Seminar 4th of April: How: work with elderly people suffering from dementia: stimulation, rehabilitation, inclusion “

ANEP (Italian Association of Professional Educators), in partnership with AIEJI (International Association of Social Educators) and AIP (Italian Association of Psychogeriatrics), promotes a seminar entitled “How: work with elderly people suffering from dementia: stimulation, rehabilitation, inclusion “, scheduled for Thursday, April 4, 2019 in Florence (Italy), at the XIX National Congress AIP “Psychogeriatria of People and Knowledge”.
Purpose of the Seminar: to arrive at the definition of a positioning document related to the professional educator in the specific field. In the Seminar, the best practices of the educator will be addressed (functions, tasks, competences), adopted in different European contex.
ANEP is looking for meaningful experiences in the work of the educator with elderly people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s, both at the home of the person and in social and health residences.
The abstracts of the contributions (to be presented in English and Italian) must be sent to the email address by December 22nd.
Among the abstracts received, the 4 most significant and interesting for the profession and training of the participants will be chosen. The authors will then be invited to the Florence Seminar for the exposition of their work and their experience.
Thanks to those who can contribute to professional growth and comparison. Sincerely.
ANEP, Nicola Filippo Titta and Davide Ceron”


L’ANEP (Association italienne des éducateurs professionnels), en partenariat avec l’AIEJI (Association internationale des éducateurs sociaux) et l’AIP (Association italienne de psychogériatrie), organise un séminaire intitulé “Comment: travailler avec les personnes âgées atteintes de démence: stimulation, réadaptation, inclusion “, Prévue pour le jeudi 4 avril 2019 à Florence (Italie), dans le cadre du XIXe Congrès national AIP “Psychogériatrie des personnes et des connaissances”.
Objet du séminaire: définir un document de positionnement relatif à l’éducateur professionnel dans le domaine concerné. Lors du séminaire, les meilleures pratiques de l’éducateur seront abordées (fonctions, tâches, compétences), adoptées dans différents contextes européens.
L’ANEP recherche des expériences significatives dans le travail de l’éducateur auprès de personnes âgées atteintes de démence et d’Alzheimer, à la fois au domicile de la personne et dans des résidences sociales et sanitaires. Les résumés des contributions (à présenter en anglais et en italien) doivent être envoyés à l’adresse électronique avant le 22 décembre. Parmi les résumés reçus, les 4 plus significatifs et les plus intéressants pour la profession et la formation des participants seront choisis. Les auteurs seront ensuite invités au Séminaire de Florence pour l’exposition de leurs travaux et de leurs expériences.
Merci à ceux qui peuvent contribuer à la croissance et à la comparaison professionnelles. Cordialement.
ANEP, Nicola Filippo Titta et Davide Ceron”


“Buenos días,
ANEP (Asociación Italiana de Educadores Profesionales), en asociación con AIEJI (Asociación Internacional de Educadores Sociales) y AIP (Asociación Italiana de Psicogeriatría), promueve un seminario titulado “Cómo: trabajar con personas mayores que padecen demencia: estimulación, rehabilitación, inclusión” programado para el jueves 4 de abril de 2019 en Florencia (Italia), dentro del XIX Congreso Nacional AIP “Psicogeriatría de personas y conocimiento”.

Objetivo del seminario: llegar a la definición de un documento de posicionamiento relacionado con el educador profesional en el campo específico. En el Seminario se abordarán las mejores prácticas del educador (funciones, tareas, competencias), adoptadas en diferentes contextos europeos.
ANEP está buscando experiencias significativas en el trabajo del educador con personas mayores que sufren de demencia y Alzheimer, tanto en el hogar de la persona como en residencias sociales y de salud.
Los resúmenes de las contribuciones (que se presentarán en inglés e italiano) deben enviarse al correo electrónico antes del 22 de diciembre. Entre los resúmenes recibidos, se elegirán los 4 más significativos e interesantes para la profesión y la capacitación de los participantes. Luego, los autores serán invitados al Seminario de Florencia para la exposición de su trabajo y su experiencia.
Gracias a quienes pueden contribuir al crecimiento profesional y la comparación.
Saludos cordiales.
ANEP, Nicola Filippo Titta y Davide Ceron”


– #thefinestjobintheworld / share a photo 🙂

Newsletter September 2018

Dear all of you

Soon we’ll celebrate the international day of social educators! As most of you already know the very special day is the 2nd of October. I’ll ask you to text a greating or a message and share a photo at #thefinestjobintheworld and please also share at AIEJIs facebook site. Again we want to go global and show that we actually have the finest job in the world.

