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IASSW President

Prof. Annamaria Campanini
President, International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)

President's report

Dear Friends, I would like to update you all on the various crucial activities and development of International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) in the last few months.

IASSW General Assembly

IASSW is looking forward to the 2022 General Meeting which will be held via an online platform on the Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 12:00pm Wed, Jul 13 2022 (CEST). Results of IASSW election 2022 for the positions- Treasurer and Member at large will be announced in this general assembly.

IASSW Board of Directors look forward to your active participation in the activities of our association. For more details, visit https://www.iassw-aiets.org/news/9911-iassw-general-assembly/

The People's Global Summit: Co-building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind, which will be held during 29th June to 2nd July 2022 – Online. International Association of Schools of Social Work(IASSW) is one of the active partners of this summit. IASSW Board Member and interim president of the Association of Caribbean Social Work Educators (ACSWE). Dr. Karene-Anne Nathaniel will be a Key Note Speaker at the People’s Global Summit on 30th June, 12:00hrs UTC. She will speak on the topic - “Leave no one Behind – Confronting Caribbean Realities”. This keynote will highlight the realities for the small island developing states of the Eastern Caribbean, on the premise that, in order to meaningfully strategies for ‘leaving no one behind, the global social work community has to recognize and acknowledge who has been severely impacted, how they have been affected, and who is highest at risk of being forgotten, therefore ‘left behind’.

Joint World Conference SWESD 2022 “Redefining social policy and social work practice in a post-pandemic society: Social welfare programs and social work education at a crossroads.”

IASSW and IACSW along with other partners will be organizing this world Conference. Both International Association of Schools of Social Work(IASSW) and International Council on Social Welfare(ICSW), have played a vital role in promoting social welfare over the past 93 years as international organization in the field of social welfare and social work. The priority areas of IASSW are social work education, research and scholarship, and various activities have been carried out at the regional, national and international levels to strengthen social work education, promote skills and strategies, strengthen exchanges and cooperation among social work educators, as well as to create a just society. ICSW mainly focuses on social development, social welfare and social justice advocacy, knowledge-building and empowerment to help vulnerable groups cope with risks and challenges, and to advocate for policies and programs to balance social and economic goals. Current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic leaves us the responsibility as international organizations to address and advocate emerging social problems.

The conference will be held in Seoul, South Korea during October 26 to 28, 2022. It will be a hybrid conference. The call for abstracts is open. More details are available at : http://www.swesd2022.com/ You can visit website and send your abstracts.

IASSW webinar series

IASSW have started to organize webinar on specific topics linked to the UN days. These webinar have been organized in each month or alternate month as per availability of resource person. IASSW is thankful to all resource person who have contributed in the past and it will be continue in the future as well. You can have a look of all webinar on IASSW Facebook pages: http://www.facebook.com/IASSW.AIETS

The updated Global Standards for Social Work Education and Training was adopted by IASSW and IFSW General Assembly in 2020 and after that several workshop, seminar, conference was held to make it available for social workers across the world. Now, it is almost two years and we would like to do assessment whether it has been implemented or in use? Keeping this in view IASSW Board of directors would like to propose to create a task force with representatives of all the regions that will develop a strategic plan to implement Global standards for education and training in different part of the world. The task force will be formed during next board meeting which going to be in “Hybrid” mode. As soon as task force has been formed it will be informed to IASSW members and posted on IASSW website, so that anyone interested can join and support it.

Annamaria Campanini