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After years of preparation, the is proud to present our research based online education for trainer’s trainers, in training groups of staff and leaders in residential, small group home, and care for groups of fugitive children. You  can get the folder here:

Instructors join a four month international class online, and use our training sessions in attachment based care for caregiver groups, so far in 17 language versions.

The folder has links to evaluations from the first international class of instructors educated, from NGO’s in seven countries. Just click at the blue links inside.

We look forward to partnerships with your organizations and professionals about this curriculum, setting international standards for staff and caregiver education. In 2017 we will launch a similar class for foster and kinship care professionals and educators.”

Med venlig hilsen/ yours sincerely

Niels Peter Rygaard, DPA authorized psychologist

Adoption expert for Socialstyrelsen VISO

C/o Key2See, Frederiks Alle 112B

8000 Aarhus C Denmark  ph: +4561106440

CEO at


Newsletter June 2017


First of all in this newsletter I´ll thank you our Brazilian member organization AEESSP for their great job hosting our world congress in April in Campinas. This was the 19th world congress of AIEJI. More than 500 social educators from 24 different countries participated and it was a very special occasion to celebrate the finest job in the World.

I met so many dedicated professionals and it made me very proud to be the president for AIEJI, the only world organization for social educators.   And I´m very happy that I at the General Assembly was elected for president for 4 more years. Thank you.  I’m also very happy to welcome two more members in the board: Nicola Titta from Italy (ANEP) and Silvia Azevedo from Portugal (APTSES) who is also officer of the European office of AIEJI. I look very much forward to work together with you. Silvia takes over from Maria Jose Calderon from Spain (AEDEQ), and I want to thank Maria Jose for her participation in the board.

We also had to say goodbye to Irmelin Sangolt Tjelflaat from Norway (FO) who did a very good job as a General Secretary for AIEJI in the last congress period. Thank you for that! And also I want to communicate my gratitude to Emmanuel Grupper from Israel (EFSHAR) for his job as the officer of the Middle Eastern office. I’m happy that Emmanuel is still a member of the board.

The next board meeting will be 25th and 26th November in Porto in Portugal. At this meeting we are, among other things, going to discuss how and in which order to work with the coming projects that was decided at the General Assembly at the world congress. In connection to the meeting we are also going to arrange an extra ordinary general assembly in order to elect a new general secretary and maybe also a new treasurer from January 2018 and a new officer to the Middle Eastern office. I’ll come back to that in a coming newsletter.


The last AIEJI congress period 2013-2017

In our last congress period I think we in AIEJI managed to work out to very important projects (as you can read in “presidents report” placed in right side margin of this site). In the following I would like to sum up what we did.

We shed light on social educational work with refugee minor asylum seekers and social educational work within mental health. In June 2015, AIEJI published the report ”Social educational work with refugee minor asylum seekers”. The report was drawn up based on interviews with social educators in Israel, Spain, Italy and Denmark, in addition to unaccompanied refugee minors to the latter two countries. Theoretical perspectives and methods were incorporated into the delineation of good practices for social educational work with this target group. The AIEJI board communicated the project to all AIEJI members and other organisations who take an interest in this very important issue. The feedback from AIEJI member organisations has been that the report has been/is very useful for the focus on the social educational Work with this target group – which includes the work at the social educational working places in the respective countries.

During the preceding congress period, AIEJI was added to the list of INGOS holding participatory status within the Council of Europe, and under the auspices of such the AIEJI project concerning social education work with refugee minors was presented in Strasbourg in January 2016. Subsequently, a presentation of the project was sought in the Council of Europe itself under the auspices of the work programme Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the context of major risks prevention and management. This presentation took place in Lisbon in October of the same year, plus an AIEJI article about the project was issued in the publication Migrants, Refugees, Asylum Seekers: Inclusion in Disaster Preparedness and Response, October 2016, Council of Europe. The project was also presented under the auspices of UNHCR. And in the northern part of the world the report was presented at a congress in Finland “Courage in social educational work” June 2015.

The next AIEJI report social educational work within mental health was completed in February 2017 and was presented for the first time in its finished form to the world congress in Brazil in April. The project builds on empirical data (interviews) from seven countries: Brazil, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and Denmark – involving both social psychiatry as well as treatment psychiatry. As in the project described above, theoretical perspectives and methods have been incorporated into the delineation of good practices for social educational work. In December 2016, the project was presented in an article by AIEJI in the Swiss magazine SozialAktuell (No. 12) with the title Psychische Gesundheit und Sozialpädagogik.


AIEJI in the future (2017-2021)

At the general assembly at the world congress it was decided that AIEJI will focus on three subjects in the social educational field within this congress period.

We want to shed light on social educational work with elderly people and people diagnosed with dementia. Focus will be on the latter, since this group represents an increasing part of the world’s population and calls for unique professional competences. It is crucial for people’s life chances, that they get the right support in everyday life. There is a need that the social policy efforts, in favour of the elderly and people suffering with dementia, focus on and give a support, which gives the opportunity for development, participation and codetermination in everyday life. There is a need that we do not only focus on the age, getting older, and there is a need that we do not only focus on the diagnosis dementia.

