A message from the ARNEC Secretariat:
In line with ARNEC’s annual theme ‘ECD on the Global Agenda: Building Partnerships for Sustainability and Harmony’ ARNEC will be advocating and building partnerships in 2014 to ensure ECD is placed on the post-2015 global agenda. We will keep on working towards our Goals for 2015, which are:
- 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.
We therefore rely on YOU as an ARNEC member to add YOUR voice to the global ECD discourse. Here are two great opportunities for you to actively engage with the global discourse:
- Public Consultation on Indicators for Sustainable Development –(by 14 March 2014)
- Global Petition for ECD (as soon as possible)
You must NOT miss them! Your insights and engagement will be greatly appreciated. Please make sure you sign and share the global petition on ECD with colleagues, friends and family.
Public Consultation on Indicators for Sustainable Development –Provide your Comments, especially on the Indicators proposed HERE – Deadline is 14 March 2014
The SDSN Leadership Council published its report An Action Agenda for Sustainable Development in June 2013, following an extensive public consultation on an earlier draft. The Action Agenda maps out ten operational priorities for the post-2015 development agenda and proposes 10 goals with 30 associated targets (3 per goal). This new draft report presents an integrated framework of 100 indicators within the framework of the goals and targets proposed by the SDSN.
Global Petition for ECD: We’ve reached halfway point! This week the global petition achieved over 5000 signatures! Please continue to spread the word and share with your colleagues, friends and family. This has also been an exciting couple of months in the Early Childhood Development world. In January, Early Childhood Development featured at the World Economics Forum at Davos. Pia Britto from UNICEF and Ayla Goksel contributed to a chapter in the Education and Skills publication entitled “The Early Bird catches the Worm”. The foreword to this publication by Amina Mohammed (Ban Ki Moon's advisor on post-2015) also included our goal for the early years that "every girl and boy should have the best start to life and learning” View the petition.
Invitation to join the online space "E-discussion: Addressing challenges for meeting the MDGs and sustaining development gains”
The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is seeking expert opinions to contribute to an online discussion on the theme of its 2014 Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) “Addressing on going and emerging challenges for meeting the Millennium Development Goals in 2015 and for sustaining development gains in the future.” To join the e-discussion, please click the link at the bottom of this email. You can login and contribute at www.unteamworks.org/node/423746 (Homepage: www.unteamworks.org/amr2014).
Internships available at ARNEC Secretariat!
As part of ARNEC's capacity building in the region, ARNEC is seeking a few interns to work closely with the ARNEC Secretariat based in Singapore (West) to assist the team with research, communication, advocacy, database and administration management within Early Childhood. For full application and TOR please see HERE.
ARNEC Country Coordinators (various countries) 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
See details of vacancies here
ECD NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
A staggering 27 million children are out of school in South Asia
28 January 2014 – UNICEF online
Why do early childhood teachers need qualifications?
4 February 2014 – Indian Weekender
What’s the best way to screen for child mental health issues
24 February 2014 – The Conversation
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In this Month:
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The 58th CIES Annual Conference
‘Revisioning Education for All’
10-15 March 2014
ACEI: Global Summit on Childhood
'Voices, Vision, Visibility'
10-13 April 2014
Vancouver, BC, Canada
2014 World Forum on Early Care and Education
6-9 May 2014
San Juan, Puerto Rico
MAPECE - International Conference Early Childhood
'Creativity in Early Years the Way Forward'
24-25 May 2014
Petaling, Jaya, Malaysia
AFCC 2014, Asian Festival of Children's Content
30 May-4 June 2014
The 15th Conference PECERA
'Living in harmony through ECE'
8-10 August 2014
2014 ISSA Annual Conference
'Creating a Society for All: Re-considering
Early Childhood Services'
10-12 October 2014
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New Featured ECD Resources:
Final report on the Asia Pacifc Regional Policy Forum on ECCE – Russian Version
We are pleased to share with you the Russian version of the final report on the ‘Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Forum on Early Childhood Care and Education held last 10-12 September 2013 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Plan International Australia – the Learning Toys Production Guide for Early Learning Programmes and Home Play (from Birth to Six Years). This guide was written by Amandine Baillet with Deborah Llewellyn. It supports early childhood workers, parents and programme stafff to develop educational materials from low-cost, local and recycled materisl in settings where there are limited resources.
Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children: New regional progress report for Central and South East Asia and the Pacific
In collaboration with Save the Children, the Global Initiative is pleased to launch its latest regional report on progress towards prohibiting all corporal punishment of children. The report reviews progress in all states and territories in Central Asia, South East Asia and the Pacific – home to 590 million children – in the context of follow up to the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children; it includes detailed individual reports on each of the 48 states/territories in the region.
EFA Global Monitoring Report 2013/14 – Teaching and Learning: Achieving quality for all
New EFA Report UNESCO: Too many children are not learning. About 1/4 quarter of the youth population in poor countries can't read a single sentence. If current trends continue, the world’s poorest girls won’t achieve universal primary education until 2086!
UNESCO Bangkok: Report: Gender, Jobs and Education: Prospects and Realities in the Asia-Pacific launched Friday 7 February at the EAP UNGEI meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. It provides insights into how sociocultural factors, labour market trends and education policies influence the career perspectives and choices of young people in the region.The report focuses on the findings from research conducted in five countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal and Viet Nam.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.