Newsletter summer 2016

Dear all of you

It is time for a status on the AIEJI activities. Quite a lot has happened since last Newsletter. You can get an impression of that by reading this:

The AIEJI world congress in Brazil

Our world congress will be at the university in Campinas (close to Sao Paulo) from the 10th to the 12th of April 2017. We are looking very much forward to this big happening and our Brazilian member organization AEESSP, who will host the congress, works at high pressure to organize the event. Very soon the website will be announced for detailed information about the world congress.

AIEJI board meeting in Seville in connection to the CGCEES national congress, April 2016

The board meeting was held in Seville in April when and where the Spanish organization for social educators CGCEES had their national congress. This gave us the possibility to join parts of a very interesting congress with a focus on “social education and citizenship”. AIEJI contributed with a workshop discussing possibilities and challenges in the work with AIEJI activities. I gave the speech that closed congress. The farewell greeting was, not surprisingly, to give an ovation to THE FINEST JOB IN THE WORLD!

New General Secretary in AIEJI

At the AIEJI board meeting a new general secretary for AIEJI was appointed. I’m very glad to announce that Irmelin Sangolt Tjelflaat from our Norwegian member organization FO now is the General Secretary in AIEJI. I appreciate this indeed and I’m looking forward to a co-operation that has started on very well.

The refugee minor project

In January the AIEJI project was presented as an intervention in The European INGO session in the European Council. The social educational work with the unaccompanied minors was highlighted and there was a great interest in the project. After the presentation the report was given to the European Council who contacted AIEJI to ask for participation in the program “Migrants asylum seekers and refugees – in the context of major risks prevention and management”. A book on this issue is about to published and AIEJI will contribute with an article about our report. The book will be represented at a conference in Lisboa October 2016.

The mental health project

A draft version of the report is now a reality. This will in its final version include results from a mental health seminar in Brazil November 2016 and maybe also a seminar in Italy spring 2017. The seminar in Brazil will be in days connected to the next board AIEJI board meeting where preparation of the world Congress will be the main issue on the agenda. The final publication will be represented at the World Congress in Brazil April 2017.

 

Celebration of our international day the second of October

Yesterday we sent out a letter to AIEJI members about the upcoming celebration day – as an “early warning” of what is going to happen. Last year we celebrated the FINEST JOB IN THE WORLD by producing and spreading a very nice short film with contributions from AIEJI members around the world. I reckon that this really was a success and we would like to continue in the same track in 2016 – which means celebrating THE FINEST JOB IN THE WORLD by a short film again and with contributions from you.

This time the headline will still be THE FINEST JOB IN THE WORLD and by emphasizing that we work as agents for welfare for many target groups – and this years’ celebration will especially point out the social educational work with refugee minor asylum seekers which is in focus this congress period of AIEJI and has been the subject for an AIEJI publication.

As written in the letter more information/instructions will follow in August.

In this part of the world the summer has arrived and soon the holiday sets in. I’m looking forward to autumn 2016 with AIEJI: The seminar about social educational work within Mental Health in Brazil, our board meeting in Sao Paulo and of course the preparation concerning the AIEJI world congress in Campinas (Brazil) 10th – 12th April 2017 – where I hope to meet as many of you as possible!

All the best,

Benny Andersen (President of AIEJI).

 

 

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