Tribute to the Late Mr S. R. Nathan, Former President of the Republic of Singapore
The late Mr. S.R.Natham was a social worker, not just of Singapore but also of the world. He dedicated his life for the concern of all humanity. Mr Nathan launched the Global Institute of Social Work in November 2013. He said, "More effective social workers are needed, especially in third world countries. Social workers can help make Singapore a better society. .... We can also share best practices with the world and we have much to learn from the best in the world. This kind of collaboration, envisaged by GISW,...can and will make the world a better place for everybody." He gave his blessings for GISW: "I wish the best support for the launch of the Global Institute of Social Work as a useful platform for professional social work development to serve all people regardless of their nationality,culture or social political situations."
The Changing World
The world is changing fast since the advent of modern social work. At GISW, our vision is to use technology to transform social work training that benefits people all over the world.You can play an active part in contributing to the development of global social work.
World Social Work Day was celebrated all over the globe on March 15, 2016. The WSWD2016 provided the "opportunity for the profession to express international solidarity and to bring common messages to governments,regional bodies and to our communities". The theme for this year is for Promoting the Dignity and Worth of Peoples as part of the Global Agenda for Action. GISW is committed to sharing best practices of social work with people all over the world in support the Global Agenda of Social Work.
In the fast changing world, the Global Institute of Social Work is also evolving. We will soon transit to a new LMS platform at gisw.teachable.com. In the past months we have, in collaboration with institutions in Russia, set up the International School of Social Work based in Ulyanoskv and other parts of Russia.This will serve as a regional center for social work training in Europe. We have also begun discussion with key consultants to commisison courses in Social Work to be launched in 2016.
At the launch of International School of Social Work in Russia.
Social work and social development are intertwined. The International Consortium for International Social Development's 19th International Symposium, met recently at SIM University,Singapore, The conference theme focused on Transforming Society and social change. Resources from the conference are available at the Training page of the GISW website. The conference in Singapore, the 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health was successfully held from 19-23 June 2016 in Singapore.
ICSD2015 Conference: Opening Plenary with Keynote Speaker Dr Noeleen Heyzer and Guest of Honour: DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Professor James Midgley(middle) at the University Poltechnica de Madrid
Professor James Midgley, Fellow of GISW, received the Honorary Doctorate conferred by the University Politechnica de Madrid in Spain. He has been working with colleagues on social development projects operating in the Latin American countries. His book on social development has been translated into Spanish and adopted in Latin America. Do check out the interview with James Midgley on International Social Development at the GISW Training Portal.
We preaently live in a globalised world and must ride on new technology and change the mode of delivery of social work training. The process of continuing education and development must ensure the delivery of timely and useful knowledge, active engagement in application of ideas, effective strategies and skills in improving human conditions shaping a more fair and just world.
The Global Institute of Social Work seeks to provide free access to social work knowledge and training for practitioners from all over the world. Knowledge and competency development is a universal right!
A new training portal has been established with Teachable ( gisw.teachable.com ). While it is being set up you may try signing up for the interesting courses!
Professor TAN Ngoh Tiong
Launch of GISW