Who are the Jeunes Travailleurs Paysans (Young Workers of the Land)?

The Jeunes Travailleurs Paysans (JPP) is an organisation with origins in a Catholic youth movement named KIRO. For Chavannes, this movement lacked an important factor: involving young people in cultivating the land.

A short history

Wanting to start a youth movement with objectives beyond those of KIRO, encouraging young people to take part in manual activities, and especially cultivation, the decision to form a group was made in 1979. The JPP movement has its own organisation, including smaller groups, local, youth and central assemblies. Coordinating committees lead the movement, with group leaders, and local, zone and central coordination committees. Members are entitled to attend all MPP assemblies and the JPP constitutes one third of the delegation at the central assembly and congress.

The three-tier organisation of JTP

• PPJTP (Pre-Nursery) Children attend between the ages of 5 and 10. Special programmes of activities are arranged for them.
• PJTP (Nursery) Children accepted between the ages of 10 and 15. A special programme is similarly developed.
• JTP From the age of 15, young people can be part of the JTP, officially until the age of 30. However, young people under 30 can nonetheless become MPP leaders, as has happened three times in its history, with young people named General Secretary, the highest level of leadership within the organisation.

Centres of action

The JTP have developed programmes related to young people’s lives, such as sex education, sport and music. They coordinate MPP’s cultural activity, including song, dance and music. They are also part of the company IBOBOLE, at the heart of this organisation, spreading its philosophy through song, dance, poetry and theatre. The MPP chooses the most committed participants for university scholarships, coming back to the organisation to work for a five year period afterwards. They can of course, and the MPP hopes they remain for the rest of their lives.

The youth groups carry out the same social, economic and political projects as the MPP: they are the future of the movement, the hope for the new society that the MPP is fighting for.

There are now 700 youth groups with a total of around 10,000 members!

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