|e-News April 2013:
ARNEC's newly elected Steering Committee Members 2013-2014
We would like to warmly welcome our newly elected ARNEC Steering Committee members for 2013 - 2014.
5 members were newly elected, 2 re-elected and 7 members remain ongoing. The Steering Committee is now composed of 14 diverse 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.
Prof Venita Kaul PhD Ho Lam Hong, Director
Center for Early UNESCO Advisory Center
Childhood Education and for Development Education
Development, Ambedkar Hanoi, Vietnam
Ina Tamarua, ECE Advisor Mridula Bajaj, Executive Director
Ministry of Education Mobile Creche (also Friend of ARNEC)
Cook Islands New Delhi, India
Mariko Ichimi Abumiya (picture not
available at time of publication)
Dep. of International Research
of Cooperation, National Institute
for Educational Policy Research
For information about our new and current Steering Committee members, please click here
Global Action Week 21-27 April 2013
BIG thanks goes out to the Enfant Academy in Singapore and Vanessa Lee for taking part in Global Action week 2013. Vanessa Lee held a story telling session around why teachers are so important to her Nursery 2 class (age 4). Enfant Academy kindly let ARNEC interview the Kindergarten 2 (age 6) group and we could capture children’s voices ‘Teachers teach music, maths, spelling, arts, recycle things’. ‘Without teachers we wouldn’t learn anything: like one plus one’. While the teacher gap is not as severe in Asia-Pacific in comparison to the rest of the world, the issue nonetheless, poses as a threat to the achievement of universal primary education by 2015. The South and West Asia sub-region alone will need 114,000 new teaching positions, which makes up 7% of the global share. East Asia and the Pacific will need to recruit 62,000 new positions and Central Asia, 24,000 positions.(source UNESCO)
To learn more about the Global Campaign for Education please visit Global Campaign for Education (GCE) campaign
Debbie Fang (ARNEC) interviewing K2 group Enfant Academy Vanessa Lee (ARNEC) story telling session N2 group Enfant Academy
ARNEC's exciting new Online Initiatives: Community Page is here!
We are very pleased to announce that ARNEC's new interactive Community Page has launched.
With the new Community page you will be able to interact with other members, create your profile, take part in discussion groups, blogs, forums, access the expert database and upload your videos and pictures to share with others. Start updating your profile now!
ARNEC Secretariat Base (2014 - ) Call for Expression of Interest - deadline extended to 10 May 2013
ARNEC is planned for transition to the new location by 1 January 2014. ARNEC is therefore issuing the Request for Proposal (RFP) and inviting proposals from qualified institutions interested in hosting its secretariat base from 2014 onwards. Institutions interested in hosting ARNEC Secretariat please submit an Expression of Interest by 10 May 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Expression of Interest should contain the following information.
- Name of the institution with brief description and background
- Focal Point for preparation of Bid
- Rationale as to why you believe your institution is best suited to host ARNEC
- Any constraints faced in terms of official endorsement or time frame
- Questions or issues for clarification from RFP
Candidates who are invited to submit a full proposal will be notified by email by 17 May 2013. The closing date of the full proposal submission is
14 June 2013.
UNGEI: United National Girls' Education Initiative: Winners of the UNGEI Drawing Contest 2012-2013 announced
The theme of this year’s drawing contest was ‘What can a teacher do to ensure girls and boys benefit equally from quality education?’ The contest was open to all nationals and residents in the Asia Pacific region aged 18 years or under. UNGEI received more than 800 entries from across the region. 56 drawings were shortlisted for public vote and one drawing from each of the participating countries has been selected by the public. Congratulations to all the winners!
To view the winning entries and for more information, please click here
ISSA: Nomination and Selection Process for Election to the International Step by Step Association (ISSA) Board of Directors
The ISSA Nomination Committee 2013 (members: Henriette Heimgaertner, Emil Buzov and Mark Ginsberg) is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations to the ISSA Board of Directors.
During the Annual Council meeting in October 2013, the ISSA Council members will vote for and elect new Members to the Board. The NC is enquiring if voting in 2013 can be done electronically. We will inform you accordingly.
Three positions for the ISSA Board of Directors will become available by the end of 2013: one position for an independent member and two positions for beneficiary members. The three elected Board Members will serve a 3 year term beginning in January 2014... [read more]
Are you interested in an internship? We can help you by sending out your profile to our ARNEC network and partner organisations. Email us at email@example.com
Bernard van Leer Foundation
Research and Evaluation position - The Hague, Netherlands - deadline 28 April 2013
Programme Officer for East-Africa - East Africa - deadline 30 April 2013
Aflatoun Child Saving International, Amsterdam
Consultancy for Training manual
Room to Read – 3 new vacancies
Program Manager – School Libraries (South Asia)
Program Manger Reading& Writing Instructions (South Asia)
Program Manager Reading& Writing Instructions (South East Asia)
See details of vacancies here
ECD News around the world:
Singapore: Seed Institute (Singapore) attains accreditation for high quality training
By Priscilla Goy StraitsTimes.com
NTUC's Seed Institute, which trains early childhood educators became the first Continuing Education and Training (CET) centre in the early childhood sector to attain the National CET Institute (NCI) status.
Singapore: Working dads no longer mum on wanting time to raise kids
By T Rajan StraitsTimes.com
Many fathers want to play a larger role in their kids' lives. "The benefits of involved fathering are... improved cognitive skills, fewer behavioural problems in school-age children, less delinquency among teenage boys and fewer psychological problems in young women," says the Wall Street Journal report.
US: Improving mental health starts with early childhood relationships
Making sure children grow up in a safe and stable environment is the goal of Iowa State University researchers working on a statewide evaluation through the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting programs. Researchers want to improve effectiveness as well as access for families to prevention and intervention programs.
Borneo: Government sees early childhood education as important - Fatimah
By Borneo Post
In saying this, Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah added the government emphasised on early childhood education so that children could be exposed to a learning environment from a very young age.
Turkey: Investing in Early Childhood
By Todays Zaman
In 2009, Turkey, in cooperation with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), launched a program to strengthen early childhood education (ECE) with the ambitious target to have all 48 to 60-month-old children enrolled in school by the end of 2013. The initiative proved very successful. In the past decade, the number of children attending pre-school has increased by 240 percent.
US: The roots of violence: Child development and adult influence
By Daily Progress
Scientists are also telling us that mutual interactions of joy and delight between parents and children, especially in the early years, are crucial to healthy brain development and to children's ability to manage strong positive and negative emotions.