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Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood e-newsflash (July 2014, Issue 69)

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A message from the ARNEC Secretariat:


Dear ARNEC members,


This year’s Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference will be taking place from 3rd to 5th December 2014 in Manila, Philippines. We are very honoured to have international Key note Speaer Hirokazu Yoshikawa, PhD with us this year. We are expecting over 250 participants from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond at the Crowne Plaza Manila in Philippines. Stay tuned for further details!



Call for article proposals for ARNEC Connections 2014 no.8

To strengthen our advocacy work and capacity building in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, the editorial board of ARNEC is seeking for a diverse range of papers to be published in the annual ‘ARNEC Connections’. This includes short commentary articles, case study, programme reports, research papers, and blogs from the Asia-Pacific region demonstrating how effective partnerships among stakeholders in the ECD community are being built. Articles should relate to one or more of the following themes:

  • Building partnerships for ECD
  • Contributing to sustainable development through ECD 
  • Building social cohesion through ECD
  • Promoting diversity and inclusion through ECD

 For further information and the article proposal form:               

ARNEC Connections 2014 no. 8 Article Proposal Call with Submission Form.doc  

You can also refer to our ECD resources ARNEC Connections 2013 no.7

by ARNEC June 2014

Please email DEADLINE is 10 August 2014.

We look forward to your article proposals.  


ARNEC Webinar on ‘Health and Nutrition in ECD’ – 30 July 2014 7pm SGT

Presented by WHO: Dr Bernadette Daelmans, Dr Adelheid Onyango and Ziba Vaghri

The webinar addressed the following issues:

 • Why it is important to invest in early child development?
• The Care for Child Development intervention
• Opportunities for integrating care for child development in nutrition and health services
• Evidence of benefits and impact

Missed it? Please see the presentations and meeeting webinar recording here

Our e-discussions on ‘Health and Nutrition in ECD’ will be hosted on Google Groups from 1-15 August 2014 – please email if interested. 

Case Studies of Australian NGOs’ Work in Education: Reach, Relationships and Results

The ACFID Education Sector Working Group (ESWG) in Australia has produced a publication with 19 case studies that demonstrate the effectiveness, relationships and impact of the work of Australian NGOs (ANGOs) and their local partners in education and cover projects in Asia, the Pacific and Africa.  5 of the case studies relate specifically to ECCD projects.  This compilation provides evidence of the vital role of NGOs in delivering targeted, efficient and sustainable education outcomes and highlights why NGOs are such important partners for government, donors and civil society. Any comments or feedback on the publication as a whole can be sent to Richard Geeves or Nicole Rodger

Further information about particular case studies can be obtained from the contributing agency. The publication can be found here:  


Call for papers: ‘International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy (IJCCEP)’

IJCCEP is to provide a wide ranging collection of articles that cover the breath of child care and education policy. The journal intends to promote and coordinate research findings and major issues of child care and education policy to a broad international readership, especially including government officials as well as researchers and practitioners. It is an open access and peer reviewed journal and primarily focuses on policy research on child care and education by inviting submission of a written article concerning policy reforms, empirical research on ECEC, a critical policy and more. The IJCCEP publishes original and review papers, technical reports, case studies, conference reports, and government reports. The journal accepts submissions on a rolling basis throughout the year via IJCCEP web-page.



Call for reviewers: ‘International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy (IJCCEP)’

The International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy would like to invite academicians and professionals to join as reviewers. The Journal is seeking reviewers who can provide constructive analysis of papers, thus enhancing the overall quality of the Journal.Please kindly complete this form and email to


 Register for ISSA’s International Conference in October in Budapest, Hungary (Early registration ends on 9 August!)

The 2014 ISSA International Conference will take place in Budapest, Hungary, between 10 - 12 October, 2014. The Conference marks ISSA’s 15th anniversary as a learning community devoted to Early Childhood Development, and the 20th anniversary of the Open Society Foundations’ Step by Step Program, upon whose legacy and resulting network ISSA continues to build. Under the title Creating a Society for All – Reconsidering Early Childhood Services, the conference aims to reflect on the transformations that the education and care services for young children have experienced over the past 25 years, looking at three main strands:  

  1. Democratic values and practices in early childhood systems
  2. Inclusion, equity and quality: the keys to reaching all children and families
  3. A comprehensive approach to early childhood services and systems  

To date, more than 130 presentation proposals from 45 different countries have been submitted. The diversity of these presentations ensures inspiring debates and enriching professional sharing with colleagues from around the globe and we hope to welcome you among the participants! We are pleased to inform you that the deadline for early bird registration for ISSA’s 2014 Conference has been extended for our partners and members. The new deadline is August 9Information related to the conference strands, the keynote speakers, practical issues about the event and a complete calendar with important dates to remember are available on the conference site: For more information contact Eva Izsak at

Child Australia is proud to announce the 2015 WA Early Childhood Education & Care Conference: " 1Voyage. Exploring Excellence in Early Childhood & Care" to be held August 7 & 8, 2015.

