International Falcon Movement – Socialist Educational International

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International Falcon Movement - Socialist Educational International
IFM - SEI.svg
Founded 1922; 95 years ago (1922)
Founder Kurt Löwenstein
Type International Umbrella Educational Organisation
Focus Socialism, internationalism, children's rights, democracy
Origins European Socialist Education Movements
Area served
Method Popular education
Key people
Carly Dawson-Walker (Secretary General)
Sylvia Siqueira Campos (President)
Slogan Span the world with friendship, Education for Social(ist) Change
A fraternal member of Socialist International

The International Falcon Movement – Socialist Educational International (IFM-SEI) is an international non-profit organisation based in Belgium that campaigns for children's rights.[1] It is a fraternal organisation of Socialist International[2] and works closely with International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) and ECOSY - Young European Socialists. IFM - SEI is a full member of the European Youth Forum (YFJ) which operates within the Council of Europe and European Union area and works closely with both these bodies.[3] In Latin-America it is a full member of the Foro Latin-America de Juventud (FLAJ). And it is part of the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organisations[4] (ICMYO) which consists of worldwide active youth organisations and regional youth platforms coordinating their activities towards the UN and its agencies.

It has member organisations all over the world and is strongest in Europe and South America. Many of its member organisations work with children and young people of all ages through activities, groups and camping.

IFM - SEI members are children and youth self-organizations, family organisations and other organisations who are working for the benefit of children and young peoples.[5] IFM - SEI organise campaigns, for example against child labour or child pornography, seminars, trainings, camps and other educational activities. Their activities are carried out by member organisation, and international seminars are held regularly in cooperation with the other fraternal organization. A recent activity was the Peace Camp with Israelis and Palestinians.[6] The LGBT event of IFM is called Queer Easter.[7]


Secretaries General[edit]

Current Presidium[edit]

The Presidium is made up of the Secretary-General, President and two Presidium members from each region (Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe and Asia) to make a total of 12 members. Regional Representatives have one seat reserved for a women and one seat reserved for an under 30 year old. The last election were held in 2016.[8]

Republics and Camps of the IFM-SEI[edit]

There were four children's republics held by the international before World War II they were:

  • 1933 First Republic : Oostduinkerke,  Belgium .
  • 1935 Second Republic : Verneuil-l'Étang,  France . 900 children from Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, UK and Switzerland.
  • 1937 Third Republic : Brighton,  United Kingdom . Theme: Solidarity, 2,000 participants from Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Britain, Spain and Tunisia.
  • 1939 Fourth Republic : Wandre,  Belgium . Theme: Freedom and Peace, 1,600 participants, from Belgium, France, UK, Switzerland, Tunisia and refugee children from Spain.

Since the end of World War II the IFM-SEI organises international camps as well as encouraging bi- and multi-lateral camps between members. The following is a list of official IFM-SEI camps held since 1945:.[9]

Member Organizations[edit]

Member and candidate organisations are listed here:


  1. Youth Advocates Ghana
  1. Youth for Behavioural Change (YOBEC)
  1. Pionniers of Mali
  1. Action Enfance Senegal
  2. Mouvement National des Pionniers Senegalais
  1. Union Youth Saguiet el-Hamra and Rio de Oro
  1. Patsimederu Trust


  1. Antar Bharati
  1. KKSP Foundation
  1. Youth Organization of Bhutan (exile in    Nepal)


  1. Armenian Youth Federation (ARF-YO)
  1. Kinderfreunde / Rote Falken
  1. SYB - The Falcons Belarus, Belarus (in exile in  Lithuania)
  1. Faucons Rouges
  2. Rode Valken, RVPA
  1. Pionýr
  1. DUI - Leg og Virke
  1. Nuorten Kotkain Keskusliitto
  1. Georgian Falcons
  1. Sozialistische Jugend Deutschlands-Die Falken
  1. Magyarország Gyermekbarátok Mozgalma
  1. Liepajas Jaunie Vanagi
  1. Lietuvos Sakaliuku sajunga
  1. Framfylkingen
  1. Fenix
  1. Sokolska Mladina
  1. Esplais Catalans
  1. Unga Örnar
  1. Kinderfreunde / Rote Falken
  1. Woodcraft Folk

Middle East[edit]

  1. Hashomer Hatzair
  2. HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed
  1. Association for the right of Iranian children (exile in  France )
  1. Independence Youth Union
  2. Independent Youth Forum
  3. Palestine Red Crescent Society
  1. Association for Social Democracy

Latin America[edit]

  1. Organizacion Nueva Generacion
  1. MIRIM
  1. Manque Chile
  2. Agrupacion Integridad Absoluta
  1. Fundacion Acacia
  1. Mentes en Accion
  1. Movimiento Infantil Luis Alfonso Velásquez Flores (MILAVF)
  1. Los Cachorros
  2. Club infantil CHAP "Mayo 23"
  3. Mundo Nuevo


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