Mayotte: The cooperation between the different educational actors advocated by the Assises de la parentité

“Retiring Parents”“loss of cultural monuments”“Frequently absent fathers”“parents sent back to Comoros” : There have been hypotheses for years that explain the alarming increase in juvenile delinquency in the area. Faced with this multi-causal situation, the Céméa de Mayotte (Active Educational Methods Training Centers) have mobilized to redefine and reinvent the role of parent according to the evolution of Mayotte society in order to prevent so many children from going out now “on the right track”

This educational association, which is complementary to public education (recognised as of public interest since 1966), has therefore invited all parents who wish to attend workshops on the theme of parenthood over several years in various places in Mayotte. The great ideas that emerged were synthesized by volunteers of the association and Archimède Saïd Ravoay, former president of the Céméa, still very committed to the issue of education, took the initiative to organize the Assises de la parenting from May 23 to 25 to be organized in the Dembéni University Training and Research Center to return them.

Parents and other stakeholders in education, who came in droves, also had the chance to hear a lecture by Philippe Meirieu entitled “What can adults do to tackle the problems of violence against children and young people? †† The opinion of this recognized pedagogue could therefore be more “scientific” and thus complement and enrich the ideas of the parents.

Cooperation and solidarity: two core values ​​to raise children well

Contrary to the safety discourse we hear a lot in Mayotte, the ideas of the parents who attended the workshops argued for more cooperation and solidarity. “It is not normal for the gendarmes to welcome our children when they leave school”we heard in particular from certain parents who were visibly offended by this situation.

Likewise, many were shocked by the frequent use of the term “retiring parents”“Most are very committed, they have understood their responsibility, but are overwhelmed by the behavior of their children”Archimède Said Ravoay insisted. “So they have to be supported by the institutions. We must take the responsibility of town halls to create meeting places, recreation centers ”he gave as a proposed solution.

The extreme insecurity and frequent parental border escorts are also one of the explanations for this parental role disorder in Mayotte. Faced with this situation, many of them are calling for co-construction and campaigning to involve parents from informal neighborhoods in their thinking. “If they are chased by the PAF (border police) near kindergartens, how can they raise their children properly? †Archimède Saïd Ravoay wondered who believes it is necessary “to go to these parents because it is by chasing them in this way that their children are at risk of becoming delinquent”

The problem of the loss of cultural references also arose, of course. Navigating between a Mahoran Muslim parental education and a school education from France based on the principle of secularism, children often struggle to find their way around. Sometimes opposing values ​​are indeed given to them and a “authority conflict” can be born. To avoid this, pedagogue Philippe Meirieu proposed to establish an active collaboration between the different educators of the child.

“The solution must come from solidarity and mutual respect between these different educational institutions. Communitarianism only creates conflict”he explained. It is true that in the context of globalization it is at least impossible for children not to receive influences from other cultures. In summary, if parents want their children to continue to receive an education rooted in their flagship traditions, they must be open and combined as harmoniously as possible with the influences from elsewhere that their children will not escape either way.

Archimède Saïd Ravoay showed himself very optimistic at the end of these Assizes. “We need another four years to properly assess the problem and continue to find solutions. But I am sure that this massive problem of juvenile delinquency will eventually end up on the island.”he concluded.

Mayot Weekly

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