The CLAC ( Club de Lecture et d'Animation Culturelle) is a joint venture between the Ministry of Arts and Culture, the Agence de la Francophonie and the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Senior Citizen Welfare and Reform Institutions. The Latter Provides only Building Facilities to house the Project. The aim of the project is to set up a network of Centres de Lecture et d'Animation Culturelle, (CLAC), in Villages. Out of this, eight CLAC Projects have been opened within the premises of Social Welfare Centres:
- Rivière du Rempart
- Grand Bois
- Chemin Grenier
- St Pierre
- Bel Air
- Long Mountain
The CLACs at Social Welfare Centres, under the responsibility of Library Assistants employed by SILWF and CLAC Officers of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Human Resources, are operational on week-days between 12.00 to 5.00 p.m. and on Saturdays between 9.00 a.m. to noon. All the eight CLACs are now under the complete supervision of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Human Resources.
The objectives are:
a) To develop reading habit among the rural population.
b) To promote the spread of knowledge, information, education and culture.
c) To provide information and material to assist those involved in adult and continuing education.
d) To encourage leisure and recreational,cultural and artistic activities.
e) To enhance interest in literature, drama, arts, music and dance.
A Comité de Soutien composed of welfare officers, library staff and committee members from each Social Welfare Centre and local volunteers conversant with library and cultural activities also give support to the project. An average of 500 subscribers enjoy the facilities of each CLAC and participate in various cultural activities such as music sessions, bread festival, Journée de la Francophonie, creativity programmes, animation etc.