Imagine Schools program in Vietnam: Session 1

Imagine Schools program in Vietnam: Session 1


Session 1

Le Projet Imagine is coming to Vietnam!


Nhan Dao School - Tuesday, December 17th

On Saturday, December 14th, the team from PE&D (Planète Enfants & Développement) organized the first session of the Imagine Project in Vietnam at Hung Vuong Public Vocational Training Centre in Ho Chi Minh City District 5. 29 students from four different study programs participated, and jointly developed the framework for the class.

First, a few words about the Vocational Training Center in Hung Vuong: this center welcomes 1000 students each year, between the ages of 13 and 18, who can take a variety of training courses ranging from graphic design to metallurgy, precision machining and electronics. Since 2013, PE&D has been working in partnership with the Hung Vuong center to implement its projects for vulnerable young people.

This being the case, it is only natural that PE&D worked with this school to launch the Imagine Project in Vietnam. The Imagine Schools Program aims to promote the development of younger generations through personal involvement and by enabling them to discover their capacity to act for a more inclusive and sustainable society. The first 7 sessions will be held from December 2019 to March 2020, and should enable students to become aware of certain social issues such as climate change, gender inequalities and migration, while at the same time developing social skills and better self-knowledge. Students will then be asked to complete a project for the next 13 sessions on a topic they will have chosen.


During this first session, we presented the project: goals, expectations and purpose! PE&D teams also announced to the students that they were in contact with GameLoft to organize the ceremony to reward the students’ projects, and this news boosted their enthusiasm.

After a personal presentation by every student, they organized into 4 groups, choosing to name them Phoenix, FBI, Marvel and The Men Who Colored Life. Then they worked together on developing an Imagine School Charter. They were very creative in sharing their ideas and were aware of the fundamental principles of savoir-vivre. Every group has added certain rules that are important to them:

The first group, Phoenix, wants all members to be courteous, avoid using their mobile phones in class, collect waste and maintain their clean work environment. They added that if a person felt tired, they could rest, but out of sight of the other students so as not to disturb the class. FBI shares the ideas of their comrades and for them, it is important not to browse malicious sites in class. Members of the Marvel Group have a definite social conscience and suggested banning plastic, turning off the engine of their motorcycle when entering school premises, and wearing a helmet on the road. Finally, for the last group, vulgar behaviors (swearing, scratching their nose, etc.) should be banned and conflicts avoided.

Every person is then given a role: cleaning the class, making sure rules are recorded and complied with, buying fruit or biscuits for tea break, contacting Professor Danh (club manager) if necessary, etc.


The students then performed the “coat of arms” exercise. This game pushes them to think about current and social issues that directly affect them: which cause is important to us? Why? What is stopping us from working for this cause? How can we overcome obstacles in order to act?


They then exchanged on the topics close to their hearts and we noticed that this kind of discussion is relatively new for students. At the beginning of the session, it was difficult for them to express their point of view, but now they are more easily able to put words on their ideas and share them.


Students are then invited to reflect on the hummingbird legend:


“While a fire was burning up the Amazon rainforest, all the animals were fleeing. All of them, except the hummingbird. The hummingbird would go fetch a few drops of water in its beak, pour the water over the fire, and then start all over again. An armadillo shouted out, “What are you doing, hummingbird? You won’t be able to put out the fire by yourself. And the hummingbird replied, “Maybe, but at least I will have done my part.”

Some groups show a strong interest in environmental issues: they are very concerned about environmental pollution and in particular about the problem of waste in the city. They are also very concerned about the use of addictive substances and road safety.

At the end of the session, 24 students signed up to become regular members of the club.

First session in Nhan Dao 17th December

This Tuesday 17th December PE&D team organized our first Imagine session in Nhan Dao Vocational Training School on Establishing the framework for Imagine sessions. The event was attended by 24 students from 2 majors: Graphic Design and Information Technology. We began the session with some warm up games: students took turn to introduce themselves and name the food they like. After that Mr Hoa introduced the project Imagine, the story of Madame Frédérique Bedos and how Le Projet Imagine was conceived. The students then learned about the prize ceremony to be held at GameLoft, which picked their interest because they have all heard of the company. 

