XIX World Congress of Social Educators, Brazil 10th – 12th April 2017

sep 21 2016

The Sao Paulo State's Social Educators Association - AEESSP will organizate, at UNICAMP - Campinas' State University, in april 2017, from the 10th to the 12th, the AIEJI's XIX World Congress of Social Educators, following the historical series of International Association of Social Educators - AIEJI Congresses held by its associated members.

This will be a strategic moment to social educators from Brazil and Latin America to meet colleagues from other places in the world to debate the pathways of a profession and a research, educational and practical field, that aim to build a more fair, equal and just society. In a context where we worldwide are pushed to critically reflect aiming to deepen our ethical, theoretical and methodological background, to work on a practice that needs to redefine itself in function of the transitory moment that contemporary society crosses. This congress will be a special opportunity to join some of the most important thinkers on social education, popular education and non formal education and agents in daily processes of social transformation that by acting in the cracks of the system build surviving and resistance strategies for those people that are placed at the margin of our main economic system. And we must do it together.

Social educators are nowadays acting under a wide spectrum of areas, from art based education on social assistance workplaces and on cultural organizations, to direct actions on preventive healthcare such as community health agents and harm reduction agents, through young and adult literacy, by promoting leisure for children and elderly, by working in the field of mental health and by taking community action in traditional comunities - 'quilombos', 'ribeirinhos' and 'caiçaras' - in the rural settlements and in popular movements, among many others. There are several professional profiles or areas of action that receive different names such as 'monitores', care takers ('cuidadores'), art-educators, social agents on health, culture or education, comunity leaders and social movements militants. All of them have in common the work with community groups in which the current social relations demands an intervention striving for better quality of life.

These next years, around the 2017's Congress, Brazil - as many other countries in Latin America, Africa and Europe - will be involved with legal and organizational aspects of the structuration process of the Social Educator as a professional. Including formation, the process of schooling and the regulamentation of a profession. This will be an arena where conceptual disputes will mingle with job market and formation market issues with significant impacts in the structure of curricula and in the academic carreer, as well as in the design of social basic policies Social Educators work in.

It is in this context that the organization of the XIX World Congress of Social Educators will join 600 to 800 social educators from Brazil and several different countries in order to foster and produce debates that will certainly have an impact in the future of Social Educators in Brazil and in the world.

More information about the conference: http://xixcongresso.aeessp.org.br/