In this job ethics are very essential. How do we think and meet the people we work with? What and how do we communicate and what tasks do we take? It’s about view of human nature, professional judgement and the ability to take care of people in a way that empower them to live a meaningful life. The latter needs also a focus on the surroundings of the person. What possibilities do he or she have? Are the structures, institutional or political, that limit liveliness and maybe even causes exclusion? How can we fight these structures?

Ethics are indeed a core value in all social education and thats why AIEJI at the world congress in 2017decided to work with codes of ethics again – to renew the work from 2005. The board has been in a process comparing codes of ethics from different member countries and has discussed and reflected on ethical issues in social education in current time – with a look at cultural diversities also. This work will result in a document for the use of all AIEJI connected individuals or organisations. We are looking forward to present this document in 2019.

If some of you reading this are occupied with concrete projects or activities with ethics in focus please share this in a very short text form (not more than 20 lines) by posting on the AIEJI website. This can be done by writing to Thank you.

I want to end this newsletter by mentioning the 2nd of October again. Be prepared, be ready and be aware that this day is soon and is to be marked all over the world.

All the best,
Benny Andersen
(President of AIEJI)

Articles about working with people who have autism


Jasmine Dyoco who works with people who have autism would like to share these interesting links: 


15 Behavior Strategies for Children on the Autism Spectrum


How to Create a Backyard Sanctuary for Kids with Disabilities


For Educators: Strategies for Working With Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder


Helping Asperger’s Teens To Survive and Thrive: 15 Key Steps


Creating a Home Atmosphere of Solitude to Help Cope with Adult Autism




Work abroad

Dear Aieji,

my name is Ardian Zhupa. I live in Italy and I am 30 years old. I have finished my Bachelor degree in Social Education. At this moment I’m working as a Social Educator in Italy. I like to experience new things, and I have always dreamt of working outside of Italy. I could be Denmark, Sweden, Norway, UK, Australia or Canada. I have work field experience with kids with disabilities, which gave me a good and educational experience. In connecting with my assignment before I graduate, I also have about for 4 months of work field experience with Albanian children as a volunteer in educational centers which I have a big interest in, and would love to work in that environment again. I speak English, Italian and Albanian.

Also during this period I am participating in a programm in order to become a Gestalt Counsellor.

Please contact

Looking for job in Northern Europe

An appeal from Sara Scattini from Italy:

I am writting this presentation because I am looking for social educational work in North Europe, firstly for a short period because I am still attending university and after I would like to spend some years there.

I am Sara and I was born in 06/29/1996 in Italy.  I am living near Milan, in a small town called Varese. I have done the Scientific Liceum in Luino with good marks, 98/100. After that I joined the biomedical engineering  university in Milan because my passion was to care about disabilities. During this period of university I had been frequenting, as volounteer, a residential center for adults with disabilities.  I have done one and an half year of volunteering, and four months of real work.

Spending time with them I  have recognized a desire in me: to stay in contact with desease people. Doing “ just” prosthesis I was not complete, so I had changed university and I had been joining the “ Professional Education” course of University in Varese.

Now I am frequenting the second year of my way, with a 27/30 mark. In my course we do 500 hours of internship in a year in different desease situations. The first year I did it in elderly residential structures, and now I am doing it inthe adult center that I have talked to you before. The next semester I will spend my internship in a psychiatric residence.

My dream is to work with people with disability of all ages, I think that them, more than other people, can teach us how important is to fight against and for life. I love their smiles, their energy. They inspire me, and I would work for them, to permict them to reach their autonomy and liberty ( as possible).

I would like to spend a period ( from months to years), maybe firstly as an intership, in North Europe, because travelling I discover that their lifestyle and behaviour is similar to mine, and I feel my ease there. Also because I would like to esperiment how is social education in that part of the World, bringing home what I will learn.

