Terres en Mêlées (TEM) designs educational programmes through rugby and environmental education for children living in remote and marginalised areas. It trains and qualifies teachers and assists them in setting up sports and environmental education programmes for schools. It also organises sports and cultural events for children and trains and assists young teachers in developing educational activities in Madagascar. TEM is now present in Morocco, Togo, Burkina Faso and Madagascar and works closely with local and international players in designing and implementing educational projects tailored to local geographical and social conditions. Terres en Mêlées has been a partner of the Foundation since 2016.
Set up in January 2017, Rugby Solidaire develops educational programmes around rugby, culture and the environment by establishing links between French-speaking African countries and French territories. It tailors these programmes around different social and geographical contexts, helping to provide solutions for issues affecting and concerning young people in France and Africa. Rugby Solidaire operates in four countries (Madagascar, Morocco, Togo and Burkina Faso) for which it has established links with four French departments (Côte d’Azur, Haute Garonne, Ariège and Hérault respectively). Each project is led by French and African project leaders who work closely together coordinating the educational activities and volunteers in their territory. To ensure its success and reach as many people as possible, it specialises in training educators and teachers.
Its impact in communities in Africa and France is significant, particularly in terms of integrating young people and fighting discrimination. Its successes include a nationwide school rugby championship in Madagascar, a national Rugby Solidaire festival in Togo, a camp in Burkina Faso and a leisure centre in Morocco.
Terres en Mêlées, promoting education in Africa through rugby
Recognised by World Rugby in 2017, Terres en Mêlées has developed an innovative socio-educational programme that has been rolled out in Burkina Faso, Morocco, Madagascar and Togo. The association is one of the Societe Generale Foundation’s three priority partners in Africa. On 12 September 2018, the association received the Sport for Equality Award from the Beyond Sport Foundation in New York.
Second nationwide school rugby championship
After months of preparation with Malagasy Rugby and the National Education Minister, Terres en Mêlées has announced it will hold a second nationwide school rugby championship in Madagascar. The first stage took place in the presence of Alexandre Flanquart on 15, 16 and 17 June in Tuléar with secondary school teams from south-western regions of the island. Fianarantsoa, Tamatave, Ambanja and Tananarive will be the next stages before the final on 23 September at Malacam stadium in the capital.
1st Night of Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Madagascar
On 18 September, the Terres en Mêlées organisation, a partner of BFV-Société Générale since 2014, organised the 1st Night of Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Madagascar, an event that took place at the French Institute of Madagascar featuring six young committed women entrepreneurs. The film "La jeune fille au ballon ovale" (translated as "Marcelia and the ball"), a hymn to youth and sport in Madagascar, was also screened at the occasion.
For over 100 years, Societe Generale has been present in Africa and today counts activities in 18 countries. Beyond our commitment to local economies, the Group also supports and partners numerous charitable associations and projects through its Foundation and other local initiatives encouraging, for example, professional integration, the fight against social insecurity and skills development.
Apart from these three main associations, Societe Generale also supports other associations in other African countries involved in professional or educational integration activities and projects enabling integration through sports and cultural activities. These activities form part of our bank's social mission for the development of Africa.