On Wednesday October 17th 2018, the CERAP – Jesuit University and social center in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire- hosted a conference on future of work: labour after laudato si. Participants from Côte d’Ivoire Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Tchad and France joined the conference. These included the students and people of various professional background.
The conference was animated by Bruno and Jocelyne BOULNOIS, from the Mouvement des Cadres et dirigeants Chrétiens (MCC). Participants were led to reflect about the future of being employed and how that influence would influence their will power in deciding in achieve their goals and dreams. The discussion on Laudato Si helped the participants realize that work, environment, social, economics and ecology that they are all interconnected. The encyclical emphasized the vision of an “integral ecology” that highlights not only the interconnectedness of all created life, but also recognizes how political, economic, social and religious values and decisions are interrelated and impact the way people live with one another on the planet and use its resources. With these, It was emphasized CERAP and the Jesuit University cannot focus solely on the environment crisis; but would embrace labour crisis arising from poor working conditions but massive unemployment as top priorities.