Seminars in Portugal December 2014, and 2015

Cindy Vaz from Portugal about  interesting seminars in Porto:

The Social Pedagogy is a privileged area of the educational sciences in the academic context of the Faculty of Education and Psychology Catholic University of Portugal – Porto. This area integrates annually on its training program one thematic seminar series, designed on a partnership between multiple institutions and in alignment with the research activities of the Center for Human Development (ECHR). This Seminar Cycle aims to highlight the social and educational knowledge that has been built within the Faculty of Education and Psychology of the Catholic Porto, in close cooperation with community institutions and a significant number of reference research networks, both national and international.

Eflyer - 4º Ciclo de Seminários Temáticos em Pedagogia Social

Work in Great Britain

I am a 32 years old woman from Denmark, interested in working abroad. I hope to hear about my options in working as a pedagogue in Great Britain. I am particular interested in working with autism or add. Do you have any contacts, or know of any places that might be interesting for me?

Best wishes

Jannie Henriksen

Danish social educator looking for job in London

Signe Jensen has this request:

My name is Signe Jensen, I am 28 years old and a social educator. My special interest is working with young people who for various reasons may have difficulties making everyday life work and for that reason need support from a steady adult. I therefore seek employment working with young people aged 12-17 placed in care in London. Personally, I am accommodating and have a good sense of situation as well as a positive approach to life. Please write:

Report from congress in Moscow

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In this month The Russian Union for Social Educators and Social Workers held a  congress for 1000 of their members from all over Russia, with participation from national and regional authorities on the social area, and international collaborators. The Russian Union was also celebrating that the Social educators in Russia now in 25 years have been a recognized proffession in Russia. AIEJI was represented by General Secretary Ellen Galaasen - and a norwegian contributor on AIEJIs work with the UN convention of childrens right, Anne Grønsund. They did a presentation in one of the parallell seminars about developing the education for social educators in Russia.  AIEJIs General Secretary held a speach for the conference. You can read it below.

Dear honourable guests! Dear Russian Union of Social pedagogues and Social workers:

I am so happy to be here with you. AEIJIs president Benny Andersen sends his greetings to you all.

And dear social pedagogues. On behalf of AEIJI I will greet you in particular. You are part of a large family that spans over the world and it is with great pleasure that we congratulate you here in Russia with your 25th day of recognition of an independent social pedagogue profession. And last week, the 2. Of October, we celebrated as every year all over the world the international day of social pedagogues. We see this conference also as a part of this celebration.
Democracy and humanity are the foundation of social pedagogy and social work. Ideas that embrace and support open-mindedness, authority and autonomy. Freedom, self-determination, participation and inclusion in the collective and community of society are the objectives of social pedagogy and social work. Humanity, getting involved with other people is the professional pillar of social pedagogy and social work.

In the unique meeting between a professional and a person in need of professional help, we believe in human dignity, respect for and faith in human beings as autonomous individuals with independent rights, regardless being a child, a person with a disability, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation – to create togetherness and fellowship.

One of the most central values in social pedagogical work is that the sum of our similarities, as humans, is greater than what separates us. As humans, we can create a common future better for all. That is our mission. This is our values that extend across national boundaries and unites us.

Thank you so much for inviting AIEJI here, and by that give us insight about the challenges and opportunities for the social pedagogue profession here. This is interesting, and it seems to us you want to use the next 25 years to build an even stronger and more competent profession.

All over the world social pedagogues work independently, they work with vulnerable children and the elderly and people with disabilities. Often social pedagogues can be seen as advocates for people’s rights, to ensure their opportunities in the community. Besides to work in school, we meet children and adults where they are in their daily life. We work together with them, with their home condition, addictives problems and mental disabilities, and provide tools and methods to include those in the community, so they can take active part in their own life’s, and in the community, and experience a place to feel at home and safe.

AIEJI has worked extensively to define the competences of the social pedagogue. We have the last years worked with UN conventions, precisely because they are good tools to promote inclusion and fellowship.

We have had wide and exciting work on both the Convention on Children’s right and the Convention for people with disabilities. The goal is to inspire and motivate all social educators to adopt its approach towards all human beings and human rights. It contributes to ask good questions and raise important debates about how we resolve our mission, and need to develop our competences, to fulfil conventions and values in our daily work .

AIEJI is currently represented by 10 countries in the board, and it is with great pleasure that Russia has found its place here again. Russia represents an important voice and important perspective. I am very confident that the collaboration with Maria Kholodtsovawill be very fruitful and stimulating for AIEJI and for the Russian Union of Social pedagogues and Social workers.

I will use the opportunity to tell you all what our president of AIEJI always remind us: “Yes, we have the finest job in the world.” I hope you take pride in that.

Thank you.


Autumn AIEJI Newsletter


Dear all


Two important things have happened the last weeks: The second of October we celebrated the international day of social educators. And 27th and 28th of September our member organization from Italy, ANEP, arranged a very interesting seminar about unaccompanied refugee minors.


