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European Symposium of Professional Associations of Social Educators

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The European Office of the International Association of Social Educators  (OE-AIEJI) at the moment represented by the Council of Social Educators’ Collegues of Spain, concerned with the dynamics of the E.U regarding the recognition of Professional Qualifications  is calling and organising  the European Symposium of Professional Associations of Social Educators.


 5th and  6th April 2014.


 The city of Zaragoza. Centro de Historias (C/ San Agustin, 2)

 There will be simultaneous translation Languages of the Symposiumon Spanish- English-Spanish


We expect two representatives from each professional association in Europe will attend this meeting. Participation in the Symposium is by invitation only. The European Bureau of AIEJI aims to have different elements from all European countries so that the agreements and arguments can have the greatest possible representation and involvement.

We refer to professional associations as those organisations that represent the collective of Social Educators in their countries. Those that have stated by their by-laws  to work towards the promotion and organisation of the profession in their respective countries, with the purpose of improving the quality of service provision to people with whom educators work.

It is preferable that professional association participates in research about common training principles by filling a excel sheet with universities or centres and scientific areas.

So far we present the relation of Professional Associations of Social Educators we know and have invited, we will be very glad to know of any other existing  entities:

Association Professionelle des Educateurs Spécialisé(e)s (APDES) BELGIUM
Organisation Nacional des educateurs specialises (ONES) FRANCE
Udruga Socijalnih Pedagoga, HUSP CROATIA
Social Paedagogernes Landsforbund, SL DENMARK
Foroya Pedagogfelag – Trade Union FAROE  ISLANDSISLANDS
Talentia-Union of Professional Social Workers in Finland FINLAND
Deustcher Berufsverband für Socialarbeit Sozialpädagogik und Heilpëdagogik DBSH GERMANY
Sociálně pedagogické poradenství a služby CZEC REP.
Asociation of Social Workers CYPRUS
Throskathjalfafelag Islands ICELAND
Assoziazione Nazionale e d’Educatori Professionalli (ANEP) ITALY
Latvijas Sociato pedagogu feracija LATVIA
Association of Social Pedagogues of Lithuania LITHUANIA
Assotiaton Professionelle des Educateurs Gradués (APEG) LUXEMBOURG
Union of Social Educators and Social Workers (FO) NORWAY
Pestalozzi Foundation ROMANIA
Association of Social Pedagogues and Social Workers of the Russian Federation RUSSIA
Association of Social Work Education SLOVAKIA
Slovenian Association of Social Pedagogues (ZZSP) SLOVENIA
Consejo General de Colegios de Educadoras y Educadores Sociales (CGCEES) SPAIN
Yrkesforeningen Sveriges Socialarbetera (YSS) SWEDEN


 The invited associations should contact the secretariat of the Symposium in order to  give the names and position of their representatives. In economical terms associations will be only required to pay for their trip to Zaragoza, lunch and dinner. The European Office of AIEJI will  pay for the organisation of the event and the accommodation of the participants (one doble room+breakfast)

You can contact us at:


Paseo Fernando el Católico, 6 – Bajo Dcha. 50006 ZARAGOZA

Telf 00-34-690.055.690

 Fax 00-34-976 07.69.56







Erasmus+ 2014 and HETI world congress Taiwan 2015

Here are two announcements from Dr. Lorenzo Lucarelli from Spain:

Erasmus+ 2014

Dear colleagues,

As president of the Spanish Association for the equine mediated education and activities, I have the honor to present you the new project Erasmus+ in which our organization is involved.

It is a call for papers addressed to all those organizations who work or wish to work with the animal mediation (specially horses mediation) in social education activities.

The coordinator of the project will be HRDF, the Hungarian federation of Riding for the disable, linked with the International Children Safety Service, ICSS. Other participants are France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, and possibly also Slovakia.

The goal of the project is to set up a students exchange network across Europe and worldwide, in the field of the animal mediated education and therapies, since we know that practicing with animals is very good for social education students for it enable them to communicate non verbally without any kind of violence. This skill is very important in Social education as well as in other fields.

We are looking not only for full partners participating in the project but also for silent partners who would be beneficiaries of the project and help us in the dissemination of results.

If you wish to receive more information about the project you may write an email to me at or at or you can write to the president of HRDF, Peter Edvi, at or at

Thank you very much for your kind attention, replies and comments

Best regards

Dr. Lorenzo Lucarelli – AEDEQ – HETI – FITRAM – AIEJI


HETI world congress Taiwan 2015 

Dear colleagues,

as member of the International Executive Committee of HETI, the International Federation of the Horse in Education and Therapy, I will participate next year 2015 in the HETI world congress in Taiwan.

