ONE VOICE from the Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference, 18-20 November 2013, Singapore
“Young children embody the potential to build a sustainable peaceful world with equity for all.”emphasized Dr. Pia Rebello Britto in her inspirational key note address followed on by an important consensus regarding the region’s proposed ECD goal, targets and indicators for the post 2015 development agenda. On 20th November, International Children’s Day, participants from the Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference came together as ONE VOICE and recommended ONE GLOBAL GOAL with 3 targets:
Goal: Ensure all children get the Best Start in Life and for Learning
Target 1: Ensure that all children are healthy, socially and culturally competent, respectful of diversity and learning successfully.
Target 2: Increase the number of children experiencing positive, responsive, sensitive and nurturing child-rearing practices in safe and peaceful environments.
Target 3: Ensure equitable access to quality, inclusive, and sustainable early childhood programmes and services.
 With a special focus on children from disadvantaged groups (including children with special needs and in fragile states/complex emergencies/conflict)
 Environments refers to home and other child rearing settings
 Supported by integrated comprehensive multi-sectorial ECD policies
The final document from the region will be shared with you soon for wider dissemination through your own networks.
With over 200 participants from Asia-Pacific and beyond, it was a successful three day event attended by Guest of Honour Dr Lee Tung Jean, CEO Early Childhood Development Agency, Singapore, Hon. Rueben Dick Inoana Ha’amori, Minister for Education and Human Resources Development, Solomon Islands and the Chairperson ECCD Council Chairperson, Philippines, Dr Teresita Inciong. There were lots of opportunities for networking, interactive workshops and concurrent sessions with highlights including children’s voices, national networks and policies, peacebuilding as well as costing and financing of ECD. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone attending the Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference in Singapore!
For full presentations and workshops from the conference please see: /singaporeconference2013
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GLOBAL ACTION: SIGN THE PETITION FOR ECD: put ECD at the heart of the new post-2015 developmental framework, 10.000 signatures are needed! Add your voice to the Global Petition for ECD. Over 7,000 signatures are still needed to put ECD 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.
ECD NEWS FROM BANGLADESH
"Comprehensive ECCD Policy" in Bangladesh has been approved by the cabinet in its meeting on 4 November, 2013.
ARNEC’s Noteworthy Practices video documentation - DAM Bangladesh On the banks of the Bishkhali river in an impoverished region of Bangladesh, the Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) has developed a holistic and integrated ECD programme for children and their families. This video documentation is proudly supported by ARNEC partners and CG-DGF with thanks to Ms. Mahmuda Akhter, Executive Director, Institute of Child & Human Development (ICHD) and ARNEC Noteworthy Practices Working Group. Please see the video here: http://community.arnec.net/index.php/videos/1329/28/dam-bangladesh
Interview with the Bangladesh State Minister for women and children’s affairs to follow soon! Watch
this space! http://community.arnec.net/
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ARNEC CALL FOR 2014-2015 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER APPLICATIONS
Applications for ARNEC Steering Committee members for the 2014-2015 term are currently being accepted until 31 January 2014. Our goal is to assemble a diverse group of highly motivated individuals who are passionate and influential advocates for early childhood care and development on the national/regional levels. The Steering Committee is composed of 15 members representing early childhood experts, leaders, researchers and GO/NGO personnel from various sectors and disciplines in the Pacific, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and East Asia. The following seats are available:
- Two (2) Steering Committee representatives from South Asia
- One (1) Steering Committee representative from Southeast Asia
Please complete the application form completely and submit to the ARNEC Secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 January 2014. Download the application form for more information regarding nomination and selection process and timeline. For information about the current Steering Committee members, please click here.
ARNEC: Country Coordinators needed!
Thank you for your kind attention! We have received and accepted applications for Country Coordinators from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Fiji. As you know, ARNEC is currently in the process of formalizing Country Coordinators and aim to have those in place in each and every country in the region. We are looking for further Country Coordinators in the Asia-Pacific region (where there is no known ECD network at present). 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 around 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 email@example.com
Azim Premji University – Bangalore, India, Faculty Positions
Azim Premji University has a clear purpose – to make significant contributions towards a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society. They attempt to do this through the development of talent and the creation of knowledge which can facilitate improvement in education and allied development areas. They are looking for academicians and field practitioners who resonate with its purpose and enjoy working in teams, to join them as Faculty Members in the area of Early Childhood Education. Please see here for further information.