Express your interest HERE.





ARNEC: Content Manager (Consultant) for ECD Learning Webportal

We are currently revamping the ARNEC Website as part of our existing initiative to broaden our online presence and enhance learning on holistic and inclusive ECD. For the new web-based learning portal  we are searching for a Content Manager (Consultant) for part-time six (6) months or full time 3 months (3) to source, develop and manage content for the webportal. You will be working closely with the ARNEC Secretariat and ARNEC Country Coorinators in the region. For full TOR please see HERE – Deadline for application is extended to 7 August  2014 

ARNEC Country Coordinators (various countries)

We are looking for further Country Coordinators in the Asia-Pacific region (where there is no known ECD network at present) especially from Central Asia, Laos, Myanmar, and New Zealand. . The Country Coordinator will on a national level improve linkages with the countries (national networks/ECCD professional community) and strengthen national coordination for ECCD. We expect Country Coordinators to work on the following, but not limited to, activities:

  • Host a “Country of the Month” in collaboration with your national ECD community
  • Actively participate in ARNEC’s web portals (sharing upcoming events (and their reports), new policies and other hot topics, blogs…)
  • Promote ARNEC membership (e.g. holding membership drives, disseminate ARNEC’s work, advocacy messages and information)
  • Contribute to ARNEC’s initiatives  

We anticipate Country Coordinators to spend min. 12 days a year for and commit her/himself to serve the role for a term of 2 years. For full Terms of reference click here for those interested. Please complete the nomination form attached with your CV and/or reference contact details, and return back to


Plan International in Timor Leste- Call for Expression of Interest: Consultant for Final Evaluation of the Early Childhood Care and Development (Early Learning) Programme 2012-2014 Phase - Deadline 7 August 2014

Plan invites Expression of Interest from appropriately qualified and experience consultants for this evaluation. Please see full TOR HERE 


 UNICEF Maldives - Consultancy National Standards for Early Childhood Education - Deadline extended to 2 August 2014 

UNICEF Maldives is looking for a Consultant to work with the MoE in developing national standards for early childhood education.  The deadline for application is extended to 2 August.

Please see TOR HERE 


See details of vacancies here




Myanmar launches early Childhood Care and development policy

9 July 2014, The New Light of Myanmar


Growing Up in New Zealand provides new insight into the lives of our children up to two years of age

17 June 2014, Media release from Growing Up in New Zealand


Pacific Disability Theatre Group Inspires and Educates

19 June 2014, Truth-Out Org


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Upcoming Events:



SAVE THE DATE! Asia-Pacfic Regional ECD Conference SAVE THE DATE!

Co-organised by ARNEC & ARNEC partners

3-5 December 2014

Manila, Philippines 


Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association The 15th Conference (PECERA)

'Living in harmony through ECE'

 8-10 August 2014

Bali, Indonesia  


Korean Society for Early Childhood EducatioConference

'Building a respectful Early Childhood classroom community' 

29-31 August 2014

Seoul, Korea 


Early Childhood Development Agency Singapore (ECDA ) Conference 

'The incredible early years: Supporting young children's development'

19-20 September 2014



International Step by Step Association

2014 ISSA Annual Conference

'Creating a Society for All: Re-considering

Early Childhood Services'

10-12 October 2014

Budapest, Hungary

Early Bird Rate ends 9 August 


 17th UNESCO-APEID International Conference

The Powerhouses of Education: Teachers for the Future We Want’

29-31 October 2014

Bangkok, Thailand



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Featured ECD Resources:

Pledge Report from Global Partnership for Education Replenishment Conference held in Brussels on June 26, 2014

Download Pledge Report here

Final Conference report from ARNEC Conference 18-20 November 2013 in Singapore


ARNEC Calendar 2014: Early Experiences Matter 'Building Foundations for Lifelong Learning'is here! Download now

ARNEC’s Documentation of Noteworthy ECD Practices – Research Brief No.2

by ARNEC, August 2013 


The White Paper – Promoting Holistic  Development of Young Children – An Imperative for the Advancement of Nations in Asia-Pacific by ARNEC, April 2013 The White Paper is also available in Russian, Chinese,  Korean and in Khmer. Would you like to translate or arrange for translation of the White paper into an additional language from the Asia-Pacific region? If you would like hardcopies of the White paper for your advocacy work or to promote ARNEC at events or conferences just let us know at


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A Girl with Passion and Hope

This video is produced by a local NGO in Bangladesh, featuring the ‘Flexible Learning Strategies in Bangladesh’.  To find out more about Flexible Learning Strategies, visit their website  and Facebook page.



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