In less than a month we’ll celebrate the international day of social educators. The event will be all over the world with the hashtag #thefinestjobintheworld on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. By letter we’ll ask our member organizations to contribute with short videos showing what make social educators’ competences special. Also all AIEJI subscribers will be asked to share photos. More information will follow.
From AIEJIs member organisation APTSES:
The 5th International Congress of Social Education is held in the days 02 and 03 October 2015, during the commemoration of the International Day of social educator at the School of Education and Social Sciences of Leiria. The central theme of the congress will be the familiar contexts of vulnerability and will be present social education professionals, from Portugal and other countries, including Benny Andersen, president of Aieji.
Associação dos Profissionais Técnicos Superiores de Educação Social (APTSES)
My name is Yannik, I’m from Denmark, and I am a young man at age 25. I speak English, Swedish, Norwegian and a little French. I’m a social educator and I did my final exam January 2015. I’m specialized in people with social problems (especially alcohol problems). I´ve been working with people with physical and mental illnesses, people with abuses and people with mental/social problems. In addition, I escort people with physical and mental illnesses.
I’m open to work in many different areas with different people. But in particular I search for a work with youngsters or adults with some kind of mental or social problems.
I am very good at creating an overview and I am flexible and meeting stable. I engage me in the work I’m doing, and my ethical thoughts have been praised at my previous jobs. I can work solo and take decisions, but I also seek advice in my team. In critical situations I keep calm.
I believe that it is through reflections and sparring with your coworkers that we are developing the pedagogical thinking. We get more conscious about what we are doing and how we do our work in the best possible way. It is our job to support them in the experience of “the good life”.
I hope very much to receive an e-mail from you
Yannik Noah Næsby, Denmark
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.
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.
Kim Steimle (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (email@example.com)
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)
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