The UN World Refugee Day on June 20

Remember this day!

It honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violonce. It is a day to recognize the contributions of refugees in their communities.

Making a difference working with children and young people


The Danish institution SFI holds the 13th EUSARF-conference 2.-5. September 2014 in Copenhagen. EUSARF is the largest European international forum for research about professionel work with vulnerable children and young  people.

The superior question for the conference is: What social efforts make a difference for vulnerable children and young  people?

Read more and register:


Call for abstracts:


ANEP National Congress in Chieti, Italy, 09 May 2014

Maria Rita Venturini from ANEP in Italy has this announcement about their National Congress:


ANEP National Congress in Chieti, Italy, 09 May 2014

I luoghi dell’Educatore Professionale: i diritti delle persone fragili, il lavoro, la formazione

Places of Social educator: the rights of vulnerable people, work, training

The 2014  Italian National Congress  will address the role of the social educator  working with vulnerable people.

The Social Educators in Italy, as in the other Countries, work in different  areas of intervention:   social, health  and penitentiary.

The areas are different but the professional core is the same and training must meet the need uniqueness of this profession

For more information, registration and downloading the programme, please visit ANEP.  Congresso Nazionale 2014.

 congresso 2014 manifesto


From Benny Andersen: Newsletter + Presidents Report


Dear all of you

Easter has passed and in my part of the world summertime is getting close.

But the sun already came to me in the beginning of April, in Zaragoza in Spain: Three days of great experiences with people in and connected to AIEJI: 4th of April we had the AIEJI board meeting, and 5th of April we had a special meeting of General Assembly followed by a European Symposium of Social Educators’ – with a focus on the professional qualifications directive and common principles of training.

I’m happy to say that I at the special meeting of General Assembly was reelected as the president for AIEJI. It’s an honour for me to continue this work and I’m looking very much forward to cooperate about important issues.

Lars Steinov from Denmark who has been the General Secretary for AIEJI in many years chosed to stop as a board member. Luckily he’ll still be active as a resource person especially concerning the NGO position in European Council. Also treasurer Thomas Vollmer from Switzerland chosed to stop as a board member, and Marco Corrente from Italy did the same.

At the General Assembly I thanked for their great work but in this newsletter I also want to emphasize that their initiatives and support has been of special value for AIEJI.

Ellen Galaasen from Norway was elected as the new General Secretary and Daniela Duff from Switzerland as the new treasurer. Lorenzo Lucarelli from Spain was elected as a new board member, and also Maria Kholodtsova from Russia – as Regional officer of the Russian/Asian Bureau.

Ney Moraes Filho from Brazil was reelected as regional officer of The Latin American Bureau, Emmanuel Grupper from Israel as regional officer of The Middle East Bureau, and Maria José Calderon from Spain as regional officer of The European Bureau. Also reelected was Claudio Desanti from Uruguay, Elena Molteni from Italy and Honoré Gregorius from Luxembourg.

I welcome the new board members and I’m happy to say that I’m looking very much forward to work together with both new and old board members!

As the last thing I’m happy to inform all of you that the proposal of new by-laws of AIEJI were decided at The General Assembly. I believe that this will make a very positive difference for AIEJI. Below you can read about the proposal, and also the project work in AIEJI, in the presence of my report as part of the standing order at the General Assembly.

I wish you all the best and hope for and believe in years of great work in AIEJI.

Kind regards

Benny Andersen


Report from the president April 2014

New by-laws and formulated job description an working routines for the board

At the General Assembly in Luxembourg in April 2013 it was decided to work for new principles for the composition and tasks of AIEJI’s board and board members.

The aim was, and is, to reach the objective of extending the knowledge of social educational work methods, and develop AIEJI to be a stronger voice and a stronger organization, which can be used by educational organizations and individual social educators across the world.

It was, and is, estimated that it is necessary that the work of AIEJI to a higher degree is based upon organizational members. It is necessary that the output of AIEJI becomes less dependent on individual contributions and individual members. It is necessary, instead, that regional and national social educational organizations take ownership of what happens in AIEJI and become active partners of AIEJI.

At the General Assembly it was decided that the board should be much smaller based primarily on category A members and a maximum of one person per country, and that all (functioning) regions are represented on the board.

At the next board meeting, Barcelona June 2013, a brain storm concerning the matter were initiated. A working group was settled and the group communicated about amendments to the by- laws and formulated working routines for the board. A proposal was discussed at the following board meeting, Madrid November 2013. A few specifications were decided and worked in. The formulated working routines was published at the AIEJI website .The proposal to new by-laws was sent to AIEJI members 5th of February 2014 together with the standing order business.

