Newsletter june 2013

 

Dear all of you

 

After rainy days in Denmark the sun came, summer seems real and soon we’re setting in with vacations. Hopefully this newsletter reaches you before eventually holidays.

 

I want to write you a little about the recent work in AIEJI. Since the fantastic World Congress in Luxembourg in April we have moved on with new tasks to promote the international work in our field.

 

6th and 7th of June the AIEJI board met in Barcelona. Two main points were on the agenda: A new organizational structure to strengthen cooperation and ownership to international activities. And the start-up of a new project concerning refugee children or persons with mental illnesses – which are the two focus areas the board is going to work with in this congress period (2013-2017).

 

In Barcelona new ideas to strengthen the organization were suggested around a skeleton that I sat up: A smaller board, not more than one representation from each country, the entering of binding partnerships concerning the development of the region offices – to promote engagement and ownership.

 

A working group was consolidated: Thomas Volmer (Switzerland), Ney Moraes Filho (Brazil), Maria José Calderon (Spain) and me Benny Andersen (Denmark).

 

New by-laws are expected to be a reality in the summer of 2014. Before that the working group, in cooperation with the rest of the board, will prepare a suggestion and let it be heard by the members of AIEJI.

 

In Barcelona a majority of the board wanted to start-up the project concerning refugee children, and afterwards (early 2015) to start-up the project concerning persons with mental illnesses.

 

A structured brainstorm around refugee children exposed different challenges in different parts of the world and a project group representing diverse countries was consolidated: Elena Molteni (Italy), Claudio Desanti Sanchez (Uruguay), Ellen Galaasen (Norway) and Honoré Gregorius (Luxembourg). Emmanuel Grupper (Israel) joined the project group after the meeting. A project design is expected to be ready 24th and 25th November this year – the dates for the next board meeting.

 

As the last thing in this newsletter I want to inform you about the fact that AIEJI now is considered as a NGO by the Council of Europe. I expect this status to be an opportunity to network around issues of special interests, for instance refugee children, and that it’ll give us better opportunities in the field of fundraising. General Secretary Lars Steinov (Denmark) will later this month participate in a conference for NGOs – arranged by the Council of Europe. This will give us more knowledge about the possibilities in this field.

 

I wish you all a good summer or winter – depending on where you’re living. I’m looking forward to work with the new tasks in AIEJI. I find the challenges very interesting and I’m sure we’re going to take new and great steps to promote social education in our world.

 

 

Best wishes

 

Benny Andersen

(President of AIEJI)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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