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The 2017 Asia-Pacific Regional Early Childhood Development (ECD) Conference in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Cambodia was held in Siem Reap, Cambodia 1-3 March 2017 at the Angkor Era Hotel


The Conference was opened by the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN attended by over 530 national and international ECD professionals from the Asia-Pacific Region and beyond, including 12 Ministers/Vice-MInisters and high-level policy makers who shared and learned about approaches to improving child well being at the early stages of life. The Conference was themed  “The transformative power of Early Childhood Development (ECD): The importance of holistic interventions” with three sub-themes covering (i) policies and programmes; (ii) equitable access and participation; and (iii) quality monitoring.

Professor Frank Oberklaid said in his Keynote Address “Promoting the healthy development of children is both an ethical imperative and a critical economic and social investment ”  “Our agenda for the 21st century has to be the application of research to inform policy and practice – to close the gap between what we know and what we do.” The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN emphasised the CHILDS RIGHT TO SURVIVAL at the opening ceremony of the Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The Minister of Education, Youth and Sport Dr. Hang Chuon Naron emphasized in his closing remarks that “ECD lays the foundation for both cognitive and non-cognitive skills,lifelong learning and 21st century skills: critical thinking, problem-solving skills that will be developed later on.”

  • For copies of all Conference presentations including Keynote Address and Opening /Closing remarks please see  HERE 

  • For copy of the Final Conference programme booklet see  HERE

  • For full press release please see HERE