Colloque éducatif présent à l’Université de Montréal


On March 9, 2017, members of the UNESCO Chair team took part in the 9th edition of Colloque Éducatif Présent, organized by Université de Montréal graduate students. The theme of this year’s event was “Alternative Voices.”

The UNESCO Chair in Applied Research for Education in Prison representatives were invited to lead the opening conference, just after the welcoming address by Ms. Louise Poirier, Dean of the educational sciences faculty at Université de Montréal.

Paul Bélanger, director of the UNESCO chair scientific committee, Jean-Pierre Simoneau, director of operations and Flore Tanguay-Hébert, UNESCO Chair researcher, gave a presentation entitled “Prison Education – An Encounter with Freedom” to a full house during the opening conference.

The presentation centred around the realities and the context of education in Canadian and Quebec prisons, progress in international research in the education of adult detainees and analysis of the need for college training in certain provincial detention facilities. The presentation also highlighted the current crisis in prisons and Mr. Simoneau spoke of his experience with UNODC in Vienna, Austria, in January 2017.

A Q&A session followed, which sparked discussion, exchange, reflection and debate among participants that focused primarily on the particularities and constraints in prison education.

As the context and reality of prison education is unrecognized and little research is being done at a Master’s or Doctoral level in education at the Université de Montréal, the increased awareness of these students, teachers and participants generated interest and enthusiasm for the subject. Perhaps these exchanges will lead to new vocations and inspire further research in the field.

The UNESCO Chair team would like to thank Mr. Rhida Zouaghi, a Université de Montréal Master’s student in education who organized the symposium, as well as the organizing committee members and the student volunteers, without whom the event would not have been possible.

Click here to check out the event website (French only)

The event program is available to view or download here (French only)