Newsletter Summer 2015

Dear all

 

Right now I’m in Brazil participating in a very interesting Latino American meeting in Campina (25th – 27th), and the host of the meeting is, among other organizations, aeessp – our Brazilian AIEJI member organization. The title of the assembly is Social Education: Perspectives and challenges. There are presentations in plenum and discussions in thematic groups. For instance our AIEJI board member from aeessp, Ney Moraes, has talked about the work of the Latin American AIEJI Office. And our member from Uruguay, Claudio Desanti, has talked about “social educator as worker and/or activist in citizenship construction”. In the thematic groups different issues have been touched, for instance “traditional communities”, “Handcrafts and arts” and “social movements”.

 

I participate in the meeting in my capacity of being president of AIEJI and in my speech and my presentation I focused on the core of social educational work, the professional competences this calls for and the basic values and messages that in my eyes are drifting this work. Saturday we will finish the meeting with field visits arranged by our fantastic hosts – and I’ll go back to Denmark soon after.

 

In my part of the world summer holiday is around the corner, and a special occasion I can look back at, since last Newsletter, is our AIEJI board meeting May 9th 10th in Lisboa. Here our Portuguese member organization, aptses, did a great job to facilitate the arrangements for the meeting. I want to say thank you for that, again!

 

At the meeting we said goodbye to Ellen Galaasen, the now former General Secretary of AIEJI. I write “former” because Ellen was not reelected at the National Congress in March in the AIEJI member organization FO in Norway. Luckily she is still in AIEJI now as an individual member. And luckily a new member from FO has entered the board. Her name is Marianne Solberg Johnsen. Until a new General Secretary is brought in to action I’ll do the work together with Bodil Damsgaard who in general supports the work of AIEJI due to her work with international relations in my organization in Denmark.

 

In Lisboa the final edition of the refugee minor project was decided. And as you can read at the AIEJI website (the latest publication at the site) the report is now a reality. I very much hope you will do an effort to spread out knowledge about the report at all levels – and if you work with this very disposed group of children and youths I hope that the material can support you in your job.

 

The new AIEJI project is about social educational work with mental health. A questionnaire is under preparation and early autumn the AIEJI board members will interview social educators in the field in their country – and the empirical studies will be discussed and processed at the next board meeting in Spain November 21st and 22nd

 

The second October we celebrate Social educators’ international day for the seventh time! The day was set up at the AIEJI world congress in 2009 in Denmark. The day is for celebrating our profession, and social educational organizations mark the day in different ways. This year AIEJI plans a worldwide celebrating by using the hashtag #thefinestjobintheworld, where we call on all you social educators to join, and to post photos of social educators – because indeed we do have the finest job in the world. More information about the happening will follow on the AIEJI website.

 

I wish you all a nice summer or winter – depending on your position on earth.

All the best,

Benny Andersen  (President of AIEJI)

AIEJI project about social educational work with unaccompanied refugee minor asylum seekers

 

As written about in the latest News letters, the AIEJI project work about social educational work with refugee minors has been in process. The project has now finished and you can find the report here Refugee minor asylum seekers

Members from 16 AIEJI countries have countributed with national information about the target group. 11 social educators from Italy, Israel, Spain and Denmark, working with this group, have been interviewed. 7 unaccompanied refugee minors have been interviewed in Italy and Denmark.

The report contains both empirical and theoretical studies and ends up by giving important messages about 1) social educational work that benefits the unaccompanied refugee minor asylum seekers 2) political priorities every country are obliged to work for and implement due to UN conventions.

A first presentation of the report took place in Helsinki in Finland at the Nordic Conference “Courage in social work” Friday 12th of June: http://www.confedent.fi/nordic2015/programme/workshop-programme/friday-12-6-10-00-11-30/ – workshop 31.

Please do what you can to spread knowledge about the issue by refering to the report in the fora and network you attend. The unaccompanied refugee minors are so very much in need for all the professional alertness they can get.

From Patricia Munch

Je suis en retraite depuis peu mais je reste dans l’organisation du colloque.

Pouvez vous dorénavant envoyer vos mails à l’adresse suivante : patricia.prouvotmunch@gmail.com Et merci encore pour votre disponibilité

Patricia MUNCH

Sexuality and disability

Dear AIEJI

My name is Kim Steimle. I work as a social educator and I have an education as a sexuality advisor. I work together with Asgerbo Persson who is educated in health and communication and as a sexologist. Everybody has a sexuality, also people with disabilities. For several years, we have been helping people with disabilities live a fulfilling life, which also includes sexuality. In Denmark we have a solid legal foundation that is very clear on where the boundaries are and what we can and can’t do as professionals, regarding disability and sexuality. However, even in Denmark we often experience this topic to be very difficult to handle among social educators. We are very curious to know how this topic is dealt with in the rest of the world.

Do you have a legal foundation regarding the work with disability and sexuality in your country?

How do you respond if one of your clients asks you about sex or shows clear sexual frustrations?

How do you handle sexual abuse committed against or by one of your clients?