Mr Hoa then presented the Commitment Shield and have students brainstorm on the social issues they care about. The topics they thought of were very diverse: road safety, littering, robberies & thieves, sexual abuses, HIV/AIDS, unplanned pregnancies that resulted from early sexual intercourses…

It came the time for students to make individual presentations of their ideas. Through pass-the-ball game Mr Hoa selected 3 students to present on their chosen topics: Can (nickname Shiro) introduced the issue of sexual abuse, especially in public spaces – which result in social disorder. Can has not thought of the challenges to resolve this issue but this was a good start. Next, Tuong Vy presented the topic of environmental pollution. This leads to rising risks of diseases among the population. The challenges Vy suggested was lack of commitment from the public, which can be overcome through more awareness raising activities. Up next, Ngoc Son discussed the issue of robberies & thieves.

According to Son, the prevalence of this issue might degrade Vietnam’s reputation. He proposed to have more volunteers to catch thieves, as people believe catching thieves is the job of the police force. Son believed that in order to overcome this issue we need to make the public understand that this social problem is of the whole community. After the activity everyone listened to the story about the Humming Bird, and repeated the commitment phrase “At least I will do my part” while passing a ball around.

The students then write the charter for Imagine Club together. The whole class discussed among each other to finally came to the agreement on 9 rules: 1) members should respect each other, 2) should not do other thing not related to class activities; 3) not using cellphones during class, 3) not littering, 4) not swearing, 5) go to the toilet too many times; 6) not stealing stuffs from the library and 7) mocking one another; instead one should 8) respect the speakers and 9) collaborate with each other. 

Members then divide themselves into group of 4-5 to brainstorm the names & slogans and elect a leader for their group. At the end of this activities, we had 5 groups: The three musketeers and a horse (Increase your personal value), The Happy Spies (Everyone is a friend), the Ba Roi Beo (Slogan: For a greener, no-toxic work), the Wibu Never Life (Every creature is a friend, except social evils) and the Whatevers (As long as we are happy). Finally, they signed their names to the membership list and wrapped up the session with a song.


Jean Vanier, the Sacrament of Tenderness finally available on DVD and VOD!


Jean Vanier, the Sacrament of Tenderness
finally available on DVD and VOD!

23 octobre 2019

You were waiting for it, here it is! The film Jean Vanier, the Sacrament of Tenderness is finally available on DVD and in video on demand, after an exceptional movie presence with 7 months in movie theaters in France, Belgium and Luxembourg, and a total so far of some 53,000 viewers. This is a record. And it is well-deserved, because this film, which highlights Jean Vanier’s compassion and his fight for a more inclusive and more humane society, shows how this great man, literally and figuratively, challenged taboos and got personally involved to enable people with intellectual disabilities to live with dignity. Until his last breath, Jean remained convinced of the need to convey his message of peace and love to as many people as possible. And when Frédérique Bedos showed that she would be faithful to his message, he then entrusted her with the task of making his voice resonate for a long time.




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A perfect gift for others… And for yourself… 

DVD 1 : the full feature version (1h33)

DVD 2 : More than 2 hours’ bonus: Several conferences, interviews, testimonials about Jean Vanier, the film and associations supporting people with disabilities. With the director Frédérique Bedos, who delivers us some secrets of the shooting, but also the participation of many other personalities.

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A film acclaimed by the public and the press


A powerful film that will grab you, and a great man who inspires respect.

