The University of Abidjan last week played host to the delegates of the International Conference of French-speaking African and Malagasy psychologists.
The University of Abidjan last week played host to the delegates of the International Conference of French-speaking African and Malagasy psychologists. Among others, the delegates were addressed by Mr Paul Meyer from France, who spoke of the problems of accidents at work and how to prevent them.
Other speakers included experts in various psychological/educational/industrial fields from France and West Germany.
The conference is the first of its kind to be held in Africa-and had its origins in 1966, when the French State Secretariat of Cooperation organised the first seminar of psychology and education held in Paris. At this first meeting the attending psychologists were informed of the Secretariat's plans and asked to supply information on their particular fields of study. After collating this information, a second seminar was held in 1967 -- at which it was decided to form the General Association of French-Speaking African and Malagasy Psychologists, the body which now met in the Ivory Coast.
Main subjects under discussion during the five-day conference were: experimental psychology; understanding in child education; genetic psychology in children, in professional formation, in the adolescent, in social adaptability, and in technical and research coordination.