To keep the momentum going and to put ECD at the heart of post-2015 Global Development Agenda, ARNEC will keep on advocating in 2014 to ensure ECD is placed on the post-2015 global agenda.  


Our annual theme 2014 is therefore, 

´ECD on the global agenda: Building Partnerships for sustainability and harmony.´


We will continue to build strong partnerships across sectors and different disciplines, organisations, agencies and institutions in the Asia-Pacific Region according to our mission.  We value our existing partnerships and we will also more rigorously explore new and further partnerships in the strategic areas all of which will contribute to the stronger and more dynamic ECD community in the region and to become a good partner within the global ECD community

Investing in our youngest children because we strongly believe that, in the long run, it is a most effective approach to a sustainable and harmonious society for all.  We will further look into these emerging themes within research and other advocacy work ARNEC and partners are involved in.

ARNEC will keep on working for our Goals towards 2015:

  • The Asia-Pacific region will have established a stronger and more dynamic ECD community that contributes to holistic national ECD policies
  • A holistic and inclusive ECD agenda is articulated, disseminated and adopted in the Asia-Pacific region
  • The ECD knowledge-base specific to the Asia-Pacific region is enhanced
  • The Asia-Pacific ECD experiences increasingly influence the global ECD agenda.












Take Action during 

Global Action Week 2014

'Education and Disability' -

4-10 May 2014


Global Action Week is one of the major focal points for the education movement. Created and led by the Global Campaign for Education, Global Action Week provides everyone campaigning for the right to education with an opportunity to highlight a core area of the Education For All agenda and make targeted efforts to achieve change on the ground, with the added support of millions of members of the public worldwide joining together for the same cause.

We are asking teachers, students, education campaigners and members of the public to take part in Global Action Week events happening all around the world, 4-10 May 2014.




Call to ARNEC members - sign

the global petition for ECD!

Add your signature to the Global Petiton for Early Chilhood - 

UPDATE NOW only 2,150 signatures are  needed! 


Put Early Childhood Development at the heart of the new post-2015 development framework with targets that promise 

all children care, support and services which work together for the best start in life. Sign the petition and share the link with friends, colleagues and your networks.


Save the date!:

ARNEC Webinar

6 May 2014, 7pm Singapore time (UTC/GMT +8) 

'ECD and Peacebuilding'

 followed on by e-discussions

(more details to follow soon)



Early Experiences Matter: Building Foundations for Lifelong Learning Asia Pacifc Early Childhood Development Noteworthy Practices

by ARNEC, August 2013

It is heartening to present the next sequel of ARNEC Noteworthy Practices for the year 2012 on the theme Early Experiences Matter: Building Foundation for Life Long Learning. The theme seeks to highlight the impact of developmental and learning support in early years on learning abilities, literacy competencies and academic outcomes later in life. The three ECCD programmes hailed from the sub-regions: Central Asia (Tajikistan), Southeast Asia (Vietnam), and Oceania (Australia). The information for the studies was collected using primary and secondary sources. During site visits, the programme was observed and stakeholders, service providers, parents were interviewed. The characteristics of noteworthy practices as specified by ARNEC served as a reference point while research was being conducted, documented and reviewed.

For more reports by ARNEC, please click here.











The White Paper - Promoting Holistic Development of Young Children- An Imperative for the Advancement of Nations in Asia Pacific  

also available in Russian, Chinese, Korean and in Khmer.

by ARNEC, April 2013   

Holistic early childhood development builds the health and wealth of nations and advances social justice by: 1) Improving child health and nutrition; 2) Educating the future generation and promoting nation-building; 3) Bringing about high economic returns for nations and 4) Alleviating inequity and promoting national harmony.