In this context social education is and can be a key element. Consequently, AIEJI will in the coming congress period initiate a project that focuses on social educators and the role of social education, tasks and the importance of the work with giving elderly people and people with dementia opportunities e.g. to participate in society, to give voice to their life situation. The project must collect worldwide examples of social educational work with elderly people and people with dementia. The project is going to result in a number of recommendations on how social educators can qualify the work with this group of citizens. The project aims to inspire social educators around the world working with senior citizens and citizens suffering with dementia.

Another subject AIEJI will shed light on is Ethics in the social educational work.Values and attitudes play a major role in social education. The social educational profession is the only profession that is consistently citizen-based; it is, as already mentioned in this article, consistently on the citizens’ side. Working with people in challenging life situations also requires that social educators have strong core values. It is about the view of humanity, it is about the professions autonomy, and it is about the political framework for social education around the world.

Today AIEJI already has a number of ethical principles for the social educational work (“Ethical guidelines for social educators”). A number of AIEJI’s member organisations also have ethical core values or ethical guidelines. Discussions and guidelines are crucial for social educators around the world. Therefore, a project that will partly identify currently ethical principles of AEIJI’s member organisations must be initiated. The project is going to identify common approaches and values within social educational work. The project should lead to a new set of values for social educators. A set of values that is going to be a part of AIEJI’s fundament; A set of values that also gives a number of recommendations to AIEJI’s member organisations; A set of values that can inspire social educators around the world in their daily work.

The third subject for AIEJI in this congress period is to be occupied with recruiting more members. Today AIEJI is the only international organisation in the world representing the social educational subject, the social educational profession and social educators as a professional group. Today AIEJI has the strongest position in Europe and Latin America. AIEJI has currently many members around the world. But AIEJI is, like many other international organisations, challenged by the fact that many places are financially strained, a world in which people increasingly focus on themselves. AIEJI’s work on specific projects about social educators’ competences and tasks in a number of fields has proven that there is a need, more than ever, for an international professional association of social educators. If an association like this did not exist, there would be a risk that social education would be reduced from a separate profession to a method within social work. Therefore, it is important and essential that AIEJI continues to be strengthened; that more organisations which represent social educators join AIEJI.

I look very much forward to lead the AIEJI tasks for 2017-2021. And I want to emphasize that it is not enough to develop great projects at board level. The important thing is to make them work in the social educational field and also to use them in political situations when needed. We will in the board do what we can to facilitate this and hope for your support to actively use and communicate the projects. Thanks a lot.

Kind regards

Benny Andersen

(President for AIEJI)






ChildHelp Sierra Leone


ChildHelp Sierra Leone need 17 volunteers aged from 18 years and

above, with or without children and spouses.


Fields are:

1. Training of staff in workplace policies

2. Training of communities and schools in school sanitation and health education

3. Vocational courses in any field – we welcome new study areas

4. Training of School principals and teachers in the code of conduct

for schools and their students especially for the girl-child

5. training of school pupils in different subjects

6. Community work areas: Agriculture, farming, gardening,

micro-enterprise development, appropriate technologies, adult literacy

and computer studies – basic computer literacy.


Volunteering period: Throughout the year


Accommodation: Volunteers live in reasonable guest houses, stay homes,

community homes, stay with community people, hotels, farms, etc as

they needs.


Any other information can be requested from the office.



Wulay Koroma

IC Office


4 Police Barracks Road,


Sierra Leone


Looking for job abroad

Hi, my name is Mary. I live in Denmark and I am 25 years old. I am studying to become a Bachelor in Social Education, which I will finish in June 2017. I like to experience new things, and I have always dreamt of working outside of Denmark when I finish my education. I have been thinking about a job in Spain or UK, but I am open for possibilities in other countries as well. I have work field experience with adults and kids with disabilities, which gave me a good and educational experience. In connecting with my assignment before I graduate, I also have about 1 month of work field experience with refugee children in asylum centers which I have a big interest in, and would love to work in that environment again. Otherwise working with kids or young people in general also have my interest. I speak English, Arabic and Danish. I hope someone is able to help me in any way. Please contact me on e-mail: for any further questions. Kind regards Mary

A glimpse of the World Congress 2017

Social educators from 24 countries were gathered on 10-12 April 2017 at AIEJI’s World Congress in Brazil. 600 social educators were proud to celebrate that they have #thefinestjobintheworld. The motto of the congress was I am because we are.

At the congress social educators from all over the world shared their experiences, stories, good examples – and the difference they make for marginalised people.


There were also musical performances at the World Congress.


Benny Andersen was re-elected as the president of AIEJI. 

“Shoulder to shoulder, we stand together here and the goal is to make the world a better place. And the world needs that! The world needs us.” The president completed his speech with this message: “When you get up in the morning and look at yourselves in the mirror, then say to yourselves, or shout to yourselves – Yes, I have the finest job in the world” – and everybody shouted together!


The new AEIJI board was elected, and most of the members are gathered on this group photo. From the left side you can see Claudio Desanti Sanchez, Ney Moraes, Benny Andersen, Silvia Azevedo, Lorenzo Lucarelli og Daniela Duff.

