Extra Ordinary General Assembly

Last weekend the AIEJI  General Assembly was held in Portugal. We are happy to inform you  that Jogvan Philbrow from The Faero Islands was elected to the position as General Secretary, and Guillaume Favre from Switzerland was elected to the position as Treasurer. A warm welcome to the two new members of the AIEJI board.

SUNY New Paltz Vacancy – External Posting (Faculty)

Applications are invited for consideration for appointment to the following position:

Department: Sociology

Budget Title: Instructor

Local Title: Instructor of Sociology/Concentration in Human Services

Posting Date: November 8, 2017

Classification: n/a

Duties: The Sociology Department of SUNY New Paltz invites applications for a tenure track Instructor of Sociology and Concentration in Human Services (CHS). The CHS was initiated by local human services professionals in 1992 to professionalize the field of human service. The CHS prepares students to work directly with service recipients using a variety of modalities. Inspired by European social pedagogy, the CHS has a distinct focus on human rights and international social welfare. For more information on the CHS, refer to http://www.newpaltz.edu/sociology/humanservices.html


The primary responsibilities will be to teach the following core courses in the CHS: Introduction to Human Services, a survey course, which requires a broad knowledge of the vast variety of human services populations and programs as well as social welfare policies; Human Services Theory and Practice I with a focus on families and child welfare; the senior year Field Education Internship courses, which include teaching the field education courses, individual and group supervision, and site visits to internship placements; and other courses as needed.

Participation in departmental and university service is expected, as is engagement in ongoing professional development activities.



  • Terminal degree, preferably an M.S.W., D.S.W, or a Ph.D. in Social Welfare.
  • Background in both theoretical expertise and clinical and hands-on practice experience in the field of human services.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the lived experiences of direct support practitioners in residential settings
  • Commitment to the professionalization of the human services workforce


  • Experience teaching at the university level with evidence of teaching excellence

Contact Information: Electronic submissions required. Applicants will be required to submit a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; sample syllabi; a summary of student evaluations or other evidence of excellence in teaching; a statement of teaching philosophy and a writing sample (URL accepted). The three professional references provided by applicant will receive an email with a link to upload reference letters. To apply, please visit https://jobs.newpaltz.edu Individuals with disabilities who need assistance with the application process should call (845) 257-3675.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on 12/5/17 and continue until the position is filled.

Other important information about this vacancy: This position offers full NYS benefits, which are among the most comprehensive in the nation. The State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective, public college that is recognized regionally for the strength of its academic programs. It is located in the beautiful Hudson River Valley with easy access to New York City and other nearby recreational and cultural amenities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Candidates who bring diverse cultural experience and who are especially qualified to mentor and advise all members of our diverse student population are especially encouraged to apply. The State University of New York at New Paltz is an AA/EOE/ADA employer.

Federal law and regulations require notice to all prospective employees regarding crimes that have occurred on campus in the current three year period. Please refer to the University Police Web site for the complete Annual Security Report (“Clery Report”) at www.newpaltz.edu/police/securityact.html.


Claude Pahud Honory President of AIEJI


This week Honory President of Aieji Claude Pahud past away.  Claude was one of social Educations pioneers. In his long life he has been very active in the field of social Education, figthing, even in a recent past for generous and modern ideas regarding the difficult kids and youngsters. A strong involvement, an example for us all.

This spring I had the great pleasure to meet Claude in his appartment in Lausanne. And I will never forget his inspiring words, his attitude and his entusiasme. As he told me just before I should go – “always remember – we are social educators not social workes -we have our own profession.

Today I’am very greatfull that I had the opportunity to meet Claude.

Honored be his memory.

Benny Andersen



Train large numbers of foster families in high quality childcare

Due to the UN decision to de-institutionalize childcare systems there is a growing need in the foster care systems for a high-quality and low-cost education to improve the life conditions of placed children. To meet this global challenge, Fairstart Foundation will launch a new international online foster care instructor education in January 2018.

The instructor education is tailored especially to governments and NGOs who are in need of an inexpensive solution that generates positive results both short-term and long-term. The education is low-cost, user-friendly and practice-oriented. Most importantly, all participants are encouraged to be co-designers and we aim to adapt the teaching material to local cultures and circumstances.

Based on the same training design, our group care educations have resulted in a remarkable progress in the children’s social behavior and trust in their caregivers. We welcome all countries and organisations into the project when we launch the first foster care instructor course in January 2018. Let’s give children a fair start.

Read the full article at: http://fairstartfoundation.com/training-large-numbers-of-foster-families-in-high-quality-childcare/



Online Child Care Journal

We had an e-mail from a UK contact – about The International Centre for Therapeutic Child Care (promoting Child Care, Social Pedagogy and Trauma Informed Practice) – they inform about their work and the possibility to subscribe to an online Child  Care Journal. Please see below:


Happy Socialeducators’ Day

Please watch this little speech by Benny Andersen, President of AIEJI.

President Benny Andersen speech


AIEJI members have contributed to the video below that celebrates our special day. Enjoy and thank you very much for the contributions.


Our international day is close…


The second of October we’ll celebrate a very special day: The international day of social educators. This is the day we celebrate our profession – that we have the competences to support humans in need, that we know what this support means for humans and society and that we’re proud of what we’re doing and what we can achieve!

We very much hope that you want to contribute to this celebration by taking photos and share them at #thefinestjobintheworld to create a worldwide cavalcade of photos. Please print the sign below (“thefinestjob”) and let it be visible when taking photos with this being the connecting link between all the photos.

At the moment we’re producing a little video to celebrate the day. Thank you so much to AIEJI members who contributed to this video. We’re looking very much forward to showing it on the 2nd of October.


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Social Pedagogy and Social Education – Bridging Traditions and Innovations


February 22-24, 2018 an international conference brings together practitioners, academics and students who are occupied with social pedagogy and social education. This very interesting conference will take place in Puebla in Mexico. Registration is possible from September 2017. Please have a look at https://www.socialpedagogy.org/


About learning disabilities


Kathleen Carter sent useful information/links concerning children and young people with learning disabilities. Please see below:


Understanding Dyslexia and How to Help Children Who Have It

The Importance of Self-Esteem for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

Parenting Tips for ADHD: Do’s and Don’ts

How to Create an Autism-Friendly Environment for Kids

How to Discuss Puberty with Your Child Who Has Special Needs

Creating the Optimal Environment for a Kid with ADHD

Teens with ADHD: Recognizing Signs of Depression

ADHD and Addiction – What is the Risk?

Teaching the Person with Autism How to Drive



AIEJI article in Revista de Educaion Social


As the president of AIEJI Benny Andersen wrote an article about social education and globalization from an AIEJI perspective – in the CGCEES magasin “Revista de Educaion Social”:


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.