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ECD news from around the world
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Liu Yandong discuss U.S.-China Collaboration on Early Childhood Development
20 November 2013 by Brookings
Last week on November 20, Brookings hosted an event together with the China Development Research Foundation (CDRF) to start a series of conversations about the importance of ECD and explore the possibilities for collaboration between the US and China on a topic that is high on the policy agenda for both countries. Madame Liu Yandong, vice premier of the People’s Republic of China, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state, gave compelling speeches on the importance of ECD programs and their potential for achieving long-term global impact. Secretary Clinton made a call for including early childhood development in the post-2015 development framework. http://www.brookings.edu/events/2013/11/20-us-china-early-childhood-development
Latest in ‘Peoples’ Voices’ Series features lively discussion on Children and the Post-2015 Agenda
20 November 2013, World we want
Today marks the 24th anniversary of the UN adoption of the watershed Convention on the Rights of the Child (20 Nov 1989). This served as a fitting context for the fifth session of The World We Want Policy and Strategy Group’s (PSG), Peoples’ Voices Series which focused on the theme Children and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The event was held yesterday afternoon at UNICEF House in New York with people joining from all over the world via live stream. UNICEF’s Richard Morgan, Senior Advisor on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, moderated the panel event, and His Excellency Courtenay Rattray, the Ambassador of Jamaica to the United Nations, served as the “keynote listener” and provided closing remarks. Also on the panel were Andrew Johnson, Deputy Secretary-General of ChildFund Alliance; Louise Zimanyi, Director of the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD); and Ivana Savic, the Organizing Partner for the Major Group on Children and Youth (MGCY).
Breastfeeding is life-saving for babies in Philippines typhoon emergency
29 November 2013, UNICEF
UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) today called on those involved in the response to the Philippines' Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) disaster to promote and protect breastfeeding to avoid unnecessary illness and deaths of children. The estimated 12,000 babies to be born in the worst-affected areas this month need to be exclusively breastfed, meaning that they get nothing but breast milk, which protects them from potentially deadly infections. Around one-third of babies in the area born before the disaster who are less than six months old are already exclusively breastfed, and nine out of ten were at least partially breastfed before the emergency.
Learning how to play again
26 November 2013, Thomson Reuters Foundation by Plan International
In a disaster situation, it’s essential to think outside of the box - especially when responding to the needs of children. When Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines, it took with it people’s homes, livelihoods and everything that was familiar to them. With nowhere to go, families and children had to take shelter in evacuation centres and the only home comforts they had were their rain-sodden shoes and the clothes they’d been wearing that day. For children, their school books and toys were all but gone. While food, shelter, water and sanitation, are paramount to the recovery of the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan – so is a child’s right to learn and to play.
Training and pay rise for pre-school teachers
21 November 2013, The Straits Times
Preschool teachers can expect higher pay, more training and better career progression, as the Government signalled intentions to close the gap between them and their counterparts in the education service. “You didn’t join the sector because of money,” said Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing yesterday. “But we should also not have you leave the sector because of money.” The statement, made in his speech at the Early Childhood Conference at the Singapore Expo, drew loud applause from the audience of about 2,000 preschool professionals.
Oklahoma! Where the Kids Learn Early
9 November 2013, NY Times Sunday Review
Every 4-year-old in Oklahoma gets free access to a year of high-quality prekindergarten. Even younger children from disadvantaged homes often get access to full-day, year-round nursery school, and some families get home visits to coach parents on reading and talking more to their children. The aim is to break the cycle of poverty, which is about so much more than a lack of money.
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Department of Education, Institute of Business Management
30 November 2013, Karachi, Pakistan
‘Inclusive Education with a special focus on Education for Children with Disabilities’ 3_5 December 2013, Paro College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan
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3rd UNESCO-APEID Meeting on Entrepreneurship Education
10-12 December 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
CESI: Comparative Education Society of India, Annual International
28-30 December 2013, Kolkata, India
ACEI: Global Summit on Childhood
10-13 April 2014, Vancouver, BC, Canada
8-10 August 2014, Bali, Indonesia
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ARNEC’s Documentation of Noteworthy ECD Practices – Research Brief No.2
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The White Paper – Promoting Holistic
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Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Forum on ECCE Report
The New Delhi Declaration on South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in Asia and the Pacific
‘Final SEAMEO Report for ‘Proposing an ECD/ECE Goal in the post 2015 global development framework dissemination seminar on the Asia-Pacific Regional Consultations, Jakarta 2012 cum Southeast Asian Regional Consultation on Early learning’.
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