2015 International School Social Work Report
June 10-12, 2015
The 6th International School Social Work Conference was held at the Children’s Palace in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from Wednesday through Friday, June 10-12, 2015. The conference theme was “Child Friendly School” and 350 school social workers from around the world attended. About 60 participants were from 14 countries outside of the host country.
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There were four sub themes that took place through the conference and these included:
- Creating Positive Relationships
- Child Protection
- Child Participation
Mongolian government officials who addressed the conferences included the Minister of Education, Culture and Science and other ministry officials, along with the Director of the Mongolia Peace Corps, Youth Development Project. Keynote presentations and workshop presentations were made by participants from the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Nigeria, Singapore, Sweden, Tajikistan, Taiwan and the United States
In addition to the conversations during tea breaks, there were interesting and educational visits to schools in the city including a visit to a school located in a Gyr (Yurt) neighborhood on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar.
During a business meeting at the conference chaired by Frederick Streeck, the international representatives listened to a presentation from the Chinese delegation and following an extensive discussion, Beijing, China was selected for the next international School Social Work Conference which will take place either in 2017 or 2018. Please keep checking back with the International Network for School Social Work to gather additional details
The international School Social Work Conference is an exciting and eclectic gathering of school social workers who have different practice methods, working conditions and roles. The common bond which was expressed very clearly once again at this 6th International School Social Work Conference is that helping students to be successful in school by working with and removing barriers to an education remains a constant.
Report provided by Frederick Streeck
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