Labcitoyen 2018 [fr]

If you’re 20-26 years old, speak French and you’re involved in promoting human rights and education, you could win a trip to represent New Zealand at LabCitoyen in Paris in July! Applications close on March 30, so be in quick.

PNG The winning entrant will attend Labcitoyen 2018 in Paris from July 1-9.

Application deadline: March 30 2018

About LabCitoyen

LabCitoyen is a programme focussed on major human rights themes. It is hosted by the Institut Français de Paris

From July 1-9, about 60 committed young citizens from five continents who speak or are learning French will discuss major themes and debate international ideas.

LabCitoyen’s 2018 theme is "education and human rights".
It aims to deal with the following topics:

• Education and development : raising literacy, reducing inequalities, women’s autonomy, and strengthening social cohesion.
• Education and health.
• Human rights education: working for gender equality, against racism, exercising citizenship, children’s rights.
• Education and access to employment: professioal teaching and training, francophonie, adult education.
• Strengthening education systems: public policy and national strategy, innovative education funding.

Selection criteria

- New Zealand citizens

- 20 to 26 years old

- French speaking level of B1 or above ( DELF B1 or equivalent).
- show civic involvement (volunteering, political, humanitarian, civic or union) around the theme of "education and human rights"

Travel dates to Paris:

1-9 July 2018

All expenses are covered for the winning entrant, including international flights, accommodation, meals, transport, acitivities and insurance.

How to apply

Send a copy of the photo page of your New Zealand passport and a filesharing link of your video to by March 30.

What your video should contain
What: A short introduction to the selection committee about yourself.

Content: a) a brief comment in English introducing yourself (name, school/job/university, family);
b) a short description in French of something you are passionate about and your social involvement
c) a short explanation in French of why you want to take part in LabCitoyen in France

How: Stand and talk to camera, be natural, no notes, talk from your heart! Let the committee get to know you; mistakes in French don’t matter.

Format: Record a video file, on your phone is fine.

Duration: 2 minutes minimum.

Deliver the finished video to by Monday 30 March 2018

Final results :
by 6 April 2018 before 6 pm, published on the the French Embassy website as well as a personal confirmation by email.

Congratulations Harriet Willis and Augusta Cohen! You have been selected to represent New Zealand at Labcitoyen 2018!

Harriet Willis is from Wellington, New Zealand. Currently a student in law and development studies at Victoria University of Wellington, Harriet has a keen interest for legal rights and specifically for educating new citizens about their rights. She is also a dedicated volunteer and regularly organizes meetings to inform refugees about their rights in New Zealand. As part of a six-month mission with the Red Cross she has also helped a family of Iraqi refugees settle in New Zealand. As a New Zealander Harriet has also developed an awareness for the rights of indigenous people. In particular, she studies the history and legal impacts of the Treaty of Waitangi and would like to support the teaching of Te Reo Māori nationwide.

“ I am looking forward to meeting young people from around the world and to sharing and learning from each other’s different experiences relative to Human Rights.” Harriet Willis, New Zealand representative for the 2018 LabCitoyen program.

Augusta Cohen is currently in her fifth year of study at the University of Auckland, working towards a Bachelor of Law (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in French and Politics.

During her final year of high school in 2013, Augusta co-founded Educating Girls Globally ( – a charity with the mission of improving the quality of and access to education in developing countries. Thanks to the funds raised by schools and universities across seven countries, Educating Girls Globally have been able to complete a number of construction projects at schools, as well as at Dzaleka Refugee camp in Malawi.

In the meantime, Augusta is also an active member of the executive committee of Equal Justice Project (EJP). She is responsible for running an education programme in lower-decile schools around Auckland, with the goal of ensuring that everyone has equal access to information regarding their legal rights.

Dernière modification : 18/05/2018

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