Madrid Declaration, November 20th 2015
AIEJI – the international association of social educators
November the 20th 2015, on the 26th anniversary of The UN convention on the rights of the child, AIEJI calls on governments and decision makers to be aware of § 22 stating that a child who is seeking refugee status or who is considered a refugee shall receive appropriate protection and humanitarian assistance. The states shall in cooperation with international organizations assist an unaccompanied child in being reunited with his or her parents. Social educators working with these children and young people should be given the possibility to implement in their daily practice the competences expressed in the AIEJI publication “Social educational work with refugee minor asylum seekers” (aieji.net/publications). Social educators working with groups of children and young people who live in unsafe situations, being all alone, far away from their home countries and with no knowledge of their future. Social educators work within the framework of a system where decisions made on a juridical and governmental level have a fundamental impact on the life situations of the unaccompanied minors now and further on. To empower the children, to give them resources to cope with the complex situations they are facing is an urgent human obligation and support integration in host societies.
Some time ago the AIEJI member organisation The International Institute of Knowledge (Sri Lanka) brought to notice the two interesting conferences announced below. If you are a member of AIEJI The International Institute of Knowledge can offer you 10% fee reduction. Please be aware of this if signing up.
It is time to celebrate the second of October. It is time to show that we have the finest job in the world! Enjoy this video with great contributions from AIEJI member organisations and please make the video visible for others as well. Thanks a lot to all contributors to this production.
Share photos at Instagram #thefinestjobintheworld and share knowledge in our AIEJI Facebook group about activities concerning this very special day.
I wish you all a great day.
In two weeks, the second of October, we’ll celebrate a very special day: The international day of social educators. This is the day we celebrate our profession – that we have the competences to support humans in need, that we know what this support means for humans and societies and that we’re proud of what we’re doing and what we can achieve!
It’s going to be a worldwide celebration with workshops, debates and events. And also the social media will play a great role: At Instagram #thefinestjobintheworld please share photos that show that you and your colleagues are proud of your job and want the world to know. Please also share knowledge in our AIEJI Facebook group about activities concerning this very special day.
In less than a month we’ll celebrate the international day of social educators. The event will be all over the world with the hashtag #thefinestjobintheworld on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. By letter we’ll ask our member organizations to contribute with short videos showing what make social educators’ competences special. Also all AIEJI subscribers will be asked to share photos. More information will follow.
From AIEJIs member organisation APTSES:
The 5th International Congress of Social Education is held in the days 02 and 03 October 2015, during the commemoration of the International Day of social educator at the School of Education and Social Sciences of Leiria. The central theme of the congress will be the familiar contexts of vulnerability and will be present social education professionals, from Portugal and other countries, including Benny Andersen, president of Aieji.
Associação dos Profissionais Técnicos Superiores de Educação Social (APTSES)
My name is Yannik, I’m from Denmark, and I am a young man at age 25. I speak English, Swedish, Norwegian and a little French. I’m a social educator and I did my final exam January 2015. I’m specialized in people with social problems (especially alcohol problems). I´ve been working with people with physical and mental illnesses, people with abuses and people with mental/social problems. In addition, I escort people with physical and mental illnesses.
I’m open to work in many different areas with different people. But in particular I search for a work with youngsters or adults with some kind of mental or social problems.
I am very good at creating an overview and I am flexible and meeting stable. I engage me in the work I’m doing, and my ethical thoughts have been praised at my previous jobs. I can work solo and take decisions, but I also seek advice in my team. In critical situations I keep calm.
I believe that it is through reflections and sparring with your coworkers that we are developing the pedagogical thinking. We get more conscious about what we are doing and how we do our work in the best possible way. It is our job to support them in the experience of “the good life”.
I hope very much to receive an e-mail from you
Yannik Noah Næsby, Denmark