Newsletter Summer 2015

Dear all


Right now I’m in Brazil participating in a very interesting Latino American meeting in Campina (25th – 27th), and the host of the meeting is, among other organizations, aeessp – our Brazilian AIEJI member organization. The title of the assembly is Social Education: Perspectives and challenges. There are presentations in plenum and discussions in thematic groups. For instance our AIEJI board member from aeessp, Ney Moraes, has talked about the work of the Latin American AIEJI Office. And our member from Uruguay, Claudio Desanti, has talked about “social educator as worker and/or activist in citizenship construction”. In the thematic groups different issues have been touched, for instance “traditional communities”, “Handcrafts and arts” and “social movements”.


I participate in the meeting in my capacity of being president of AIEJI and in my speech and my presentation I focused on the core of social educational work, the professional competences this calls for and the basic values and messages that in my eyes are drifting this work. Saturday we will finish the meeting with field visits arranged by our fantastic hosts – and I’ll go back to Denmark soon after.


In my part of the world summer holiday is around the corner, and a special occasion I can look back at, since last Newsletter, is our AIEJI board meeting May 9th 10th in Lisboa. Here our Portuguese member organization, aptses, did a great job to facilitate the arrangements for the meeting. I want to say thank you for that, again!


At the meeting we said goodbye to Ellen Galaasen, the now former General Secretary of AIEJI. I write “former” because Ellen was not reelected at the National Congress in March in the AIEJI member organization FO in Norway. Luckily she is still in AIEJI now as an individual member. And luckily a new member from FO has entered the board. Her name is Marianne Solberg Johnsen. Until a new General Secretary is brought in to action I’ll do the work together with Bodil Damsgaard who in general supports the work of AIEJI due to her work with international relations in my organization in Denmark.


In Lisboa the final edition of the refugee minor project was decided. And as you can read at the AIEJI website (the latest publication at the site) the report is now a reality. I very much hope you will do an effort to spread out knowledge about the report at all levels – and if you work with this very disposed group of children and youths I hope that the material can support you in your job.


The new AIEJI project is about social educational work with mental health. A questionnaire is under preparation and early autumn the AIEJI board members will interview social educators in the field in their country – and the empirical studies will be discussed and processed at the next board meeting in Spain November 21st and 22nd


The second October we celebrate Social educators’ international day for the seventh time! The day was set up at the AIEJI world congress in 2009 in Denmark. The day is for celebrating our profession, and social educational organizations mark the day in different ways. This year AIEJI plans a worldwide celebrating by using the hashtag #thefinestjobintheworld, where we call on all you social educators to join, and to post photos of social educators – because indeed we do have the finest job in the world. More information about the happening will follow on the AIEJI website.


I wish you all a nice summer or winter – depending on your position on earth.

All the best,

Benny Andersen  (President of AIEJI)

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