The international day of social educators’


In Denmark we celebrated the international day of social educators in the Parliament. My organization had a hearing about the need for a national research program in the social educational field – research relevant for the social educational practice. Social educators participated in the hearing and there were a lot of interesting perspectives on the lack of research in certain areas. This was a great opportunity to make politicians focus on our field.


It would be very interesting to hear about other celebrations in the world. Please feel free to use the AIEJI site for this purpose. Maybe we can inspire each other in general – or get ideas to celebrations next year – whether we’re talking local, organizational and maybe political happenings. All levels are important when we celebrate our day!


A seminar about unaccompanied refugee minors


As a part of AIEJIs focus on unaccompanied refugee children and young people the Italian organization ANEP played host to a range of interested professionals working with or studying this group of minors. This seminar in Rome was a great opportunity to share knowledge and listen to experts from the field.


As part of the AIEJI project the results of interviews with a) social educators working with unaccompanied refugee minors b) unaccompanied refugee young people – were presented. The results were from Israel, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Denmark. A picture of a very challenging job was drawn. And regarding the minors a picture of very challenging life conditions was drawn.


The backgrounds of the minors are very different: Some of them flee from civil wars, a life as a soldier, conflicts and poverty, others from from violent families or very bad relations in families or communities. Some come from refugee camps, and others from ressorcefull homes and maybe they are educated. Some arrive in boats with too many persons, others with flights, and otgers have been running most of the way. Some has an uncle or an aunt in the new country, some have nobody. Some want to be reunited with their families, and some would rather die. But everybody has one thing in common: They all left an unwished life situaion in hope for something better.


At the seminar Viviana Valastro from Save the Children in Italy talked about working in the field with the minors, and Federica Sorge, Lawyer in Association Rights Project in Italy, talked about the minors’ legal status. Niccola Titta, supervisor at an Italian foster home for minors (member of ANEP) talked about the children and young peoples background, their arrivals and their challenges, the crucial work of the social educator and the need for a system that include and work for this group of minors.


Concerning the AIEJI project, Anna Sito (who has assisted the project due to her master in International Cooperation and Intercultural Mediation) also presented important publications being of great relevance for the project – hereby Statement of Good Practice, UNHCR, UNICEF, 2009.


I want to thank ANEP for doing a great job with the seminar, and especially Elena Molteni who is also in the AIEJI board – she did an outstanding job in setting up the seminar. Also a big thank you to Thomas Vollmer from Switzerland who had a very important role in summarizing the seminar and leading the workshops.

If you want to know more about the seminar please have a look at this link


Coming AIEJI activities


28th and 29th November we’ll have the next board meeting and the project about unaccompanied refugee minors will be part of the agenda – here by also the arrangement of a seminar on the issue in Brazil in spring 2015. The meeting takes place in Milan. The plan was that the meeting should be in Israel – in extension to a seminar about unaccompanied refugee children and young people, also with the partcipation of a Palestinian organisation. But the situation in this part of the world made us move the board meeting to Milan and cancel the seminar.


Emmanuel Grupper from the board worked very hard on realisation of both board meeting and seminar in Israel – but the political reality catched up with us. I’ll finish this newsletter by wishing all the best for the situation in this part of the world. Hopefully peace and dialogue will mark the future and give hope to all the people who are affected.


Best wishes


Benny Andersen

(President of AIEJI)





Internship in Wales, Scotland, Ireland or England

A request from two students:

We are two students from Denmark, both girls and the age of 24. Both studying for social educators/Pre School teachers in the area of Copenhagen. 

We’re looking for a orphanage who’s working with kids in the ages between 0 and 8. 

We’re looking for a place where we can work in the same institution – maybe with different Groups of age.

Our trip is our last internship before we are educated as social educators. 

Our internship lasts 6 months from august 2015 to january 2016 and is unpaid. 

Firstly we’re interested in Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Second on our prioritylist is England. 

You can contact us: (Natasja) 

Thanks a lot.

Yes we have the finest job in the world!


Dear all – Thank you for celebrating our day – the international day of social educators . What a World wide party :-)). I’m proud to have such colleagues all over the World .


Yes we have the finest job in the World.


Best regards 

Benny Andersen

President Aieji.

Social educational voluntary work in Mexico?

Hello – My name is Camilla Ibsen (30 years old) – I am from Denmark and I have an education in social education (2014).

I will stay in Monterrey(San Pedro), Mexico from oktober to december 2014.

Therefore I am interested in any kind of social educational voluntary work.

Unfortunately I don’t speak any Spanish, only English!

Please contact me for further information, my email address is:

Best regards

Camilla Ibsen

Remember the second of October



Dear all

Very soon we’re writing the second of October – the international day of social educators! Please click below and read this years greeting. And please sent the electronic post card to persons in your network.


Best wishes and HAPPY SOCIAL EDUCATOR’S DAY – next week.

International Conference on Social Health, Education and Training – Rovereto – Italy 30-31 January 2015

Please see more information here .

Call for abstracts is online and the 1st deadline is 11. nov. 2014.

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.