FICE-USA

Questions and Answers

What do the initials FICE stand for?
FICE which is usually pronounced fee-say, stands for the Fédération Internationale des Communautés Educatives. The English translation isThe International Federation of Educative Communities.
What does FICE do?
FICE is an international federation concerned about the welfare and rights of children and young people and advocates for high standards of services for children and young people world wide.
FICE hosts conferences, produces publications, runs the Professional Experience Program and many other projects. In general, FICE-International offers its members the chance to network, share knowledge, to learn about new ideas and to make friends in other countries who who share a common vision and commitment about the future for children and young people.
Is FICE only concerned about children and young people?
The lives and future of Children and young people are FICE's main concern. However, many National Members of FICE have members who work with other groups. Many issues important to children are also of concern for other groups. However, FICE remains focused on children and young people.
What Language does FICE conduct its work in?
FICE International works in three languages during its international events - English, French and German. There are interpreters who are fluent in these three languages. Many FICE members speak more than one language, and there is usually no difficulty in communicating across several languages.
If someone cannot speak any of the three official languages, they will get help from someone who can speak their own language and a FICE language, to interpret for them.
Events run by the National Members of FICE may be in the language of the home country, or sometimes in more than one language, if different countries or cultures are involved.
Who are the members of FICE- International?
FICE-International is made up of National Members, which are organisations which represent their countries. They must have open membership so that individuals and agencies can join them and be represented by them on the Federal Council. Because things are organised differently in each country, the organisations on FICE's Federal Council are of many different sorts, and in a few cases, two organisations share the representation of their country.
What is the Federal Council?
The Federal Council is the main body which manages FICE's business. It meets twice a year in different countries.
How many members does FICE have?
There are over thirty countries in membership at present, mainly from Europe, North America, Eastern Europe and Africa but FICE is keen to involve members from all continents, and there are Corresponding Members in many countries. Some of the National Members are very large organisations and some are small. We do not know the exact individual membership of FICE-International, as the National Members count their members in different ways, but there must be over 100,000 individuals who are connected to FICE worldwide.
Where is FICE's office?
The Secretariat of FICE-International is provided at present by the office of the President, Monika Niederle, in Austria. Many of the National Members also have their own offices.
Does FICE work with other organisations?
Yes. It is FICE's policy to work in partnership with other international organisations which have similar aims and whose values are consistent with those of FICE. They include associations such as the International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO) and the International Association of Social Educators (AIEJI).
FICE-International also has consultative status with UNESCO, the European Union and ECOSOC. This means that it sends delegates to meetings of relevant committees and is involved in discussions about draft policies and developments.
How is FICE financed?
When FICE was set up by UNESCO, it was given a grant to provide core funding. Since changes in UNESCO policy, FICE-International's budget has been made up mainly of fees paid by Full Members. Since these organisations also have to run their own national programmes, the level of fees is kept to a minimum, but maintaining international links is not cheap.
Does FICE give grants?
As a general rule, the answer is No. FICE-International does not have the resources to give grants. However, there are times when support may be given to help individuals from countries with weak economies, to attend Congresses for example, and National Members at times work on joint projects with colleagues in less developed countries who are needing support in their work.
Can I join FICE-USA?
Certainly. The next section of the website tells you how (How to Join FICE-USA).