Féderation internationale des Communautés Educatives
F I C E Internationale Gesellschaft für erzieherische Hilfen
International Federation of Educative Communities
Address: Francis Tombs Assembly
Assembly commences at 10.00
3. Minutes of the General Assembly in
4. Election of President
5. Acceptance and exclusions of Full Members
6. Report of the President
7. Report of the Treasurer
8. Financial plan of FICE
9. Budget and membership fees
10. Audit report as proposed by the Audit
11. Other business
(The agenda is according article 5.2 of the statutes)
No 7 to the General Assembly
of Vice President
Vice President’s Report
Since the last Federal Council meeting I have been involved in very few FICE International activities because of other priorities.
No further action.
The archives relating to the period up to the mid-1980s have now been traced with the help of Professor Heinrich Tuggener and Dr Nufer. They are at Trogen and a member of staff has been given the task of going through them and putting them in order.
The later archives are in Amsterdam at the President’s office. In due course the archives should be brought together. I also propose to select significant documents for scanning and putting on the FICE-Inter website.
3 Congress 2004
I attended some of the meetings of the Steering Group for the Glasgow Congress.
4 FICE-Inter Website
Together with Bill Stevenson, I have kept the website up to date. As noted above, I hope that some items from the archives can be scanned and put on the website.
It seems likely that FICE-England & Wales will be wound up in the near future. If so, another National Section or the President’s office will need to take over the management of the site.
5 Sixtieth Anniversary Publication
I have discussed with Martti Kemppainen his proposal for a publication to celebrate FICE’s sixtieth anniversary. I will be prepared to participate in this piece of work, for example in editing drafts, but I do not wish to act as the Project Manager.
6 Caring for Children / FICE England and Wales
A decision was taken at the last Board meeting that CfC should be wound up. A final meeting is due to take place during the Congress, and unless other members come forward to act as office-holders, the Association will be terminated. Thereafter, it is possible that other people with an interest in FICE will come together and set up an alternative organisation, but I have heard no indication that this will be the case, and any Federal Council members with contacts in England or Wales will be welcome to encourage them to do so. FICE-Scotland may be able to holding a watching brief for the United Kingdom as a whole, but it is doubtful whether this could be a permanent solution, as it would be contrary to the strong arguments put forward when FICE-Scotland was created.
CfC has never been a large organisation, but it has maintained links between FICE and the United Kingdom since the Social Care Association withdrew from membership about fifteen years ago. The CfC has now simply run out of steam, and the decision is sad but realistic.
7 Children Webmag
I have continued to edit the Webmag on www.childrenwebmag.com , which has now had about 6 million hits since it started. A recent addition to the site is a forum for discussion about the introduction of social education / paedagogy to the United Kingdom.
A Consortium is now under way to manage the Webmag, involving University College Northampton, Barnardo’s and the National Council for Voluntary Child Care Organisations, an influential national co-ordinatory body for the voluntary sector. A paid Editor has been appointed, but I hope to remain fully involved on a consultative basis.
The Webmag is still available as a mouthpiece for FICE. Although I have not taken action since the last meeting, I hope to have time soon to work on the co-ordination of an electronic version of journals prepared by FICE National Sections linked with the FICE-Inter website and the Webmag.
8 Meeting of International Childcare Organisations
I have been involved in the arrangement of a meeting of representatives of international childcare organisations during the Congress. It is hoped that it will be attended by representatives of AIEJI, IDFCO, Eurochild and possibly OMEP, as well as FICE. Representatives of IFSW and IFCO have shown interest but have had to tender apologies.
Status with ECOSOC
It would be useful in this connection, if FICE had any “PR-material”, in addition to the information brochure, to present its work.
International des Communautes Educatives
1 It has been agreed by the Executive Committee that consideration should be given to the publication of a book to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the foundation of FICE. This will coincide with the Congress in 2008. This may seem a long way off, but the preparation of a publication takes time, and it is proposed that, if the Federal Council approves the proposal, work commences straightaway.
2 In part, the book will need to look back and give recognition to FICE’s achievements, but it is suggested that the book needs to be more than a history of FICE. The draft outline below puts FICE in the context of developments in services for children and young people, and, as well as analysing the past, it looks ahead to the future. The book could therefore be of interest to a wider readership. The link should both help to illuminate the work of FICE and identify the influence of National FICE Sections on the services provided for children and young people. A working title Sixty Years and More is suggested.
3 The proposed contents are as follows :
(a) An introductory chapter giving an overview of the book.
(b) The impact of external factors on children, their education and upbringing, including economics, culture, politics and war.
(c) The changing needs of children over the last sixty years, including changes in family patterns, refugees, improving health, changes in education, drugs, rights, child prostitution, sexual abuse, IT and the internationalisation of problems.
(d) The development of national legislation since World War II, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
(e) Developments in services, responding to changing needs, such as the swing away from residential care.
(f) The impact of outstanding leaders in the childcare field in each country, and within FICE (e.g. Louis Francois, Elizabeth Rotten and Meir Gottesmann).
(g) The role played by organisations in each country, including statutory bodies, NGOs and National Sections of FICE.
(h) The roles played by international organisations concerned with children’s issues, including FICE-International.
(i) Looking to the future, identifying trends and likely problems and opportunities, such as the increasing involvement of children in matters affecting them.
4 In order to prepare this book, it is proposed that each National Section should identify an author who could write authoritatively about these subjects - (b) to (g) in particular - in relation to their own country, in the language of their country. The remit for these authors could be spelt out more fully, in order to achieve some standardisation of the material. For example, while the last sixty years would be the primary focus, there might be reasons for references to earlier historical developments as well. A number of National Sections have extensive archives which could provide useful material, and wherever possible, FICE’s role should be used to exemplify national developments (for example in the themes of seminars and conferences), though it is appreciated that in some countries this will not be possible. Authors could also be approached to write about countries without FICE National Sections, so that a world-wide picture could be obtained. Each contribution should be properly researched, and could be published separately and put on the FICE-Inter website. It is proposed that this work is undertaken by the time of the Sarajevo Congress.
5 Where necessary, the national contributions would then be translated, and the FICE-Inter publication would be based on a selective combination and interpretation of the National Sections’ publications, with an additional international dimension. This work would then be undertaken in the period between the Sarajevo Congress and the 2008 Congress, where the book would be launched and put on sale. The full supporting material would remain on the website.
6 The book could be translated into the three FICE languages if necessary, but it is recommended that English is used as the working language in the drafting stages. If the Federal Council approves the proposal, it will be necessary to appoint an Editor, with a small international support group, and link people would need to be identified in each National Section to prepare each of the national booklets.
31st January 2004