AIEJI WORLD CONGRESS BRAZIL 10th – 12th April 2017

We are very happy to announce that the AIEJI World Congress will take place in spring 2017 – as written in the headline from 10th to 12th April. The host of the world congress is  AEESSP (Associacao dos Educadores e Educadoras Sociais do Estado de Sao Paulo) and the World Congress will take place at the University of Campinas in the constituent state Sao Paulo.

More information about the World Congress will soon follow on the AIEJI website and on Facebook.



Contacts in Colombia

My name is Candelaria Lucero and I am an Uruguayan Social Educator who is currently looking for new opportunities in Colombia. I hope you can help me find interesting options (or interesting contacts!) in adoption/foster care, non-formal education trainings or social development. Why help me? I feel myself well prepared and eager to continue learning!

Friends and acquaintances would describe myself as a young professional with lots of experience, with initiative and versatile. Social Educator by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, I’m specialized in conflict resolution and social development. With experience in non-formal education, social innovation and project management. With skills for training, communication and team building, specially in multicultural environments. 

 I am ready to work hard and learn a lot. I can share my CV with whomever is interested to explore it further or share it with their contacts. Feel free to e-mail me:


Looking for a job

My name is Heidi I’m 25 years old and I’m from Denmark here I have just finished my study in pedagogic/Social Education where I’ve been focusing on children with special needs and socially disadvantages children in orphanages. I’m seeking a job abroad long or short term, to learn more and give me better professional qualifications and competency.

I’m a positive and outgoing girl who loves to explore. Therefore I have been on some long term and short term travels. I love to learn more about and meet new people, new nationalities and cultures. It has taught me that working with people are something I really have a passion for.

I have worked and been doing volunteer work in: Cambodia (6 months), Jamaica (2 months), Tanzania (3 months).  Furthermore I have worked in Denmark as a handicap helper (5 years) and in homes for children and young kids between 0-18 years with different disabilities and severe multiple handicaps to relieve their parents. (3 months – 1 year)

My greatest personal strengths are that I am outgoing, positive, smiling, cooperative, creative,  responsible and very open to new challenges. I am committed to my work and take my job very seriously. And the most important thing for me is to try to make a difference, small or big.

Please feel free to contact me for more information. Best regards

Heidi Gervin Lund-Pedersen

Request about autism training

I am a South African professional educator teaching children with autism. I want to study further about autism, as it’s growing at an alarming rate. Will  you help me with contacts of countries who have autism training centers that can help me realize my dream.

Regards Khosi Netnou

FESET Seminar in France


Dear Madam, Dear Sir,


It is our pleasure to announce the opening of the call for papers of FESET Seminar in 2016 that will be held in ESTES Strasbourg, France from April 27th to 29th, 2016.


The conference theme is : « INVISIBLE PERSONS : Making Humans, Communities and Social Professionals more visible ». The deadline is December 15th, 2015.


You will find attached the call for papers and the flyer. Please feel free to forward this message and documents to your colleagues who might be interested in submitting a presentation.


For your submission please click on


More updated information and programme on the website

We thank you and look forward to meeting you in Strasbourg.


Organising Committee

FESET 2016




As of 2016, is now a state registered NGO foundation in Denmark.


Our mission is to provide research based, free online training and instructors educations. We work in joint funding partnerships with local NGOs, professional organisations and government in any country. Programmes target caregivers and leaders in foster and residential care, fugitive camps, and other units in charge of children and youth without parental care. We aim to set research based standards for quality care and support local professional care developments.


Our research based group trainings and instructor education are used all over the world in so far 16 languages on all continents, and implemented in two year cooperation projects. Program use only requires an instructor, a group of caregivers, a projector and internet for 15 two hour sessions.


If your organisation needs a well tested concept for training caregivers in attachment based group care, please read this paper and folder, and contact us at .


Best wishes from the team at FairstartGlobal Foundation.




Looking for job abroad

Dear reader

My name is Maria Post, I’m 44 years old and born and raised in Denmark. I have a 23 yeared old son which I intend to keep a good eye out for whenever I can. I have been working as a social educator for the past 15 years after my social educator degree. But lately thoughts like “should I try work abroad” have crossed me. I really don’t prefer a country more than other country, but UK have always been closely related to me. My working interest is mainly with young kids aged from 6-16, as my own experience both has been with kids from an orphanage and with pshycological disabled children. I put interest in talking and communicating in a traditional Danish way, which is a free open minded attitude towards difficulty with kids. I started a youth club, mainly kids with non-Danish roots. Kids that might had hard time socialising in traditional ways, here we could put all kids together despite color and religion. Had success with the youth club, but time and money were a factor that had me to shut the club in 2011.

My sons father is British and I’ve been with him for around 4-5 years so roughly I learned to adapt to some foreign cultures. So being set into new envoirments doesn’t affect me, as I’m good to adapt wherever I am.