Project work: Refugee children and persons with mental disorders

At the General Assembly in Luxembourg in April 2013 it was decided for the next congress period to put work in to two projects: Refugee children and persons with mental disorders. At the board meeting in June 2013 the board decided to start with the project about refugee children. A project group was set up, with a project leader and a coordinator.

At the board meeting in November 2013 a project plan was presented and commented. The focus of the project is social educational work with unaccompanied refugee children, the most vulnerable group. Around 20 countries have filled out questionnaires of mainly quantitative character. Three qualitative interviews with social educators are being prepared. Data will be taken together and a report will be made.

A seminar in Italy in September 2014 is being organized, one in Israel in November 2014, and one in Brazil in 2015.

The project concerning social educational work with persons with mental disorders will start up at the beginning of 2015.

The profession of Social Education in Europe – a comparative survey

This survey has been initiated by the Spanish AIEJI member organization CGEES. The survey underlines a European variation regarding the different educations and understandings of the profession and terminologies, where different historical, cultural and social factors play a role.

The survey gives a needed overview of the profession in Europe and a platform to discuss and promote the profession in the context of the European Union.

(The survey is published here




















European Symposium of Professional Associations of Social Educators

Please see program and organisation below:

(The program text might not be clear on your screen – please write if this is the case and you’ll get an e-mail with attachment)



The European Office of the International Association of Social Educators  (OE-AIEJI) at the moment represented by the Council of Social Educators’ Collegues of Spain, concerned with the dynamics of the E.U regarding the recognition of Professional Qualifications  is calling and organising  the European Symposium of Professional Associations of Social Educators.


 5th and  6th April 2014.


 The city of Zaragoza. Centro de Historias (C/ San Agustin, 2)

 There will be simultaneous translation Languages of the Symposiumon Spanish- English-Spanish


We expect two representatives from each professional association in Europe will attend this meeting. Participation in the Symposium is by invitation only. The European Bureau of AIEJI aims to have different elements from all European countries so that the agreements and arguments can have the greatest possible representation and involvement.

We refer to professional associations as those organisations that represent the collective of Social Educators in their countries. Those that have stated by their by-laws  to work towards the promotion and organisation of the profession in their respective countries, with the purpose of improving the quality of service provision to people with whom educators work.

It is preferable that professional association participates in research about common training principles by filling a excel sheet with universities or centres and scientific areas.

So far we present the relation of Professional Associations of Social Educators we know and have invited, we will be very glad to know of any other existing  entities:

Association Professionelle des Educateurs Spécialisé(e)s (APDES) BELGIUM
Organisation Nacional des educateurs specialises (ONES) FRANCE
Udruga Socijalnih Pedagoga, HUSP CROATIA
Social Paedagogernes Landsforbund, SL DENMARK
Foroya Pedagogfelag – Trade Union FAROE  ISLANDSISLANDS
Talentia-Union of Professional Social Workers in Finland FINLAND
Deustcher Berufsverband für Socialarbeit Sozialpädagogik und Heilpëdagogik DBSH GERMANY
Sociálně pedagogické poradenství a služby CZEC REP.
Asociation of Social Workers CYPRUS
Throskathjalfafelag Islands ICELAND
Assoziazione Nazionale e d’Educatori Professionalli (ANEP) ITALY
Latvijas Sociato pedagogu feracija LATVIA
Association of Social Pedagogues of Lithuania LITHUANIA
Assotiaton Professionelle des Educateurs Gradués (APEG) LUXEMBOURG
Union of Social Educators and Social Workers (FO) NORWAY
Pestalozzi Foundation ROMANIA
Association of Social Pedagogues and Social Workers of the Russian Federation RUSSIA
Association of Social Work Education SLOVAKIA
Slovenian Association of Social Pedagogues (ZZSP) SLOVENIA
Consejo General de Colegios de Educadoras y Educadores Sociales (CGCEES) SPAIN
Yrkesforeningen Sveriges Socialarbetera (YSS) SWEDEN


 The invited associations should contact the secretariat of the Symposium in order to  give the names and position of their representatives. In economical terms associations will be only required to pay for their trip to Zaragoza, lunch and dinner. The European Office of AIEJI will  pay for the organisation of the event and the accommodation of the participants (one doble room+breakfast)

You can contact us at:


Paseo Fernando el Católico, 6 – Bajo Dcha. 50006 ZARAGOZA

Telf 00-34-690.055.690

 Fax 00-34-976 07.69.56







Erasmus+ 2014 and HETI world congress Taiwan 2015

Here are two announcements from Dr. Lorenzo Lucarelli from Spain:

Erasmus+ 2014

Dear colleagues,

As president of the Spanish Association for the equine mediated education and activities, I have the honor to present you the new project Erasmus+ in which our organization is involved.