Please contact us by e-mail if you would like to share some of your challenges and frustrations or tell us about how you handle this difficult topic. We hope that we can exchange useful ideas.

Kind regards

Kim Steimle (kimrasser@hotmail.com)

Work in Australia or Asia

Hello

My name is Cecilie, I’m 29 years old and I’m from Denmark. I’m looking for a job in Australia or in Asia. I graduated as a social educator in January 2014 and I am specialised in people with social problems. I worked in Vietnam for 6 months in a kindergarten. I taught English and worked with the children’s social skills.  My last stay abroad was in Thailand, I worked as a volunteer at a center for prostitutes in Patong/Phuket. I love doing social educational work, and I’ve worked in a lot of different areas. E.g. with  marginalised children and young people, young refugees,  children/young people without friends and as a counsellor for children in need. I am very passionated about my job,  and I love working with people from different cultures. I hope you will contact me  if you have a interesting job for me in Australia or Asia. I can work with children/young people and adults.  
Hope to hear from you.  Best regards Cecilie Lindencrone (lindencronestehr@hotmail.com)

 

Work in Brazil or Portugal

Hello 

My name is Marsha Thomsen, I am a woman, 31 years old, and I am from Denmark. I am an educated pedagogue gratuated in 2008 in social studies, and I am very interested working in Brazil or Portugal. I speak Portuguese. All together I have  2 years of experience in Brazil in the field of social educational work  where I among other things have worked with different things such as working in a kindergarten in the slum district of children in risk, and also work in a project called “The Helping Hands”  – an activity place for children in need. Last but not least I have been voluntering for 6 months in a orhanage childrens home. Besides the 2 years I have also done a 6 months internship in Brazil where I worked with slum favelars families and children in need, during my time of university. I like working with diffrerent children, people. It does not matter what area or age, I am very flexible, so please write to me anytime about what my options are, I would be very grateful.

Thank you and best regards, Marsha (marshabrazil83gmail.com)

Looking for a job abroad

My name is Pernille. I am 24 years old, and from Denmark. i wish to work as a social educator in Brazil or Argentina.  My area of experince is within young or adult people with different difficulties in life. both physically and mentally.

I worked in China for 6 months, in a school, teaching English. For 2 vinters and 1 summer, i worked in Norway, at a center for people with disability and immigrant families from differentes countries.

I have done a lot of different social educational work in Denmark, with people hwo need help personal care and more.

I just got home from Central Amerika, where I worked as a voulenteer at a woman center for woman and children.

I love working with different people and in different cultures. And i am very intrested in Brazil maybe Argentina, or where ever in the world there would be a appropriate job.

– Pernille Kristensen

Mizz_Mathers@hotmail.com

Newsletter December 2014

Dear all

Christmas and New Year are close and I write to you to wish you a merry and a happy one. I hope the last year has been a good one for you in your professional fields – knowing that all of us are challenged doing the difference that we really want to do. Crisis, politics and economy often narrow the scope of our profession and we’re forced to think different and try and find new solutions for our way of working. This is the schism we face in our daily working life – in some countries more than others. And we have to deal with it in a professional way being aware that we need to do the best with the resources we’ve got and at the same time use our voices to formulate rights of people in vulnerable situations – and obligations concerning these rights.

As most of you probably know unaccompanied refugee minors have been in focus in AIEJI’s work in 2014. I wrote about this more detailed in the latest Newsletter after participation (late September this year) in the AIEJI seminar in Rome about the issue. Now we’re in a process where all the empirical material is being analyzed and put into form. The result will be a written report to spread knowledge to all our members and interested parties – hoping very much that the social educators work with this target group will be emphasized and acknowledged as a very important and challenging work area – for the good of the children and young people being in so insecure life situations.

At the latest AIEJI board meeting (in Milan ultimo November) a Brazilian seminar June 2015 about social educators work with the minors also was at the agenda. A presentation of the report will be one of the activities at the seminar, and also the report will be represented at a Nordic conference in Finland the same month.

The coming board meeting will be in May 2015 in Spain or Portugal. Here the next AIEJI project will be kick started – the project about mentally disabled persons and the social educational work with them. In spring 2015 an overview of the main challenges in different countries will be made to strengthen the board decision of what approach to choose for the project.

But now it’s December and many of us can look forward to celebrate Christmas and New Year. I wish you all the best for the next year. Personally I’m looking forward to co-operate and be in lead of the AIEJI activities in 2015.

A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you!

From

Benny Andersen.

 

Condolences Néckel Schmitz

 

On the name of Arab Social Educators, Colleges  we send our condolences from our heart to all Social Educators  and his family .

 Walid AL-Salhi

Work abroad

Hi. My name is Sara and I’m 23 years old. I would like to work abroad (or in Spain) as a social educator. I’m particularly interested in working with children because I have some experience with them, but I’m happy to work with adult people as well. Could you help me to find some contacts? Please write to sara_robles91@hotmail.com

Thanks 

Best wishes

Sara Robles

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.