A magnificent moment with the founder of the l’Arche homes. Le Figaro

From Calcutta to Bethlehem, this powerful footage conveys the ecumenical message of an exceptional man. Télérama

This testimony, filmed by the warm and inspired camera of Frédérique Bedos, is as captivating as an exciting adventure. FigaroScope


Jean Vanier, an Imagine Hero


e65afc11-3e5d-44f6-be20-474faf69a585In 2010, when Frédérique Bedos created The Imagine Project, she set out to meet Humble Heroes from around the world. One of them, with his extraordinary stature, moved her in a special way: Jean Vanier. While she had originally come for an interview, their talks continued. And despite almost 50 years difference in age, they developed a wonderful bond!
                                                       Looking back at a long friendship


An impressive track record 

World preview at the UN in New York


Looking back at the presentation of the film at the United Nations in New York


A viewing at the National Assembly


Read the article

And it doesn’t stop there…
The film premiere in Asia!

418fde89-26ed-41ad-950e-93ebccb606c8The adventure continues for our film! It will be presented in Singapore as part of the 35th edition of the French Film Festival which will be held from November 4 to 17.

Organized by the French Embassy in Singapore in collaboration with local distributors and partners, the festival will offer a program of 27 films including comedies, romances and dramas.

Each edition addresses topics that reveal the vulnerabilities that make us human. From first love to lost love, from personal identity to compliance with society’s expectations, from growing pains to crises in one’s forties, the festival will be giving viewers a real experience of emotional introspection.

Learn More about the Event

A look at our international news

A look at our international news


A look at our international news


Now that it’s “back to school” time, Le Projet Imagine is offering you a review of our latest international news…

Frédérique Bedos was a guest of honor at the 30th anniversary of the European Foundation Center in late May, and then went on to Brazil to meet Edenred employees for The IdealDay.

Happy Anniversary
to the European Foundation Center (EFC)!


61029613_2236854729697566_7093991237920751616_nFrom 22 to 24 May, the European Foundation Center (EFC), which includes 650 European foundations, associations and institutions, organized its annual congress in Paris in rather exceptional circumstances. The fact is that the organization came back to the French capital for the first time in 20 years for its 30th anniversary. Organized by the Fondation de France, which is also celebrating its anniversary this year, its 50th, this event was exceptionally prestigious: it brought together some 850 members in a symposium for a theme that was directly inspired by the motto of the home of human and citizens’ rights: “LIBERTY, EQUALITY, PHILANTHROPY”.

For three days, prominent figures such as Robert Badinter (former Minister of Justice and former President of the Constitutional Council), Plantu (press cartoonist and President of the association Cartooning for Peace), Lionel Zinsou (former Prime Minister of Benin), Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah (Director General of Oxfam, Great Britain) and Ghada Hatem (Ob-gyn and founder of the House of Women) took to the podium to discuss all the issues that European foundations are engaged in: freedom of expression, the migration crisis, new forms of solidarity and inclusion… Many workshops and plenary sessions gave delegates an opportunity to share, debate and reflect on new ideas and approaches to address the challenges of our time: inequality, climate change, the rise of populism…


Frédérique Bedos was given the privilege of delivering the closing speech for the event. In front of this audience of committed actors, she presented Le Projet Imagine, the Humble Heroes Project, recalling in particular the importance of journalism as a pillar of democracy. The audience, being particularly attuned to the topics that our NGO is committed to, namely otherness, social justice and world peace, was enthusiastic, giving her speech a prolonged standing ovation.

See you next year in Vienna, for the 31st edition!

Ideal Day in Brazil with Edenred


Every year, Edenred’s 8,500 employees in 46 countries dedicate a whole day to supporting local communities to help improve their quality of life: it’s called “Idealday”. Replanting trees, helping underprivileged youth or developing digital inclusion programs for the elderly… there’s no shortage of ways to help! Above all, the aim for employees is to engage in solidarity actions by contributing their skills to serve the community. An initiative that the Humble Heroes Project warmly supports.

25612df3-a0e9-4955-912a-3201a6e733b4As part of the three-year partnership we signed last April with the world’s leading payment solutions company in the world of work, Frédérique Bedos was invited this year on IdealDay to meet the Edenred teams in Brazil, which account for almost a quarter of the Group’s employees.

