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

News from the Fair Start Project


The free online education in quality care for children without parents in orphanages and foster families – – has now led to a second EU project, where the education is tested and applied also in Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, Latvia and Denmark.

The success of the first project, 2008-10 started 2012-14,  where the partner countries mentioned are testing and educating their staffs in the program’s quality care practices. The non-profit education program for staff groups and leaders in new langiugages will be available online in these languages also during 2013.

The partner organizations of the second project in those countries can be found at .

The program includes two new versions, where one is for institutional workplaces (orphanages,  residential care, kindergartens, etc.) and the other is for foster family managers and their foster families.

Furthermore, the program is spreading in 3rd world countries (please see In India, the Fair Start program will now be applied in establishing a foster family care system in a Hindi version in Rajastan, a very poor region, by the government. In Indonesia the program in Bahasa is now standard education for all orphanages.

One outcome of this work is that the global network of child care researchers are contributing to a special issue of Infant Mental Health Journal. This issue is dedicated to the challenge of how child care research can influence political decisions about child care systems and education of educators/ intervention programs. High quality contributions from 20 countries promise an exciting issue.

For further info about program use, research, participation etc. please contact Fair Start expert and child psychologist Niels Peter Rygaard at , or via


Fair Start

Fair Start – a free e-learning and organizational development program for orphanages and foster families in quality care giving.

The free online education program in quality orphan care is now spreading from Europe to 3rd World countries.

The program was developed in the European Union project and tested by orphanages and foster family managers in 7 EU countries for two years, before launching the 15 session education  for staffs and orphan care leaders, in 8 language versions (English, German, Romanian, Turkish, Spanish, Italian, Catalan and Greek).

The sessions demonstrate quality infant stimulation, attachment based care and social organization of daily life to ensure continuity in care. Video examples of quality care – produced by participants – makes the program hands-on and practical, it’s child care research transformed into simple principles of quality care. Have a look!

Thanks to volunteer researchers and caregivers, many new language versions are being produced: Arabian, Brazilian Portuguese, Bahasa (Indonesia), Bulgarian, Burmese, Egyptian, Ethiopian, French, Hungarian, Karen, Latvian, Persian, Polish, Russian, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Mandarin Chinese, Urdu, Vietnamese.

In this paper, read further about the background of Fair Start and find instructions on how to use for educational and organizational development. Feel free to use this tool for your professional development and child care work.

The presentation from Rosa Maria Torres

It is with great delight that we can now present a written version of the presentation that Rosa Maria Torres gave at the AIEJI world congress in Copenhagen, May 2009.

For those of you who were there, you will remember this great presentation about how the tradition of social education is different between Europe and Latin America and among the countries within each region and how the social educator is also a political agent.

Rosa Maria Torres has established a blog about education and this is also where you will find her AIEJI presentation.

Social pedagogy in a European perspective

Dear friends and colleagues,

In the on-going discussion about the profession of social educators and social pedagogues and how it is defined in different countries, I received a very interesting paper that talks about social work and social pedagogy in England, Germany, France and Denmark.

The paper is very informative in the way that it gives an insight to understand social work in an English context and how there is a growing interest and understanding of social pedagogy in the UK.

Download the paper European Perspectives on Social work: Models of Education and Professional Roles.

Italian classification of Educatori Professionali

In Italy, educatori professionali are recognized only by the Ministry of Health and the training for working in the profession is handled by medical school. This is important at European level, because Italy may be the only country in Europe where social educators are labeled “health professionals” and not a social profession. Educatori professionali work in social services too, but there is no law in Italy recognizing the social professionals. The only social profession recognized in Italy is the social worker, which in Italy is called assistente sociale but is different profession. We as educatori professionali work with social workers, but we’re not social workers. In short, educatori professionali have the same competences as social educators

in Spain or in Denmark, as it was ratified by the “AIEJI Common Platform for Social Educators in Europe”, but in Italy they are recognized as health professionals.

So, if a social educator coming from Spain or Denmark wants to work as educatore professionale in Italy, she must submit her training to the Italian Ministry of Health, and often she must do countervailing measures (stages, exams etc.).

In Italy ANEP is involved with the other health professionals such as nurses, physiotherapists, speech therapists, radiologists, and so on. This is the reason why we, as Italian educators, are so interested in the European Directive: as health professionals we are in Europe in the same pool as other health professionals, but as social professionals we are in the same pool as our colleagues in AIEJI. Our position is not clear and we hope the European Directive can bring more clarity.

Workshop on Child Rights Education

Dear friends,

On 29th of March 2011, Ms. Namita Lamsal, coordinator of AIEJI’s South-East Asian network took part in a workshop on “Child Rights Education”, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The workshop was coordinated by Creating Possbilities, of which Ms. Namita Lamsal is a key member.

The main goal of the workshop was to create a knowledge base in order to initiate academic education courses on children’s right on both national and regional level in Nepal.

Among key stakeholders at the workshop were UNICEF Nepal, Save the Children International, Supreme Court of Nepal, International Institute for the Rights of the Child and Institute Universitaire Kurt Bösch.

The workshop included a presentation and discussion session about the need for education on children’s rights in Nepal, the activities conducted so far and a proposal of content for an educational programme. This was followed by group work where each group discussed a given topic: Needs and activities in order to realize the education; stakeholders and their roles and responsibilities in realizing the education; educational programmes: training, bachelor/master, post graduate.

The workshop concluded that there is a need for education on children’s rights and mandated Creating Possibilities to proceed with the efforts to realize it. The main aim is to develop trainers who can go to remote areas of Nepal while also building partnerships with government, universities and academic people to formulate a child rights policy.

See pictures and read the report  here.

Fair Start recommendations

Dear friends,

Here is another report which can be interesting, sent to me by Niels Peter Rygaard from the Fair Start project.

Based on the EU Leonardo Division Fair Start education project, recommendations for educational standards for working with placed children were given to the commission in this report by N.P.Rygaard, Fair Start content expert.

The recommendations were made by the social educators and leaders from 5 countries and are formed on the basis of their daily work and the common problems that professionals must have the competences to resolve.

Read the Fair Start recommendations here. 


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.