Lorenzo Lucarelli, living in Spain, has asked me to post this interesting letter:
Dear friends and colleagues of social pedagogy,
Equine mediated education and therapy are a set of activities aimed to give to the users some living experiences with horses (and/or other animals too) in the natural environment.
Equine mediated educators and therapists act together with their equine partners in order to improve certain aspects of life of people who may suffer either from a disability and/or from social exclusion.
With physically disable people the horse help extending the range of mobility of the pelvis, the spine, and the legs and arms. Improve breathing and all metabolic processes through walking exercises, improve communication and social skills, balance and strength. With psychically disable people the relation with horses helps in building, maintaining and/or recovering personal and social skills.
But where the equine mediated activities show their true potential is in social education and in social work. Equine mediated activities have proven to be highly effective in drug addictions rehabilitation, in helping the immigrants to get integrated in their new host societies, in giving a break, a breath to the people who is stressed by the city fast lifestyle, and in many other ways that it would be too hard to explain… in fact we are talking about experiences… about real living experiences with animals, trying to get along and to make them do what we would like them to do, but without using any kind of violence or constriction on them.
Since equine mediated education and therapies are so good for the mankind and for a peaceful relation of our society with nature, it is important that all the educators get aware of the fact that it is a need to protect the animals’ rights and to integrate them in our ordinary life.
We stride for a better future together with our friends the animals… would you help us?
Thank you very much.
more information about equine mediated education and therapies in the following webs:
In October we celebrated Social Educators Day all over the world. I’ve been asked why the second of October is our international day. The answer is that this day was free – in the meaning that a lot of days already were occupied in the international calendar. But in some countries the second of October has a special meaning connected to national history, I’ve been told.
As mentioned in the last Newsletter workplaces in different parts of Denmark were open to the public the second of October – to talk about the work of social educators and about vulnerable groups and their needs. Local politicians were invited – because in November we’ll have Local Election and we ask the politicians to focus on the working field of social educators. If you have tellings about activities in other places of the world please feel free to write.
Our international social educators day is October the second. Please sent a greeting to persons in your network to remind them, and our self, about the crucial job social educators are doing all around the world. You can sent greetings through this link http://day.sl.metimus.dk/card.aspx?l=en .
I wish all of you a happy Social Educators Day!
Benny Andersen (President of AIEJI)
Dear somebody with eventually knowledge of institutions in Berlin
One of our working places in Denmark is visiting Berlin in November 2014. The professionals would very much like to visit a working place in Berlin working with children and families with psychosocial difficulties. Please answer this if you have any knowledge about such an institution.
Thanks a lot.
The International Fellowship Recruiter at Anderson Center for Autism in the United States, Saba Dini, announces that ACA has developed its own International Fellowship Program. ACA encourages candidates with Bachelor/ Master degree in social service disciplines i.e. social services work, mental health, special education, psychology, and related studies to apply.
This program places qualified candidates at ACA for 12 months on a J-1 trainee visa. ACA will provide adequate accommodation and facilities in the US for fellows. Fellows have the opportunity to participate in this learn and work program with experienced Anderson professionals in the social services field. Fellows will experience placement with children and adults across the autism spectrum based on their experiences and qualifications.
ACA will arrange for monthly stipend which is $900 per month for the fellows, on-campus accommodation, health insurance and other support services. It’s the great opportunity for candidates to experience living and working in U.S.
If you have any interest please contact
Saba Dini, International Recruiter Anderson Center forAutism
4885 Rt. 9, PO Box 367
Staatsburg, NY 12580
Fátima Correia from APTSES has announced this interesting congress:
APTSES (Portuguese Association of Social Education Workers) is a professional association registered since 21th November 2008 that aims to promote and deepen associative spirit among social education workers, always representing their interests and ensuring their rights. We are currently organizing the third International Congress on Social Education, which is focused on Education and Social Integration and will take place in Oporto (Portugal) on 2nd and 3rd of October 2013. For further information and registration, visit the website of the event: www.iiicongressointernacionaleducacaosocial.pt or contact APTSES at firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Ellen Galaasen from Norway has pointed out a very interesting publication: “Children on the move”, International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2013:
Description: Millions of children are on the move, both within and between countries, with or without their parents. The conditions under which movement takes place are often treacherous, putting migrant children, especially unaccompanied and separated children, at an increased risk of economic or sexual exploitation, abuse, neglect and violence. Policy responses to protect and support these migrant children are often fragmented and inconsistent and while children on the move have become a recognised part of today’s global and mixed migration flows they are still largely invisible in debates on both child protection and migration.
This publication targets policymakers and practitioners in the field of migration and child protection, along with academics and activists, and sheds light on the situation of migrant children. The publication is the result of a collective effort by a number of specialists from different organizations, was edited by Mike Dottridge (an independent child rights specialist) and includes a foreword by Professor François Crépeau (United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants).
Venue: Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, 10-14 March 2014.
Taghi Doostgharin from London has announced a 5-day international course designed for those who are keen to specialise in working with Chilren and Families. The course includes practical sessions and participants will be provided with the specialist skill, knowledge and techniques which are essential for developing or expanding their work with Children and Families.
The training aims to implement existing, evidence-based family skills training programs in different settings. Familiy skill training programs are highly effective in preventing family malfunctioning, school failure, substance abuse and delinquency.
In addition, the course provides a range of lectures on the most recent research evidence on working with Children and families in multi-family settings.
Please have a look at http://careeducationalmasterclasslimited.webatarts.com/index.html