This stay in Sao Paulo was particularly intense: Idealday here lasts three full days! Not only did Frédérique speak to various audiences, but she also went along with different Edenred teams as they engaged in their charitable activities.

For instance, some had chosen to provide support to young people in need of social integration at the Instituto Familia Barichello, a karting track created by the famous Brazilian Formula 1 driver by the same name. Frédérique met William Boudakian De Oliveira, the Institute’s Executive Director, a wonderful person who has worked for more than 20 years with young people in serious difficulty (to the right, next to the image).


Several talks by Frédérique were organized both within the company – with the presence of Edenred Brazil’s Senior Management in their premises in Sao Paulo, and the employees of the Repom site in Alphaville – and outside of the company.


fffOur founder was invited to speak on gender and diversity issues at the University of Sao Judas, and met with keen interest with the members of the Instituto Ser (Be More), an NGO that helps young people (16/25 years) who are socially vulnerable to pursue specific studies and training in order to develop their potential and promote their professional integration.

Find out more (article in Portuguese)


On this occasion, she was able to experiment with a board game that was especially developed by the Edenred Brazil CSR* and Innovation Teams in order to raise awareness of gender equality. A great way to talk about sensitive issues in a relaxed environment.

*Corporate Social Responsibility


A video of this Brazilian trip:

miniature video idealday

Peace: a modern challenge!

Peace: a modern challenge!


Peace: a modern challenge!



From left to right: J-Y. Le Drian, S. Waslekar, H. Morin, M. El Baradei, F. Bedos et F-X. Priollaud


Peace is a suspended dream.”

Kofi Annan, 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations, 1938 – 2018


unnamed-2-150x150On June 4th and 5th, ahead of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy, the second edition of the “Normandy for Peace” World Forum took place in Caen. A total of 230 speakers – diplomats, intellectuals, researchers, activists from all over the world and NGO representatives – gathered there to exchange on the topic of “The Peacemakers”. A subject that is especially dear to the heart of Frédérique Bedos, member of the Forum’s Scientific and Strategic Committee.





”Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.”

John Donne (1572-1631)


In continuance of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto of 1955 which, at the heart of the Cold War, challenged the world by asking the question: “Will we end the human race, or will humanity renounce war?”, the Forum’s Scientific Committee examined the relevance of drafting a new peace manifesto.

Never has the risk of extinction of all life on earth been so high. This finding is shared with various civil society figures committed to unnamed-232x300peace, such as the president of the Indian think tank, the Strategic Foresight Group (SFG), Sundeep Waslekar or the British philosopher, Anthony Grayling. With the help of the latter, the Committee was able to mobilize no less than four Nobel Peace Prizes: Jody Williams from the U.S.A. (1997 Nobel Peace Prize), who advocates for the prohibition of land-based anti-personnel mines, Mohamed El Baradei from Egypt (2005 Nobel Peace Prize), recognized for his efforts to promote nuclear non-proliferation around the world, Leymah Gbowee from Liberia (2011 Nobel Peace Prize), a Peace Activist in Africa, and Denis Mukwege (2018 Nobel Peace Prize 2018), Congolese surgeon and gynecologist who was awarded for his fight against sexual violence as a weapon of war.

All six put together their thoughts and their pens to draft the precious document on the day before the start of the Forum.

Emotions were running high when this call for a global awareness of the need for lasting peace on a global scale was presented to the public: the NORMANDY MANIFESTO FOR PEACE! Calling for the elimination of weapons of mass destruction and increased commitments to Sustainable Development, this manifesto lays the groundwork for a new global contract. It is up to us, citizens of the world, to sign it in order to encourage leaders to change course. Because, as Frédérique Bedos tirelessly says: “It is up to us to commit ourselves and act to build a better world. Because the world is Us! »



From left to right: D. Mukwege, J. Williams, S. Waslekar, L. Gbowee, A. Grayling, F. Bedos, F-X. Priollaud

We invite you to discover and sign this manifesto. It’s up to you!

