Posts Tagged ‘Children’

Outdoor education for bereaved children

In the process of overcoming grief, outdoor activities can provide children and young people with a way to regain self-confidence and come to terms with their situation. In this article, Hans-Georg Renner describes methods of using and planning outdoor activities for bereaved children.

Read the whole article here.

Why international cooperation is so important

Dear friends and colleagues,

Earlier this year I was honoured to have an article published in “Child & Youth Services”, an international magazine on child and youth care.

The article is an argument for why it is so important that we – social educators and social pedagogues, care and support workers – continue to develop and strengthen our profession on an international level. We must continue to fight for the recognition of our work and only through joint forces will we be able to succeed.

Please read the article here.

Yours sincerely,

Benny Andersen

Workshop on Child Rights Education

Dear friends,

On 29th of March 2011, Ms. Namita Lamsal, coordinator of AIEJI’s South-East Asian network took part in a workshop on “Child Rights Education”, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The workshop was coordinated by Creating Possbilities, of which Ms. Namita Lamsal is a key member.

The main goal of the workshop was to create a knowledge base in order to initiate academic education courses on children’s right on both national and regional level in Nepal.

Among key stakeholders at the workshop were UNICEF Nepal, Save the Children International, Supreme Court of Nepal, International Institute for the Rights of the Child and Institute Universitaire Kurt Bösch.

The workshop included a presentation and discussion session about the need for education on children’s rights in Nepal, the activities conducted so far and a proposal of content for an educational programme. This was followed by group work where each group discussed a given topic: Needs and activities in order to realize the education; stakeholders and their roles and responsibilities in realizing the education; educational programmes: training, bachelor/master, post graduate.

The workshop concluded that there is a need for education on children’s rights and mandated Creating Possibilities to proceed with the efforts to realize it. The main aim is to develop trainers who can go to remote areas of Nepal while also building partnerships with government, universities and academic people to formulate a child rights policy.

See pictures and read the report  here.

Fair Start recommendations

Dear friends,

Here is another report which can be interesting, sent to me by Niels Peter Rygaard from the Fair Start project.

Based on the EU Leonardo Division Fair Start education project, recommendations for educational standards for working with placed children were given to the commission in this report by N.P.Rygaard, Fair Start content expert.

The recommendations were made by the social educators and leaders from 5 countries and are formed on the basis of their daily work and the common problems that professionals must have the competences to resolve.

Read the Fair Start recommendations here. 


Brave Bart

How a story about a young kitten helps children in Japan overcome the traumatizing experience of the recent earthquake.


The book about Brave Bart is a story about how a young kitten overcomes a sad and scary event with the help of a helpful neighbourhood cat. The book is specially designed to help children cope with trauma and its connected grief reactions and can provide an opportunity for the children to connect with a very non-threatening character.

The book is published by the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC), a programme in Starr Institute for Training, and is one of TLC’s many resources and tools for working with traumatized children. The best-selling book is now being translated to Japanese.

Read more about Brave Bart.

International Seminar on the History of Child Care

The Child Care History Network and the Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care are jointly arranging an international seminar on the history of child care which, to their knowledge, will be the first of its kind.

The subject of the seminar is: Child Care – learning from history.

They are looking for international speakers to talk about the development in child care from a historic point of view. So if you have specific knowledge in this field, also on a national level, they are interested in hearing from you. Or pass the information on to a relevant colleague.

See the call for papers and read more about the seminar:
International Seminar on the History of Child Care

The seminar will be held in Glasgow on November 7th 2011.

Free online education for professionals in children’s homes and foster families

A free online education for professionals working in children’s homes is now available. It is aimed at people working with children of age 0-3 years old and was established in realisation that in many children’s homes the living conditions for the children are still very institutionalized and the work is organized more like in a hospital than in a home for children. Among other things, the education helps create stronger and more trustful relations between co-workers and staff and management.

See the education here:

Although the main focus has been professionals in children’s homes, the education is also used by foster families and a special version for foster families is on its way.

The education is a joint project between Romania, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Greece, Switzerland and Austria and is available in English, German, Spanish, Catalonian, Italian, Romanian, Greek and Turkish.

The next step will be to develop language versions for developing countries.

For any questions regarding the education, please contact Niels Peter Rygaard:

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.