Some of these are bilateral. One FICE National Member may act as host to a party of people who work with children from another country to visit children's services, for example, or they may provide a holiday scheme for children from another country. These activities are arranged through networking at FICE events, and are based upon the friendships and working relationships built up through contacts.
Some of FICE's projects involve members from several countries or require the approval of the Federal Council because they are innovative and are carried out in the name of FICE.
Professional Experience Programme (PEP)
This programme has been devised to enable experienced workers to obtain placements in children's services for a few months in order to learn about the other country. The programme is currently administered by FICE-Europe (http://www.fice-europe.org), and their website should be consulted for details
To date, the number of people who have
undertaken placements is not large, but they have found the experience
very rewarding. To obtain an idea of the experiences of people who have
been on placements, read the articles they have written.
The Project Manager is Sari Laaksonen.
The first of these Camps was called a Peace Camp, because it was established to rebuild links between young people and those working with them after the Balkan wars. The experience of the first one, held in 2000 by Lake Balaton in Hungary, was such that those involved demanded that they should be called Friendship Camps. It was really successful, both for the young people and for the workers, who had a parallel conference.
Another was held in 2001, and the third
in August 2002. They are funded largely through FICE-Switzerland, but
FICE members from several countries have been involved. For an account
of the first event, read a report of the event.
Seminars have been held in Luxembourg to consider how children's rights are best maintained in extrafamilial care and in schools.
The Project Manager is Robert Soisson.
The State of Business in South Eastern Europe, 4th quarter, 2002
A Progress Report by Anton Tobé,
Anton Tobe, Vice-President, FICE-International, writes :