Seminar 2016 Summary

The 10th FESET Seminar that was held last April 2016 in Strasbourg, has had a central theme the invisibility of persons, of social educators, of social education…

 

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10th FESET Seminar

A short summary of the Seminar and debate before conclusions
The 10th FESET Seminar that was held last April 2016 in Strasbourg, has had a central theme the invisibility of persons, of social educators, of social education…

Three Keynote speakers gave us an interesting perspective on the subject of (in)visibility.

Marcel Jaeger pointed out that we have a problem of visibility, of readability, of legitimacy and underlined a paradox: social educators are in the same time producers of invisibility and complaining about invisibility. He gave us 4 keys: (1) Promotion of the resources of the person; (2) Better consideration of the complexity of each person; (3)From “project pedagogy” to “life story pedagogy”, and (4) Sustainable, local and inclusive social development.

Jean-Pierre Tabin  highlighted the non-resort for social help that concerns about 50% of the people in need. This is huge!  He remembered us that “social state” is not only an instrument of social justice, it is also a state of exclusion.  The real role of the state seems that it is not a producer of solidarity but more a societal regulator. He gave us very concrete examples:

- Health policies are also consolidations of medical and pharmaceutical monopolies
- Childcare systems sustain “placement policies”
- Social educators have an idea of what is a” good family” that doesn’t help sometimes to work with what the families are really like. Let’s thus take seriously into consideration what this non-resort expresses. It is not only an expression of fragilities, it is a discourse on the state, a knowledge which expresses a refusal of being considered like “a different” or a marginalized person.

We then had an interesting discussion about: what are those people doing and how are they living?  And how can we take into consideration this underground reality of an invisible social life?

Valérie Wolff, starting with the history of emergency from the fifties until today told us that the present social emergency produced “too much” or “to less” visibility. This development conducted to an actual reign of emergency where those three dimensions: Associations –Political power- Medias are in the same productive logic corresponding to their interests. This emergency logic includes four basic principles. It is immediate, unconditional, continuously, with “right against”. In reality, they are not applied. Social educators are presented as the social hero’s, like firemen of the social.

As a key example Valérie Wolff presented the movement “Housing first” with important success in different countries and concluded in the form of an advocacy: “Let’s refuse the long term emergency”. Download the SUMMARY&DEBATE STRASBOURG _FESET _Seminar2016

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