I love travelling and when I travel, me and my son if he’s present with me, we intend to stay at international hostels so we can communicate with people from the whole world. When I work, I see myself as a hard working and dedicated employee. Which often comes out to give good relations between my colleagues and I. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if questions are needed.


Best Regards,

Maria Post


News from Fairstart


The research based online caregiver educations in professional foster and institutional care can now be accessed in 16 language versions.

The new online instructor’s education in the use of the free training programs at our site will be ready in February. It is on level four in the European Educational Standards.

A paper about Fairstart from the American Psychologist Association is available here:

We thank all professional organisations, NGOs, social educators, translators and researchers who contributed to free professional care education in 2015

Newsletter New Year 2015

Dear all of you

First of all, I write to you to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I hope all of you have had a wonderful year filled with many good experiences. Soon we can welcome a new and exciting year for social educators all around the world.

The refugee minor project

The latest board meeting was in Madrid from the 19th to the 21st of November. Part of the agenda was follow-up on the project about unaccompanied refugee minors. Board members presented what has been done to communicate the AIEJI report in their country to improve the refugee minors’ life situation, and support the professionals work in this field. This includes, among others, a translated version of the report from English to other languages, and communicating the report through newsletters, blogs and national websites. Also hard copies have been sent to universities, social educators, work places and organizations working with this target group.

Due to the current refugee crisis the AIEJI report needs much attention. About half of the world’s refugees are children – therefore, AIEJI wants to communicate the report to a political level as well, and we are already working on this.  We hope that the AIEJI report will contribute to the work in the Human Rights Committee within the Council of Europe. We have contacted the president of the European Council’s NGO Assembly. We hope that the AIEJI report can contribute to the work on children’s rights. In that relation AIEJI plans to participate in the Conference of the INGOs in January 2016. The unaccompanied refugee minors need all the professional awareness they can get.

Mental Health Project in Progress

Another important issue on the agenda at the board meeting in November was the AIEJI project about social educational work within the field of mental health. The work themes of the project were specified, and a project group was set. Qualitative interviews have been collected from members of AIEJI – thank you very much for the effort.

The board members presented the outcomes of the interviews processed in their country. We also touched on the positive change of perspective from illness to mental health – a relevant theme that the AIEJI project will shed light on. The social educators’ role in a recovery process, including actions and values brought into work will be emphasized.

It was very interesting to compare the outcomes of the interviews. We are now about to analyze the interviews, and processing a theoretical perspective on mental health. The aim of the report is to spread knowledge to all our members and relevant actors and to underline the importance of the social educational work within the field. Social educators contribute with something very unique in their work, and we hope that the report will help acknowledge that.

The discussion about AIEJI’s mental health project will be continued at the next board meeting, which will take place autumn 2016 in Brazil. Also the promotion of AIEJI at the world congress in Brazil 2017 is on the next agenda. Very soon we’ll be able to communicate the dates for the world congress.

I wish you again a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. May 2016 be the year for a world in progress – in all terms – here under a political alertness concerning people who suffer and also the professionals who do their best to support those who suffers. More than ever the world is in need for social educators. Thank you for doing what you are doing. Your contribution means a lot!


All the best,

Benny Andersen (President of AIEJI)


Declaración de Madrid, Noviembre 2015

The Madrid Declaration in Spanish:

AIEJI Asociación Internacional de Educadoras y Educadores Sociales

El 20 de noviembre de 2015, con ocasión del 26º aniversario de la convención de la ONU sobre los Derechos de la Infancia, la AIEJI hace un llamamiento a los gobiernos y a las personas con responsabilidad en este tema a que tengan en cuenta el artículo 22 según el cual los niños y niñassolicitantes de asilo o considerados refugiados deben recibir la protección y la asistencia humanitaria convenientes. Los estados, en cooperación con las organizaciones internacionales, deben dar asistencia y apoyo a las personas jóvenes no acompañadas para que puedan reunirse con sus progenitores. Las educadoras y los educadores sociales que trabajan con esta población deberían tener la posibilidad de implementar en su práctica diaria las competencias que se recogen en la publicación de la AIEJI “El trabajo socioeducativo con personas refugiadas menores de edadsolicitantes de asilo” ( Las educadoras y los educadores socialestrabajamos con niños, niñas y jóvenes que viven en situaciones de inseguridad, desamparo, lejos de su países y sin ninguna noción sobre su futuro más inmediato. Las educadoras y los educadores sociales trabajamos en el marco de un sistema en el que las decisiones que se toman a nivel jurídico y gubernamental tienen un impacto primordial en las vidas y en la situación de estos niños, niñas y jóvenes, tantoahoramismo como en sufuturo. Es una obligación humana y urgente apoderar a estos niños, niñas y jóvenesdestinando recursos para que puedan encarar su compleja situación y ofrecerles el apoyo necesario para poder integrarse en las sociedades de acogida.

AIEJI’s 18th World Congress

The president’s Report 2013

In the President's Report 2013 you can read about the activities of AIEJI in the last congress period as well as the ideas for the coming work programme in 2013 - 2017.

Download the report here.