Date: 14-04-2015

Another 3 new members for our ever-expanding network

Spring has arrived and brings 3 new members for our network. Our newest full member is Learning for Well-being Foundation from Amsterdam. UEF is at the origin of Learning for Well-Being approach that describes the journey of learning to realize our unique potential through physical, emotional, mental and spiritual development in relation to self, others and the environment. UEF is the convener of the L4WB™ community which brings together stakeholders from different sectors and disciplines towards the vision of inclusive and supportive societies where children, young people and adults respect each other as competent partners and learn how to realize their unique potential throughout their lives. Artevelde University College (AUC), in Gent have just joined ISSA as an Affiliate Member. A knowledge center for education, research and services, where students and professionals cooperate and develop their talents in a stimulating and internationally oriented environment, AUC is one of Flanders' largest university colleges for professional education. The 1,200 members of staff sustain 21 degree programs offered to 13,000 students which include Bachelors’ degrees in Pre-school and in Early Childhood Education. ISSA, Artevelde University College and VBJK have recently cooperated in a project called when “Wanda meets ISSA” : An ESF project to develop a reflective tool for coordinators and trainers in Early Education and Childcare in Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Czech Republic. Our second new Affiliate Member is United Aid for Azerbaijan (UAFA) based in Baku. Their mission is to aid the long-term development of life in Azerbaijan, with particular focus on children´s health and education. They also focus on service provision in health, education and the social protection sectors for underprivileged children and their families. Over the last 3 years they have worked on community-based rehabilitation services for children with disabilities in 6 regions, piloting a pre-school inclusive model of education for children excluded by poverty, disability and location, in 17 villages. They support the development of social work mechanisms to prevent the abandonment, neglect or abuse of disabled and underprivileged children.