I hope I have been exhaustive. I will be there to answer other questions:

Thank you for earing,


Interesting articles

AEIJI had this interesting application:

 I thought I’d get 2018 off to an uplifting start by sharing a few articles I think will empower and assist those living with physical disabilities. I’m sending them to you because I came across a page on your site ( that already has lots of wonderful information for this community – I’d love to see you add these there!


Explaining special needs to your child: 15 great children’s books


How to Remodel for Accessibility


Developing Your Blind Child’s Sleep Schedule


How to Exercise if You Have Limited Mobility


Healthy Eating Advice for Wheelchair-bound People


Many thanks!

Jennifer McGregor


The International Conference “Bridging Traditions and Innovations”

As posted before: February 22-24, 2018 an international conference brings together practitioners, academics and students who are occupied with social pedagogy and social education. This very interesting conference will take place in Puebla in Mexico. Registration is still possible. Please have a look at

Newsletter December 2017

Dear all

First of all I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 2017 is fading and soon we can look back at a year with a lot of activities in AIEJI. In spring we finished the project about social educational work within mental health and the project was presented at the world congress in Campinas in Brazil in April. The congress was a success and again I would like to thank AEESSP for the great job they did hosting so many AIEJI members and supporters and planning a very interesting program. It was a very special adventure for me again to meet so many social educators from different parts of the world. Thank you for that as well.

At the General Assembly at the world congress I was reelected as the president for AIEJI. I’m very proud of still being in this position and very proud of working together with very skilled and dedicated persons in the AIEJI board. In 2017 three of these persons unfortunately left the board. This was Irmelin Sangolt Tjelflaat (Norway) who was the General Secretary, Daniela Duff (Switzerland) who was the Treasurer and Maria Jose Calderon (Spain) who was the European Regional Officer. Thank you for your great work for AIEJI and for your inspiring company. I wish you all the best.

Luckily new and very competent people were elected to the board in 2017. At the General Assembly in Campinas Nicola Titta (Italy) and Silvia Azevedo (Portugal) European Regional Officer)) were elected. And the extra ordinary General Assembly in November Jogvan Philbrow (The Faroe Islands) was elected as the General Secretary and Guillaume Favre was elected as the treasurer. I wish you a warm welcome to the AIEJI board.

The three main tasks of AIEJI in this congress period (2017-2021) were decided at the world congress: Ethics in social educational work, social educational work with people with dementia and recruitment of new members. At the last board meeting (in November) we started up the first project by collecting formulated ethical values from AIEJI organizations to find out about different ways of working with this  crucial issue. We also started up the third project – concrete by visiting the Baltic States in December to get to know more about social educational work and education in this part of the world. This resulted in a very interesting meeting and I’m happy to write (as already posted on the website) that Lithuania Association of Social Educators (LASP) very soon will be a member of AIEJI. The important project concerning dementia will start up in 2019. The three projects of course will be represented at the next world congress. This will be in Switzerland 2021.

Hopefully 2018 will be a year in the name of social education – at different levels. We need that whether we’re talking about strengthening our profession, empowering citizens or social politics. More than ever we need to stand together and show that what we do makes a very significant difference in people’s lifes and in societies. By these words I wish you again a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Best regards from

Benny Andersen, President of AIEJI.





Welcome to LASP

Dear Aieji members


I’m proud and happy to welcome a new member of Aieji.

This monday I was in Lithaunia and met with collegues from Lithaunia Association of Social Educators – LASP.  And we made an agreement about membership of Aieji.

So I warmly welcome  the national Lithaunia Association of Social Educators as a new member of Aieji.

It is so important not only for social educators in Lithaunia, but also for social educators around the world. The more member of Aieji, the stronger voice we have.

Here you can see a picture from our meeting Monday.

Best and happy regards

Benny Andersen



AIEJI’s 19th World Congress

Aieji 19th World Congress

XIX Congresso

In the President's Report 2017 you can read about AIEJI's work and projects from 2013-2017. You can also read about the coming work programme for the next four years.

Download the report here.

AIEJI’s 18th World Congress

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.