Martin Webber’s aspirational vision for the aims of social work are founded from his years of leadership in helping to develop social work professional standards in mental health and practice based research, such as Connecting People Project to help guide recovery interventions. He nudges social workers to focus our aims beyond promising but ultimately more limited approaches such as organizational co-design or co-production to deeper societal interactions and dynamics.
Personally, I find the seeking of a deeper social focus that connect the individual to community make so much sense as a milestone to guide our efforts to: help, intervene, counsel, plan, heal. And as Webber say’s Look to Africa.
World Social Work Day provides an opportunity for us to explore how social work is practised and experienced around the world. This year, the theme ‘Ubuntu – I am because we are’ encourages us to look to Africa for inspiration.
Ubuntu philosophy derives from the indigenous black populations of Sub-Saharan Africa. It is commonly represented by communal ideals and relationality – people thrive through their relationships with others. It can be readily understood by the common maxims:
I am because we are
A person is a person through other persons
It takes a village to raise a child
See the article here: https://martinwebber.net/archives/2987
From INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS
IFSW AFRICA’S MESSAGE ON UBUNTU FOR WSWDInformation Type: NewsTopic: World Social Work Day
On behalf of the IFSW African Region, Noel Murdizo, the Regional President, and Joachim Mumba, the Regional Vice President, have released a video on this year’s global theme Ubuntu. The Global Agenda theme is being highlighted across the world, it resonates with social work values and has been used in Africa as a traditional philosophy to reinforce community wellbeing and development. The community strengthening approach of Ubuntu can be applied in all countries and communities.