Read the manifesto

I’m signing the manifesto



This year, Frédérique Bedos had the honor of co-hosting, together with Francois-Xavier Priollaud, Vice-President of the Normandy Region, the three plenary sessions of the Forum, namely:

  • “Humanizing peace: which actors?”
  • “The Paths of Peace: Mistakes and Success”
  • “Building a sustainable peace”



For two days, leading international experts were able to exchange in front of a large audience (6000 people came to the Abbey aux Dames location during the 2 days of the Forum). The discussions were passionate and candid, enabling us to address the questions that really matter: “Where is the essence of humanity when 8 to 9 people own half of the world’s wealth?” “How effective is the United Nations today?” “How can women and young people, more than half the population, still be kept away from the negotiating tables”… And we can see how huge the gap is between “winning the war” and “building peace”! Over and above the triumph of strength, the key factors for pacifying the planet still are development, mediation and prevention. But without a drastic reduction in inequality, the dialogue will remain a dead letter. It is therefore high time for human communities to move from confrontation to cooperation.


Find out more about the plenary debates





In the 21st century, in the age of the Internet and global immediacy, false information can destabilize international relations, sometimes intentionally. Because there is an urgent need to reflect on the role of the media, the Forum specifically addressed the problem of “fake news” through a dialogue between Marie-Christine Zaragoza, CEO of the audiovisual Group France Media Monde and Frédérique Bedos on the topic of: “News and destabilization, what can the media do”.


In response to questions from our founder, Mrs. Zaragoza especially highlighted the key aspect, namely the independence of the media, and the importance of educating young people about images. These are considerations that are at the heart of the analysis within our independent information NGO, since it is only funded by donations and is particularly involved with young people, especially through its ‘Imagine Schools’ programmed. But above all, we are fully aware of the challenge of providing fair and honest information, the pillar of the democratic model, because a well-informed citizen is an enlightened citizen.




During the Forum, three films signed “Les Productions Imagine” were presented exclusively to the public. This series, entitled “A Testimony for Peace”, highlights the importance of memory, resilience and ultimately reconciliation, and they were warmly applauded.

We invite you to discover these moving stories:

A Testimony for Peace: André Landesman

A Testimony for Peace: Alaa Hossam Edine

A Testimony for Peace: Yara Al Asbani



A University Chair for Peace


While there are prestigious “War Schools” in many countries, there really is no such thing as “Peace Schools”. Consequently, the Forum ended with the announcement that a “Normandy for Peace in the World” university chair would be established in collaboration with the French national Research Administration – CNRS, and the University of Caen, in order to contribute to academic research and training for top-level researchers in the field of peace studies.

Scheduled for 2019/2020, the chair will welcome internationally recognized academics in law, political and social science, history and economics. In a privileged setting, they will be able to carry out their work in the fields of peace, security and conflict resolution, while at the same time participating in training PhD students.

The current holder of the “Normandy for Peace in the World” Chair is from the Philippines. Antonio A. Oposa Jr., is the first lawyer in the world to have won a lawsuit on behalf of future generations, namely the class action before the Philippine Supreme Court of 43 children against deforestation. Master Oposa sent a moving message to the public in two stages: 1/ “We can enjoy peace on earth because we will be at peace with the earth” and 2/ “We must no longer emphasize the bad news, but rather the good news.”


A plan which Project Imagine fully supports since its inception in 2010!

Dear Jean Vanier, Le Projet Imagine is honoring you!

Dear Jean Vanier, Le Projet Imagine is honoring you!

Dear Jean Vanier, Le Projet Imagine is honoring you!

Jean Vanier has left us, may the joy live on!
Jean Vanier’s funeral is today.

”The great man has moved on to other shores. For those like me who have been lucky enough to rub shoulders with him, it is a moment of great sorrow. You feel like an orphan. Jean had the stature of a father, a founding father, a prophet of our time.”

Frédérique Bedos

Jean Vanier, an Imagine hero

You know how close our organization was to this great man. From 2011 to 2019, for almost 10 years, we had the pleasure of sharing magical moments with him.

