earth”.

A journalist of Eritrean descent who works for Radio Erena tells what she went through: the torturers who had kidnapped her cousin made her listen every 5 minutes to recordings of her 24-year-old cousin being tortured and raped after being kidnapped in the Sinai region. The kidnappers’ goal: get a ransom. They demanded 37,000€ to set free journalist Meron Estefanos’ cousin. Eritrean-born Meron has been living in Sweden for 25 years. There she has founded an international Commission for Eritrean refugees who are captured, tortured and ransomed by traffickers of human beings, especially in the Sinai Desert as they flee to Europe.

To know more about Meron Estefanos a 3:39-minute podcast is available for students; it was broadcast in December 2015 on the RFI website:

Meron Estefanos tells the story of one of her male cousins who fell into the hands of traffickers and for whom she had to pay a ransom. We easily get the emergency situations she has to face, the kind of situations in which Radio Erena helps migrants. Meron, as a journalist for Radio Erena, tries to save migrants from drowning, torture and death. This web radio and Meron’s phone number are the last backup solutions for the people escaping dictatorship. Meron has a Twitter account; I will send them a private message later on.

Here is a link to her website Eritrean Initiative on Refugee Rights:

Now let’s go back to Chapter One.

The first page and first chapter sum up the predicament of Eritreans: none of them escapes suffering and torture. Thousands of them die as they try to flee the country.

Then we get to know Cécile Allegra, another journalist who took part in a striking report on the migrants’ situation, a report that was awarded a prize but some of the pictures are quite shocking. The excerpts on the website from “Voyage en barbarie”, an essential documentary when dealing with Eritrean migrants, have to be presented and commented upon by the adult in charge of the workshop. Even if schoolkids can deal with Chapter 1, they should be shown only some of the pictures.

This chapter mentions a third journalist also presenting broadcasts for Radio Erena named Amanuel Ghirmay, who has spotted 105 traffickers. The Eritrean government cover up the traffickers’ misdeeds and take advantage of the financial manna from human trafficking.

Before we ended the “reading” of Chapter One an 11-year-old relevantly pointed out that those traffickers act like Nazis.

Chapter One can be dealt with in a 45-minute session with comments and explanations from the teacher.

This chapter sheds light upon three reporters who aim at denouncing human trafficking.

It also makes it clear that Radio Erena is not an ordinary media like the media teenagers are used to or the media we tend to listen to when driving to work. Radio Erena may help save lives… but not all lives.

Translation: Virginie Delbergue professeur documentaliste district de Lille-Est 

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Exposition de Stéphane Mériaux à la ferme Dupire

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Stéphane Mériaux

les 14 et 15 avril 2018 de10h à 19h

Galerie G Sailly

Ferme Dupire, 80 rue Y Decugis, Villeneuve d’Ascq, métro Triolo

vernissage le vendredi 13 avril 2018 à18h


Flyer pour le projet Radio Erena

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Le flyer à  imprimer et à distribuer dans votre entourage

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La radio que j’aime : webmix web radios ! Actu N° 6 sur La Trousse à Projets

4 04 2018


?Webmix ? Keske C ? Diraient nos ados en langage SMS. 

Si vous voulez trouver le lien d’un annuaire pour comprendre le langage SMS , le langage d’jeuns c’est ICI

Un webmix : c’est un « mix », un mélange de ressources numériques sur un sujet précis. Le webmix web radios collèges lycées se présente sous la forme d’un rectangle avec des cases cliquables. Chaque case sur laquelle vous cliquez affiche le site d’une web radio réalisée par des élèves de collèges et de lycées, ou un podcast d’une web radio.

Ces podcasts ou ces émissions sont des ressources que je fais découvrir aux élèves ou aux collègues qui participent au projet, ou que je vais leur faire écouter prochainement.  Ces émissions ont un rapport avec le projet Radio Erena   : micro trottoirs, montage d’interviews, interview en langue anglaise avec traduction et montage, interview d’un élève d’origine syrienne qui est réfugié en France et qui poursuit ses études en lycée (il raconte son périple de migrant)…Ce sont également des ressources pédagogiques que les enseignants notamment les professeurs documentalistes peuvent utiliser en cours : les ateliers de RFI sur les micro trottoirs ou la technique de l’interview. 

La radio s’écoute ! Je vous propose de nous accompagner dans notre aventure radiophonique. 

Ne vous inquiétez pas : mon webmix dont la capture d’écran ci-dessous n’affiche que quelques cases  va se remplir au fur et à mesure de mes surfs sur le web !  Vous n’aurez rien à faire pour suivre : le webmix s’actualisera au fur et à mesure. Conservez le lien ou cliquez sur ce lien 

Webmix Web Radios collèges et lycées?


Actualité n°5 sur La Trousse à Projets

4 04 2018


Vive émotion au collège Camille Claudel

Une professeure documentaliste placée en garde à vue ! 

Le billet de blog


Une fake news ? Plutôt un billet de blog satirique, humoristique, écrit par la prof-doc du collège.  Les fake news ou  » fausses informations » pullulent sur le web. C’est une des missions des journalistes de vérifier les informations,  de ne pas diffuser d’informations non vérifiées. Les journalistes de  Radio Erena attendent parfois 10 jours avant de diffuser une information : ils vérifient son authenticité.

Les sites satiriques abondent aussi sur la toile. Les plus connus comme  The Onion ou le Gorafi rencontrent un franc succès. Comment les reconnaître ? Facile : vous pouvez consulter   » à propos » sur ces sites, ou lire les mentions légales. Ces sites parodiques précisent qu’ils diffusent une information totalement fausse : des Infaux. Vous voulez aller plus loin ? Apprendre à repérer Info ou Infaux ? Le guide du CLEMI est fait pour vous !


Le guide du CLEMI


Peut-on aiguiser l’esprit critique des élèves et donc de nos futurs journalistes de Radio Camille en leur faisant écrire des fake news, des canulars ? C’est vivement recommandé ! D’ailleurs, mon billet de blog a bien fait rire les élèves de l’atelier médias. Certains ont même commencé la rédaction d’une fake news. Je vous en livre la substance : quoi de mieux qu’un carnaval pour motiver les élèves et les enseignants à mieux travailler ? Notre principal vient de prendre une décision qui fera date dans notre collège. Qui sait peut-être qu’un prix d’innovation pédagogique sera décernée à cette initiative inédite! Les élèves de l’atelier médias ont prévu une interview avec notre principal monsieur Chanu.

À lire prochainement sur La Trousse à Projets. 

Un peu de lecture avant de nous quitter : c’est une ordonnance du docteur Bidon, une prescription pour débusquer les Infaux. Rendez-vous sur la page d’accueil d’un  site d’ Infaux, conçu par des élèves de lycée avec l’aide de leur enseignante, le site [email protected]

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Une nouvelle dose de vaccin ? Un peu de patience avant la deuxième prescription du docteur Bidon !!