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National Federation of AEFTI (Teaching and Learning Association for immigrants workers and their family)

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The National Federation of AEFTI no longer exists.

The National Federation of the Teaching and Training Associations for immigrants workers and their family (Federation AEFTI) is a network of non-profit associations who has for fundamental purpose to fight against illiteracy, and to promote the right for all to train and qualify themselves.

The National Federation of AEFTI gathers 9 AEFTI associations from Paris Metropolitan Region, Ardennes, Marne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Savoy, Sâone-et-Loire and Picardie.

Each association is independent and offers training session aimed at the linguistic, social and professional integration.

Work environment

More about AEFTI associations according to their location.

Fédération AEFTI

Aims, Mission and Goals

AEFTI Federation and its members have as fundamental purpose to fight against illiteracy, and to promote the right for all to train and qualify themselves. The AEFTIs contribute together, within the Federation, to develop:

  1. their capacities of reflexion, orientation, study, research, and implementation.
  2. the training on all levels to allow the social and professional integration of marginalized people so that they can take fully part in social, economical, political and trade union-related activities.

Structure of the institution

The National Federation is established in Montreuil. It does not welcome learners but coordinates the relationships between the local AEFTI. It’s funded by the DAIC (Directorate for welcoming, integration and citizenship) and ACSE (National agency for social cohesion and equal opportunities).

The AEFTI Network counts approximately 300 tutors who, when they teach French as a foreign language, are in possession of a Master of Education in teaching French as a foreign/second language or can put forward a great experience in the field.

Current lines of work

Each year, the federation organises a seminar. This year it was held in Paris (House of Europe) on 9 December 2010. The theme was the position of the learner in the training.

Le colloque sur la place de l'apprenant dans la formation Seminar on the position of the learner in the training

This was also the chosen theme of the two inter-AEFTI meetings (RIA). The RIA consist in workshops where trainers train themselves and think about their practices. Resources persons are invited and trainers are invited to exchanges about their practices. Together they produce documents from which the entire AEFTI network will benefit.

Furthermore, the federation has a working group “research-action” that work to develop tools for literacy and the training of trainers.

The federation also produces publications, one directed to everyone (Savoirs et Formation) and a scientific journal reviewed by academics (Savoirs et Formation : Recherches et Pratiques).

Examples of achievements

  • publications, organisation of numerous events linked with training (seminars, conferences,…)
  • research and analysis (e.g : DILF impact in the AEFTI)
  • recognized expert in the literacy field for the public policies
  • involved in numerous projects with other associations
    • Smart Project with Va Savoirs association to study the training tools
    • linguistic training Plateform
    • Eur-Alpha where we are leader of the scientific Committee Trainers’s Training


  • An annual scientific Journal. First issue : “Adult literacy : theoretical, andragogic and didactic questions”
  • 4 issues of the Savoirs et Formation journal per year + a special issue on a specific theme (catalogue)
  • Tools for literacy training. For example : the writing tool box (10 training module in relation with the daily life of the learners)
  • A monthly newsletter within the AEFTI network called “the letter of the AEFTIs”

Savoirs et Formation Journal

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Education and Culture DG