The most beautiful harvest from this friendship is undoubtedly the film we dedicated to him: “Jean Vanier, the Sacrament of Tenderness“. Released on January 9th in movie theaters, it is still showing 5 months later, thanks to you all.

Jean particularly loved this film, because to his last breath he remained convinced of the need to convey a message of peace and love to as many people as possible. Production for this film began in July 2013, when Jean was already 85 years old, and it fulfilled a goal of giving forward such a precious inheritance, of a life gifted in full to serve and defend those who are smallest, who are rejected and humiliated.


This is clearly a testament film that illustrates the thought of a man who fought for justice his entire life.

In the last months of his life, Jean lost his voice because he was suffering from thyroid cancer. Our film was released in movie theaters at the same time. This gave him real consolation and reassured him that his message would continue to be heard. More than anything, Jean feared that the message would die with the messenger.

As you will be able to read in this retrospective, Le Projet Imagine continues to spread this wonderful message all over the world. Don’t hesitate to help us continue our mission.

From Trosly to Bethlehem, from the UN in New York to the National Assembly in Paris, how far we have come together!

It all started with an interview...

In 2010, when Frédérique Bedos created Le Projet Imagine, she set out to meet the world’s Humble Heroes. One of them moved her very deeply, Jean Vanier, whom she considers to be a Mahatma (in Sanskrit, this means a great soul, like in Mahatma Gandhi). While she had originally come for an interview, their talks continued: they met, and became close friends! Between the two, a strange alchemy happened. Despite their nearly 50 years’ difference in age, they shared a keen sense of humanity and a deep joy that illuminated them. One day, Jean handed Frédérique a small sheep made of felted wool that came from a crèche made by the mentally deficient residing at l’Arche in Bethlehem. His blue eyes looked into her eyes, and he said “You have to go a step farther. You have to make a film that reflects the universal love that is given at l’Arche.” Frédérique understood that this film would take her much further than she ever imagined.

It would take her three long years to make what became a full-feature film, “Jean Vanier, The Sacrament of Tenderness”. With the help of teams entirely consisting of volunteers – may they be thanked once again! – she filmed whenever she could, whenever she had any budget: in Trosly-Breuil, in Paris, in Calcutta, in Bethlehem… In 2016, she completed an initial version of the film which she presented at the Colosseum in Roubaix during a big event organized in partnership with the association Le Souffle du Nord. Then began the search for a distributor, and this was a journey for a fighter because few companies dared to deal with a film on the topic of mental disability, with a hero who was nearly 90 years old!

Jean carefully followed the wanderings of his protégé, and Frédérique kept him regularly informed of her progress. Although Jean’s health was steadily declining, the bond between these two souls remained strong, and when the moment came when Frédérique was awarded the title of Knight of the National Order of Merit, it was only natural for her to turn to Jean: he would be the one to give her the Decoration.

A great institutional recognition, and so much emotion!

Three days after this ceremony, Jean had a heart attack. That was to be his last major public appearance.

“And now we all have work to do… Being peacemakers! I am moved by this film! It is up to each one of us to continue, wherever we are, to build peace, so that our world may become a world where there is more love and tenderness.” Jean Vanier

2016 - Roubaix, the very first

While Frédérique had just finished the initial editing of the film, the association Le Souffle du Nord offered to organize a major event at the Colosseum in Roubaix. The film wasn’t quite finalized, we just sent a simple newsletter to friends. 1,700 people scrambled to get into the theatre on that evening in January 2016! And the waiting list disappointed more than 400 people! The sheer enthusiasm that night was exceptional. For Frédérique, the evening had a special meaning because she was raised in Roubaix, and members of her adoptive family were present in the room. As for Jean Vanier who made the trip, he didn’t hide his emotion.


