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.
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:
Thanks a lot.
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.
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: email@example.com
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 http://events.unitn.it/en/mappesinternational2015 .
Call for abstracts is online and the 1st deadline is 11. nov. 2014.
“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 fourth International Congress on Social Education, which is focused on “Deviant behavior and social reintegration” and will take place in Santarém (near Lisbon, Portugal) on 2nd and 3rd of October 2014. For further information and registration, visit the website of the event: www.congressointernacionaleducacaosocial.pt or contact APTSES at firstname.lastname@example.org”.
As written in the latest newsletters AIEJI is working on a project concerning social educational work with refugee children. Working with these children, and their life conditions, will be the theme on a regional seminar in Rome 27th and 28th of September. The Italian member organisation ANEP is the organizer of this seminar.
Please have a look at The presentation for further information about the seminar.
Maria from Denmark wrote:
My name is Maria and I’m 26 years old. In January 2012 I graduated from college and got a bachelor degree in social education. After graduation I did volunteer work for two months at a camp for people with disabilities in Missouri, USA. After camp I got a job as a social educator here in Denmark. I have been working at an afterschool daycare since October 2013. I love working with children/adults with disabilities and is therefore looking for a job in that area.
I am interested in working in any country that has English as their main language, as I speak English fluently. In addition to that if any Spanish speaking country has a job where it is not required that you speak Spanish I am interested in that too.
Please contact me at this email address if interested: email@example.com.