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34 Int'l Soc. Work 5 (1991)

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I am writing this editorial in an airport on my way home from the
25th International Congress of Schools of Social Work  held in
August 1990 in Lima Peru. As I write, I am keenly conscious of the
wealth and comfort that surrounds me  in this airport and of the
suffering, fears and poverty that I left behind just a few hours ago. But
I am equally aware that, unless I am careful, in a few more hours I will
be once again immersed  in the myriad details of my immediate
academic responsibilities and that many of these experiences will be
quickly dulled, rather than influence my thinking, writing, research
and practice in the years ahead as they should.
  Interacting with colleagues from  some  twenty-five or more
countries, committed to international development in the midst of a
part of the world struggling to bring about fundamental changes, is a
powerful experience. Over and over again during these past few days I
was  struck by the tremendous wealth  of ideas, knowledge and
experience that exists within our international family. Dr Hubert
Campfens  commented  on the impressive number of papers that had
been submitted and the challenges for selecting that this created for
his fellow organizers. Exciting as is this richness of knowledge, it is
strongly tempered by the challenges created for us in developing
systems of making this knowledge more readily available and the role
that ourjournal, International Social Work can and must carry in this
critical role of knowledge disbursement.
  There is just so much that we can learn from each other. As Dr
Ralph Garber stated in his closing address, thankfully the era is ended
when, in our profession, one part of the world was viewed as the
dispenser of knowledge and the rest as the grateful recipients. We
continue to learn that we all share common problems and common
challenges. We know  well how to adjust ideas and programmes
developed in one part of the world to our own specific realities. But
we are still in need of a much more effective method of gathering and
dispersing ideas from all corners of the world in a manner that
ensures these ideas are timely and relevant. As professionals we are

International Social Work (SAGE, London, Newbury Park and New Delhi), Vol. 34
(1991), 5-6.

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