 It is an honor for me to invite at the congress call for papers any organization or any educator who wish to present a speech or a poster or organize a workshop about animal mediation activities. You can find more information about this congress at the following link:

 Best regards

Dr. Lorenzo Lucarelli – AEDEQ – HETI – FITRAM – AIEJI

Looking for internship

Ivana Rukavina who’s a student in Croatia has this request:

I am a MA student at the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences in Zagreb(Croatia) looking for an internship opportunity related to my field of study which is Social Pedagogy.

Preferred placements would definitely be traineeships focusing on psychiatry and criminology because of my previous experience and my interest. However, all other suggestions and opportunities are very welcome !

Please do not hesitate to contact me for personal information.

 Kind regards,

Ivana Rukavina

Work in Ireland?

This is a request from Henriette Lauritzen from Denmark. She is educated as a social educator in 2002. Since she has been working in the field of psychiatri. She’s very interested in working in the same field in Ireland. Please write her if you can help her with a contact or maybe knowledge about psychiatri in Ireland. Her e-mail is Thanks a lot.



Equine mediated education

Lorenzo Lucarelli, living in Spain, has asked me to post this interesting letter:


Dear friends and colleagues of social pedagogy,


Equine mediated education and therapy are a set of activities aimed to give to the users some living experiences with horses (and/or other animals too) in the natural environment.


Equine mediated educators and therapists act together with their equine partners in order to improve certain aspects of life of people who may suffer either from a disability and/or from social exclusion.


With physically disable people the horse help extending the range of mobility of the pelvis, the spine, and the legs and arms. Improve breathing and all metabolic processes through walking exercises, improve communication and social skills, balance and strength. With psychically disable people the relation with horses helps in building, maintaining and/or recovering personal and social skills.


But where the equine mediated activities show their true potential is in social education and in social work. Equine mediated activities have proven to be highly effective in drug addictions rehabilitation, in helping the immigrants to get integrated in their new host societies, in giving a break, a breath to the people who is stressed by the city fast lifestyle, and in many other ways that it would be too hard to explain… in fact we are talking about experiences… about real living experiences with animals, trying to get along and to make them do what we would like them to do, but without using any kind of violence or constriction on them.


Since equine mediated education and therapies are so good for the mankind and for a peaceful relation of our society with nature, it is important that all the educators get aware of the fact that it is a need to protect the animals’ rights and to integrate them in our ordinary life.


We stride for a better future together with our friends the animals… would you help us?


Thank you very much.


In order to receive more details about our projects please don’t hesitate to write to or else to


more information about equine mediated education and therapies in the following webs:

Study visit in Berlin


Dear somebody with eventually knowledge of institutions in Berlin


One of our working places in Denmark is visiting Berlin in November 2014. The professionals would very much like to visit a working place in Berlin working with children and families with psychosocial difficulties. Please answer this if you have any knowledge about such an institution.

Thanks a lot.

International Fellowship Program


Dear all

The International Fellowship Recruiter at Anderson Center for Autism in the United States, Saba Dini, announces that ACA has developed its own International Fellowship Program. ACA encourages candidates with Bachelor/ Master degree in social service disciplines i.e. social services work, mental health, special education, psychology, and related studies to apply.

This program places qualified candidates at ACA for 12 months on a J-1 trainee visa. ACA will provide adequate accommodation and facilities in the US for fellows. Fellows have the opportunity to participate in this learn and work program with experienced Anderson professionals in the social services field. Fellows will experience placement with children and adults across the autism spectrum based on their experiences and qualifications.

ACA will arrange for monthly stipend which is $900 per month for the fellows, on-campus accommodation, health insurance and other support services. It’s the great opportunity for candidates to experience living and working in U.S.

If you have any interest please contact 

Saba Dini, International Recruiter Anderson Center forAutism
4885 Rt. 9, PO Box 367
Staatsburg, NY 12580


Designing an international master


Niels Peter Rygaard (Fairstart) has an interesting request about an international master:


Dear friends


We call for your ideas, reflections and suggestions in our design process:


We have started work to design an international master education based in Denmark – to support the rise of professional care systems around the globe, and to produce efficient agents of change and development in child care systems.


A number of EU and volunteer projects in multilingual online care education has led to the idea of designing an international master in a joint cooperation between child psychologist Niels Peter Rygaard, Denmark, the VIAUniversity Aarhus, Denmark, and one or more universities abroad.


The first sketch of ideas for the education, and questions for your comments can be found at  Facebook: , go to the comment “INTERNATIONAL MASTER” and click link to download file. We value your opinion much.


Best from external consultant Niels Peter Rygaard,



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




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

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