AIEJI World Congress 10th – 12th April

The 19th AIEJI World Congress took place in Brazil, April 2017.



The two reports, presented at the World Congress, can be downloaded here:

Social educational work with refugee minor asylum seekers.

Social educational work within mental health.

Looking for job in US…

My name is Lars. I’m 26 years old and from Denmark.
I’m looking to move to the US, more specifically the New York/New Jersey areas.
I have a Bachelor in Social Education and I have work field experience from working in a social psychiatric environment, where I have encountered people with multiple diagnoses and drug addiction.
I would prefer to work in this kind of environment again but I’m open to other kinds of work within the Social Educational spectrum.
I’ve recently visited the US and Canada, so I have a taste of what it’s like over there.
My English is fluent both in writing and speaking.
If you have any interest or if you are able to help me in any way, please contact me on

Newsletter New Year 2017

Dear all

I want to wish you a Happy New Year.

2016 has been a busy and very interesting year for AIEJI. As written in the latest newsletter there has been quite a lot of focus on our project about social educational work with refugee minor asylum seekers – especially through presentations of the project in The European Council. The very unhappy situation concerning refugees in our world has been a main topic in 2016 and I very much hope that 2017 will be the year where war and conflicts will be replaced by societies moving their ways in to balance and humanity.

In AIEJI, right now, the focus is on our coming World Congress in Campinas in Brazil 10th of April to 12th of April. The title of the congress is “I am because we are”. Please have a look at the website made by our Brazilian congress host AEESSP where you can see the program and find out about practical issues about the congress. Under submissions you’ll find call for papers if you consider to sent in a description of a workshop. Please do that before the first of February.

At the congress AIEJIs projects for the congress period 2013-2017 of course also will be represented. This includes the project about refugee minors and our project about social educational work within mental health which among other thongs includes empiric data from 7 countries (Brazil, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and Denmark). The report about mental health will be published at our website soon. The report about refugee minors where published at the website in 2015.

In November the AIEJI board meeting where held in Brazil at Campinas State University which will be the venue of the congress. The world congress, including the General Assembly, was the main topic at the board meeting and I want to use this opportunity to thank the people from our Brazilian host organization AEESSP who together with other actors work hard to realize the special event – AIEJIs 19th World Congress.

Thank you all AIEJI “followers” for 2016. AIEJI newsletters will follow in 2017 so that you can be updated on the major activities in AIEJI. I hope to see many of you in Campinas in April.

Again I wish you a Happy New Year.

Benny Andersen
(President of AIEJI).

Join the international online education class for NGO and professional trainers of caregiver groups

As you are probably aware, NGOs and caregivers in group care systems (small group homes, orphanages, fugitive child groups) around the world have little access to formal and research based caregiver training, and group instructor education. To meet this demand for high quality trainer’s training, now has designed an online education in training groups of caregivers.

The first class Jan 2017 is already full – participants are from Russia, India, Indonesia, Canada and Estonia. If you wish to join the class starting medio March 2017, please mail us at We will provide you with materials.

You can find more details about our mission to change child research into low cost training tools for NGOs at

Since 2008, Fairstart designed free online training programmes in fifteen language versions, to provide local NGOs worldwide with high quality caregiver training. We cooperate with NGOs who translate and adjust our training programs to local culture during training. For example, we are developing versions of our training programs in Swahili and Kinyarwanda, for SOSChildren’s Villages. We operate on all continents.

To ensure the successful implementation of our online based training, we have now developed a Certified online Instructor Education. This education is a low cost tool to educate key persons in your organisation in how to use our online caregiver group training programmes. It complies with the European Qualification Standard at level five (mastering theory and group education). NGOs can refer groups for instructor training, and individuals can sign up as well.
(We are currently working on the design of a foster care instructor education in using also our foster care training programmes – this will be available during 2017).

How can I apply for joining the first class?

The instructor education is an eight module online-based curriculum which takes 4 months to complete and requires only 3-4 hours of work a week for each student. During this, each student trains a group of caregivers, using five sessions from our online caregiver group training programs.

Education demo: On our webpage ( you can access a free demo and study the first module, which will guide you through our education, its structure and its benefits.

Best wishes from child psychologist Niels Peter Rygaard, CEO at the Fairstart Foundation, Denmark”

Female social educator looking for job in France

Je m’appelle Merete, j’ai 29 ans et je cherche un travail en France. I graduated as a social educator in 2015 in Copenhagen in Denmark and have since then worked with young refugees. I have also experience from working in an orphanage and with people with mental developmental disorder. I have travelled quite a bit and enjoy learning new things and adapt into new cultures. For many years I’ve wanted to live in France and now seems to be the perfect time. That’s why I’m hoping to find a job, where I can use my skills as a social educator and at the same time gain more experience within my field. I’m looking for a job preferably with teens or young adults with some kind of social vulnerability or difficulties.
My French is not perfect, but I am taking French classes twice a week and am learning fast. I believe I’ll soon be able to communicate in French on a decent level. If you have knowledge of a job opportunity, a contact or just like to learn more about me please don’t hesitate to send me an email at

Best regards Merete Nørgaard, 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.