The Rimbaud & Verlaine Foundation wishes to encourage new generations of school children in secondary schools in the UK to engage with French language and culture, providing educational opportunities, raising aspirations and broadening horizons.
In particular, it wishes to engage with young people from areas of social and economic deprivation, providing them with opportunities which they might not otherwise have possessed. No 8 Royal College Street, the house formerly occupied by the French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, is situated in the heart of Camden, and it is hoped that the poetry house will in due course provide an important educational resource for young people from local schools in what is an area of special educational need.
The Foundation also hopes to produce educational materials using poetry and suitable for the teaching of French language and culture and tailor-made to fit in with the requirements of the National Curriculum.
London is a larger French city than Bordeaux, with over 300,000 French inhabitants. The Foundation also intends to reach out to the French schools in the capital, some of which are situated near to the poetry house in North London, and to provide local pupils with a London-based experience of their native French culture.
In France, and other French-speaking countries, the Foundation intends to develop reciprocal programmes, introducing young people to English language and culture through the medium of poetry.
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