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The time has come to say goodbye. For more than four years AIEJI has been a great part of my life, an experience I shall never forget. I feel extremely lucky and thankful to have had this opportunity to meet so many wonderful people, people with big hearts and great smiles.


For more than four years I have had the honour to correspond with people from all over the world every single day – and it has given me great joy. Most of you carry out a job that makes a difference in other people’s lives every single day and you have my deepest respect. Your enthusiasm and energy has been amazing and very inspiring and it has meant a lot to me on a personal level to work with you.


I have participated in two world congresses and many board meetings and I am happy to see that AIEJI is as strong as ever. Today, AIEJI’s website has 662 subscribers and this is thanks to you, social educators from around the world who wish to be part of this international movement and continually work for getting recognized and acknowledged as a profession.


It has been a great ride and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. If you wish to contact me, feel free to write me at

Intervention in families

Dear friends,


Hereby the presentation of the workshop from our colleagues in the Basque Country. The workshop was “Socio-educational intervention with families in difficulty for the integration and social inclusion” and was held by Elena Aycart and Ainhoa Martin.


The presentation talks about a model of intervention in the families where the social educator coordinates the work of the team of professionals involved to assist the families in developing skills to achieve social inclusion in their environment.


Download the presentation here.

Social catering

Dear friends,


Dr. Emiliano Proietto has send me the script of his workshop “I’m worth too” on social catering in Italy. It talks about how the vast restaurant business in Italy has become a sector very suitable for employing persons with disabilities, mental illnesses, homeless and other marginalized groups of society.


If you wish to learn more about social catering in Italy, download the script here.

Early Childhood Development

Here is another Dutch study on early childhood development and the relation between the parents and professionals.


Early Childhood Development: Practice and Reflection, Making the road as we go – Parents and professionals as partners managing diversity in early childhood education.


Authors: Fuusje de Graaff & Anke van Keulen


Although the report focuses on children in regular childcare it might shed some light on practice also for persons working with children placed in public care.


Download the report here.

Dutch thesis on Family Therapy

Our new board member from Luxembourg, Honoré Grégorius, has sent me this very interesting master thesis from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands about Social support and organisation in Swedish Family Centres and Dutch Youth and Family Centres written by Sanne de Vriers.



“The aim of the present study is to gain insight into how parents benefit from social support in Dutch Youth and Family Centres and Swedish Family Centres. A comparison has led to some recommendations for the Dutch Youth and Family Centres. Professionals and parents in both countries were interviewed. Results showed that the Dutch parents, in contrast to the Swedish parents, did not engage in social contacts in the centre and only benefitted from social support from professionals. Further, Dutch professionals had a different task than Swedish professionals, which contributed to a different approach. The combination of an open preschool, a well-being approach, and professionals with the task to promote the well-being of families seemed to be the most important precondition for a successful centre. These findings led to the recommendation to change the atmosphere in the Dutch Youth and Family Centres from a „problem-oriented‟ to a „supportive-oriented‟ atmosphere. Only then the open preschool could be introduced in the centres.”


If you wish to read the thesis, you can download it here.

Workshop on girls with ADD

Dear friends,


For those of you interested in the workshop “Girls with ADD talk about their learning and social participation on the school environment” by Kristín Lilliendahl, you can download the presentation here.

Contacts in the Netherlands

Contacts in the Netherlands


Dear friends,


Social worker Aurélie Awandji from France is looking for a social worker organization in the Netherlands. If you know of any social worker/social educator organization in the Netherlands or have any other related contacts that could point in the right direction, please leave a comment to this post or contact Aurélie Awandji:

Tel    +33 3 21 37 56 46

Mob + 33 6 72 77 25 48




Lifelong Learning

Dear friends,


For those of you who missed or would like to refresh the workshop “Social Pedagogy and communitary intervention: The social pedagogue as a promotor for lifelong learning” of Isabel Baptista and Cindy Vaz from Portugal they have been so kind to send us the slides.


Download the slides here.

Presentation from Portugal

Dear friends,


Our colleagues from Portugal have been so kind to send their presentation from the congress in Luxembourg. The presentation talks about how social education emerged in Portugal and about the struggle for professional recognition and it talks about uniting the social educators in a common national organisation.


The title of the presentation is “Social Education in Portugal – Problems and Professional Recognition”.


Download the presentation here.


Please feel free to send me your presentation if you would want it to be published here.

News from Fair Start

Here are some news from our friends at Fair Start:




In the free online education program for social pedagogues , we continue to create more language versions. I have also designed resource sessions for educating children in exercising their rights, in how to inform children and youth about sexuality and prevention, etc.


You can use these staff education “sessions”. The session concerning educating children in their rights can be found if you click “resources” at


This is our second version of the social pedagogue training program. When tested, it will also be in Russian, Bulgarian, Polish, Latvian and Danish language versions. For more info, go to


PS: For colleagues in Brazil, we have translated the texts of into Brazilian Portuguese, and the book about helping children with attachment problems is here in Portuguese:


Best from Fair Start educations and Niels Peter Rygaard, Denmark

AIEJI’s 19th World Congress

Aieji 19th World Congress

XIX Congresso

In the President's Report 2017 you can read about AIEJI's work and projects from 2013-2017. You can also read about the coming work programme for the next four years.

Download the report here.

AIEJI’s 18th World Congress

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.