It is a call for papers addressed to all those organizations who work or wish to work with the animal mediation (specially horses mediation) in social education activities.

The coordinator of the project will be HRDF, the Hungarian federation of Riding for the disable, linked with the International Children Safety Service, ICSS. Other participants are France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, and possibly also Slovakia.

The goal of the project is to set up a students exchange network across Europe and worldwide, in the field of the animal mediated education and therapies, since we know that practicing with animals is very good for social education students for it enable them to communicate non verbally without any kind of violence. This skill is very important in Social education as well as in other fields.

We are looking not only for full partners participating in the project but also for silent partners who would be beneficiaries of the project and help us in the dissemination of results.

If you wish to receive more information about the project you may write an email to me at or at or you can write to the president of HRDF, Peter Edvi, at or at

Thank you very much for your kind attention, replies and comments

Best regards

Dr. Lorenzo Lucarelli – AEDEQ – HETI – FITRAM – AIEJI


HETI world congress Taiwan 2015 

Dear colleagues,

as member of the International Executive Committee of HETI, the International Federation of the Horse in Education and Therapy, I will participate next year 2015 in the HETI world congress in Taiwan.

 It is an honor for me to invite at the congress call for papers any organization or any educator who wish to present a speech or a poster or organize a workshop about animal mediation activities. You can find more information about this congress at the following link:

 Best regards

Dr. Lorenzo Lucarelli – AEDEQ – HETI – FITRAM – AIEJI

Looking for internship

Ivana Rukavina who’s a student in Croatia has this request:

I am a MA student at the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences in Zagreb(Croatia) looking for an internship opportunity related to my field of study which is Social Pedagogy.

Preferred placements would definitely be traineeships focusing on psychiatry and criminology because of my previous experience and my interest. However, all other suggestions and opportunities are very welcome !

Please do not hesitate to contact me for personal information.

 Kind regards,

Ivana Rukavina

Work in Ireland?

This is a request from Henriette Lauritzen from Denmark. She is educated as a social educator in 2002. Since she has been working in the field of psychiatri. She’s very interested in working in the same field in Ireland. Please write her if you can help her with a contact or maybe knowledge about psychiatri in Ireland. Her e-mail is Thanks a lot.



Igor Lipsky is dead

We are very sorry to inform you that Igor Lipsky passed away just before Christmas. He was buried from a military hospital in Moscow the 23rd of December 2013.

Igor Lipsky, Professor and Doctor in Social Pedagogy , had a special career. He was a scientist (with a military background as a colonel) and an excellent author of many important and well used books in Russia about the social pedagogical profession.

He was representing The Russian Union of Social Workers and Social Pedagogues in the Board of AIEJI from 2009 to 2013. We are very sorry to have lost an important colleague.

A presentation of Igor Lipsky’s impressive career, and farewell words, are written in Russian by Tatjana Sapozhnikova, Director of staff training Institute, Moscow: памяти Липского И А

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year


Dear all


Soon it is Christmas and shortly after we can write 2014.


I hope 2013 was a good year for social educators all over the world. A milestone for me was the AIEJI World Congress in Luxembourg in April with participation of around 500 social educators from 36 countries. It is very special to be gathered in and around a profession that has so much to offer.


The congress also included the AIEJI General Assembly where important principles for a new organizational structure were decided in order to strengthen the work of AIEJI. The board has been working on this since, and there has been a meeting in June and one in November – both in Spain.


Soon members of AIEJI will see this work and receive a proposal to new by-laws with the opportunity to comment, and the 5th of April there will be an extra ordinary General Assembly in Spain. More information will follow.


Also the project work about unaccompanied refugee children has taken form. The focus is the crucial social educational work with these minors who are far away from their families and who know nothing about their future.


Questionnaires, of mainly quantitative character, have been collected from members of AIEJI to get information about conditions in different countries. Thank you so much to you who contributed.


The work is going to be followed up by qualitative interviews of social educators working with the children, analysis of material and surveys on the issue, and a final report. Seminars will be planned in autumn 2014: One in The Middle East, one in Europe and one in South America.


I want to thank all for the work you have done in our professional field the last year. The economic crisis has been challenging us  -  fewer jobs, change in working conditions, and more people who need our support. It is a rough time to be a social educator in. But we know we can do a difference. And we do it – even though conditions out of our reach are present. Thank you for that, again.


I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. May 2014 bring all the best!


Benny Andersen

(President of AIEJI)

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.