18th Congress of the International Training Association and Family Education Research (AIFREF)





We are pleased to inform you that the next AIFREF Congress, the eighteenth, will take place in Martinique.

Theme : Education and Resilience

Co-Presidents :

– Charles Celenice
– Odile Marcelin François Haugrin
– Corinne Mence-Caster
– Aimé-Charles Nicolas

Address :

Hotel La Batelière
20, des Alizés St.
97233 – Schoelcher

Dates : from Wednesday, May 15 to Friday, May 17, 2019

Why participate in the AIFREF Congress in Martinique ?

  • First, for its content directly focused on two fundamental concepts of human development : education and resilience.

The theme chosen for the AIFREF Congress in Martinique illustrates more than ever a continuity between traditions and relevant innovations to ensure the future.

Education is part of history, in the eventful times that mark the places where it is dispensed.

It is just as specific according to the ecosystem levels at which it is practiced : it touches both institutional microcosms and various enlarged networks. It therefore appears to be a complex project in which many educational projects and various priority values intersect. These values are related to the concept of the human being, its purposes, goals, objectives and decisions. Many studies show that a lasting crisis tends to destabilize our social and educational worlds. Then, such a crisis provokes the race towards school reforms whose results do not prove to be conclusive at all. The findings of school failure and social inequality persist again and again. Parents, teachers and socio-medical-educational professionals declare themselves increasingly disarmed. Some children and adolescents may also seem confused. Doubt and uncertainty seem to have invaded all strata of society. Therefore, it is not surprising to see many people go on alert, raise issues, call for emancipation struggles and give specific directions to the society of the future, by betting on a variety of positive, humanistic and democratic experiences. On the other hand, historical and recent realities that have proved less than pleasing call for a fruitful synergy for the development of children and adults and to revive the collective hope for a better quality of life.

The success of an educational project requires the establishment of relevant mechanisms to structure key roles, anticipate risks, strengthen the capacity of education systems and save lives, all while promoting positive behavioral evolution. In these conditions, education becomes a factor of protection, of the promotion of the person and of social cohesion, thus triggering developmental processes, even of resilience in the face of the adversities which punctuate any life course.

Our existence is indeed full of trials, obstacles, even traumas. This is the human condition. However, after each adversity, we must resume our development (resistance) or a new development (resilience). This process – of resistance, of resilience – is possible provided that we find, in our surround, enablers of development or resilience. The social, educational, medical, cultural, artistic, and athletic institutions, the family, the school … can constitute educational institutions which, by favoring the attachment, the stimulation, the consideration …, allow the wounded of life to pull through. Resilience can be individual and / or communal. In any case, it is a matter of creating a “tutoring” environment to avoid “de-resilience “, which is the renunciation of any prospect of positive psychosocial development (delinquency, drugs, suicide…). Education and resilience lead to the emancipation of the human being. They are the implemented processes of change that the AIFREF Congress in Martinique wishes to study, deepen and stimulate.


Presentation of sub-themes

The Caribbean presents some problems, even some traumas, which, although encountered in other countries, are specific to them or manifest themselves with particular acuity. This is notably the case of traces left by slavery and colonialism. The Congress “Education and Resilience” is an opportunity to enrich all through the innovative research, reflection and actions in education that will be proposed in order to allow injured people to pull through.

The following sub-themes are part of the link between education and resilience.


Resilience and Society

Given the cultural and societal characteristics of the Caribbean, some research and action deserve to be proposed in relation to the following sub-themes :

  • The ecological transition ; attachment to the earth ;
  • Justice, truth and historical reconciliation (slavery, colonialism) ;
  • The feeling of empowerment in the Caribbean and elsewhere ;
  • Digital inclusion ;
  • The mobilization of youth in emancipatory activities ;
  • The Cities of Education ;


Resilience and Family

As family issues are particularly acute in the Caribbean, it is important to consider the following sub-themes that contribute to the quality of life of the family :

  • Risk and protective factors within the family ;
  • The transmission of trauma ;
  • Maternal and child protection (on educational, medical, social, economic fronts…) ;
  • Prevention of delinquency, radicalization … (early childhood, childhood, pre-adolescence, adolescence) ;
  • Social inclusion of vulnerable families ;


Resilience and School

The problem of school failure and dropping out leads to many clashes in terms of people’s identity and their social adaptation. Here again, the problems are acute in the Caribbean. The following sub-themes are to be considered :

  • School hook-up and pick-up ;
  • The fight against illiteracy ;
  • School-family-community co-education ;
  • The school as a place of solidarity ;
  • The school as guardian of resilience ;


  • Then, for the beauty of Martinique !

Martinique is magnificent ; our friends (in collaboration with the University of Antilles) are actively preparing ; they will allow us to admire the splendor of the Caribbean. The Congress will be open at the Hotel La Batelière, in a beautiful setting by the sea. Cultural activities are planned across Martinique and will be on the margins of the program. The Congress will take place in May, a very nice month !

Soon, the information on the Congress will be available !