The opening conference: Edwy Plenel was asked to discuss the present-day issues noticeable in the society based on these keywords: democracy, participation, citizenship, dream…. and also to share with us his point of view concerning the major societal challenges and how such movements as ours should prepare in regard to them.
The public opening. During this session we will host the regional guests. The session is intended as a time to reaffirm our identity of a movement of New Education, our foundations and our values. This time will also allow reaffirming the permanent commitment of our movement on major present-day issues. Besides, it will provide with the framework for the Congress and the logic of different contents, as the importance of the construction by each participant of his/her own path during the event (location: Amphitheatre Weil).
Round table debates
Educational success, continuity and consistency of time and space, education has become a collective issue, a social issue.
In times of distrust that amplifies towards the Institutions of the Republic and in times of doubts regarding the ability to influence the course of events, the school and more importantly all the educational spaces must one again become fertile lands of trust, of community life and empowerment to act promoting the construction of the civic identity.
We know that the answers to the challenges of today are of social, ideological and educational origins.
The round table debates will permit to address the following issues:
In recent year what have been social was succeeded by economic and educational issues, the reality is complex….
The project of our movement of the New Education is in itself a political project of social transformation and of emancipation of citizens. When we talk of education today we are not necessarily talking of emancipation…
The challenges that we are facing today are noticeable in both the curricular and extracurricular areas. If we had to extract, identify, prospect the 3 major challenges for a movement as ours in the future…
Laïcité, ideological references and challenges on the ground
Laïcité is currently a significantly discussed topic… The conference held by philosopher Henri Pena-Ruiz at the European Festival of movies of education in Evreux could be seen as the basis for our reflections. However, we have an ambition concerning this topic in the framework of the Congress: this is the ambition of becoming able to make a link between conceptions, ideological approach and the challenges we face on the field. The 800 activists who will participate in the Congress are all the stakeholders in the domain of education: teachers, youth workers, social workers, and educators. We need to make these ‘bridges’, these links, in order to determine, to agree, on the educational stances in the daily life. In the history of our movement we have produced several reflections on the topic, however, we must advance concerning the articulation of the conceptions (differing among the activists of CEMEA) and our experiences carried and supported by our teams every day.
Europe & International, European Issues by 2020
The geographical and political construction of the European Union, the social events that took place during the last four years (the Arab spring and the wars that followed, the economic crisis in Europe, and so on), administrative restructuration of France are only few of the different elements to apprehend the complex context in which we live. Which markers and major trends are at work?
In understanding this complex context, CEMEA distinguish three main issues: education and its instrumentalisation; the contradictory injunction between the promotion of mobility and the rejection of migration; the territory and the territories.
10 years after « les temps libérés », what future for the collective leisure time?
This activity concerns sharing the elements from the latest researches or studies (the place of the collective practices in the field of leisure and non formal education in the broader field of leisure time; who chooses and based on what criteria: families, children or young adults? what evolutions today?) but also, based on this data, to attempt to make a ‘prospective’ analysis of what we perceive as the very future for stakeholders of collective leisure and non formal education.
Psychotherapy and institutional pedagogy: Reinventing possible!
Institutional psychotherapy and intitutional pedagogy are practices, which are not only used in institutions like schools, psychiatric and healthcare institutes .This practices have a political and pedagogical dimension and constitute a reference for our movement. In everyday life, spaces for dialogue, we call institutions, are created. These institutions developp and transform themselves, in the framework created by the speech and opinion of the group but although of each member. They are spaces for building the “living together” and its environment.
Faced with the liberal management at work in some institutions, and without any nostalgia, the support group or the council set up at school, in social centers, in healthcare or psychiatryc institutes, provide meaning. They are places that connect people, where the desire comes alive, where the receptacle’s function of the institutional speech occurs. The aim is to reflect on what purpose does it serve and which kind of speech do we talk about. Then weaves for people, the process of disalienation from their own institution. The CEMEA can promote the emergence and creation of these institutions to survive, create, think and resist related to institutional psychotherapy, institutional pedagogy.
What place for the cultural practices today in the life of the city?
Based on the following questions ‘which place today for artistic practices in the life of the city ? And how? Why shall we support and promote artistic practices ? And how?’ we might open a reflection on the issues such as artistic production and reception of artistic propositions in a perspective of social transformation.
‘CEMEA of the Overseas’, the specificities and collective echoes
This round table debate aims at raising awareness, at sharing among congress’s participants the reality of regional associations of CEMEA from Overseas, in their singularities but also in their echoes with the movement of CEMEA. This is the opportunity as well to reflect collectively on how these associations from Overseas are an enrichment for all members of CEMEA in a context of globalization and in a necessary alterity with tothers in their social, cultural and political dynamics.
Movement of education and development
The collective work done in the research on ‘Education and Development’ aims at contributing to qualify, to name and to better identify the processes of development set up by the movement of education. We expect that a serious identification of this paradigm of intervention of CEMEA will contribute to build a strategic development and in this manner to face to the situations of crisis by taking into account the production activity.
The aim is less to look for ‘the’ solution, ‘the right method’ or worse, ‘the good practice’, than to identify and treat the aspects that will permit our movement, our association, to set in positive tension the relation between the political, social and institutional contexts in constant evolution and our identity and activities. The aim is to think and then to act ‘the’ development, ‘our’ development, the one that we will have chosen.