2017 - Screening in Cannes
and the beginning of media recognition

Then came the recognition from peers. In May 2017, the documentary was selected in the category “Best Positive Feature Documentary” at the Positive Cinema Week, during the Cannes Festival! This was great recognition for the film: The Positive Cinema Week highlights positively engaged cinema that changes our outlook on the world, alerts us and makes us want to act.

Because good news wants company, the distributor Jupiter Films came in on the adventure. On January 9th, 2019, the film was released in movie theaters in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg. After 3 weeks it was awarded best documentary by the audience on AlloCiné, and 5 months later it was still playing, thanks to extremely positive word of mouth.

2018 - An international premiere
at the United Nations in New York

In October 2018, the film’s international premiere took place at the UN in New York. The crowd gathered that evening in front of the gates of the venerable institution, and the session, which was held in the largest hall at the United Nations, the prestigious ECOSOC Room (600 seats), was full. At the end of the screening, a standing ovation greeted the film and the immense work it highlights.

A look back at the event

2019 - Union Night at the National Assembly

On April 2nd, on World Autism Awareness Day, MPs Beatrice Descamps and Anissa Khedher, Chairmen of the Handicap Inclusion Research Group, invited Le Projet Imagine to come, and present the film to the National Assembly in order to raise awareness about disability among MPs.

The political and not-for-profit world was well represented, with the presence of Céline Poulet, secretary-general of the Interministerial Committee on Disability (CIH), Luc Gateau, President of the UNAPEI.

Find out more

Jean has left us, but his message of kindness will remain alive as long as we pay it forward. It is now our task to pursue his fight against “the tyranny of normality”. With all you friends of Le Projet Imagine, let us work tirelessly to “turn the violence that lives within us all into Tenderness”.

Thank you Jean!

Le Projet Imagine makes a splash in Asia!

Le Projet Imagine makes a splash in Asia!


Le Projet Imagine makes a splash in Asia!


From March 17th to March 23rd, Frédérique Bedos visited Hong Kong and Singapore as part of the Semaine de la Francophonie, a week-long celebration of the French-speaking space.

A great opportunity to highlight Le Projet Imagine at the other end of the world!

3 intense days in Hong Kong

Landing in Hong Kong and with not a minute wasted, Frédérique Bedos was honored to be a guest speaker at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong (FCC), a prestigious club for top international journalists (NY Times, Reuters , BBC, South China Morning Post, Le Monde, etc.). In her talk on “Why is it an emergency to do Journalism of Hope?” Frédérique emphasized the editorial line that is special to the Imagine Project, which is informing with hope in a world that is polluted by fake news, conspiracy thinking and an atmosphere of widespread distrust of whatever comes from officialdom or institutions. Her talk was notice, and was followed by many questions that enabled Frédérique to even address the issue of media impact on radicalization and the fight against terrorism.

Video – see full presentation




Following this tup-level conference, Hong Kong’s flagship newspaper, the South China Morning Post (SCMP), decided to dedicate a front-page teaser and a full page to Le Projet Imagine – an extraordinary recognition on the part of such a highly respected daily paper.

We warmly thank journalist Kate Whitehead (see picture) for her interest and for this beautiful article (read online version below).





Frédérique Bedos also used the opportunity of this brief stay in Hong Kong to give other talks, including on women’s rights during a screening, followed by a debate, of her film “WOMEN AND MEN” at the Alliance Française of Hong Kong. As always, she liaised with organizations representing France abroad, such as the French Embassy.

3 days of madness in Singapore

Her marathon continued with 4 lectures in 3 days, including a masterclass at INSEAD and a film-debate at the French Lycée of Singapour. The students and their teachers were able to discover the film “WOMEN AND MEN“, as well as our Imagine School program. There were so many requests, that she was unfortunately unable to follow up on all of them … Definitely something to be organized the next time Frédérique comes back to this part of the world!

We are amazed by the interest in Le Projet Imagine on the other side of the world, both among personalities in the Francophone community, in NGOs, institutions and a broad swath of the general public.

This is without a doubt the beginnings of a beautiful base in Asia!

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