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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

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!


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


Best wishes

Sara Robles

Néckel Schmitz

Dear all

Last week our colleague and board member in our association APEG in Luxembourg, Néckel Schmitz, died after his long disease. Néckel was one of the reasons for the very succesfull Aieji World congress 2013 in Luxembourg. It is a big loss for us and the entire social pedagogical scene in Luxembourg. Thank you Néckel for the nice moments, for your professional engagement and RIP. You will survive in our hearts.

Benny Andersen

President Aieji

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)





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.