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Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood e-newsflash (June 2014, Issue 68)

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A message from the ARNEC Secretariat:


Dear ARNEC members,


The Global Petition for ECD, which ARNEC has been supporting wholeheartedly and many of you have contributed to, was presented to Amina Mohammed on behalf of the UN Secretary General on Monday, 16 June. The Permanent Missions of Colombia, Ecuador and Italy hosted an event at the UN entitled "Early Childhood Development: The Foundation for Sustainable Human Development for 2015 and Beyond". The event was sponsored by the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development, Open Society Foundations, SOS Children's Villages and CINDE.

You can watch the full event here:

And the follow-up Press Conference here:


A warm thank you goes out to Marilyn Manuel and Amalia Serrano at the ECCD Council Philippines for contributing strongly to the petition this month!


Please keep on sharing the petition widely with your networks, contacts colleagues, family and friends! SIGN THE PETITION ONLINE. Alternatively, if you’re at an event, conference or meeting you could get creative by making signboards,  taking pictures with the petition, or simply gathering signatures on a template of the petition (see here). Please do make sure you send a scanned copy to

Important: Due to email migration issues please use when writing to the ARNEC Secretariat. We thank you for your understanding. 


Global Action Week 2014: ‘Education and Disability’ 

During Global Action Week 2014 the ARNEC Secretariat staff visited a Pre-School in Singapore practising the concept of Inclusion in an ECE setting. Please see the report ‘Hug Yourself – the success stories of Inclusion in Singapore’ written by ARNEC Secretariat inters Joy Wang and Joanna Tan after their visit to the Sarada Kindergarten. ARNEC would like to hear more good examples from the region on the application of the concept of INCLUSION in Early Childhood Development perspective - do you know or have stories, pictures, videos from your country describing good examples on this topic that you would like to share with us all? Please share them by emailing us at or by directly posting them on our Community page:



ChildFund: First professional Forum on Early Childhood Development in Timor Leste

ChildFund partnered with Plan International and World Vision who hosted Timor Leste’s first Professional Forum on Early Childhood Development from 11-12 June.  Have a look at the report 


ISSA Conference 10-12 October 2014: ­The early bird deadline is approaching! Register now and arrange your payment by 10 July

As announced earlier, this year’s ISSA conference will take place in Budapest, Hungary, from 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 Foundation’s 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  

Information related to these strands, the keynote speakers, practical issues about the event and a complete calendar with important dates to remember are available on the conference site:


Call for papers: ‘The Powerhouses of Education: Teachers for the Future We Want’ 17th UNESCO-APEID International Conference, 29-31 October 2014, Bangkok, Thailand. Deadline is 31 July.

Reflecting on the times he spent learning under a tree as a young boy, United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon emphasized that education is the single best investment nations can make to build prosperous, healthy and equitable societies when he launched the Education First initiative in September 2012. To provide a forum for discussions on leading-edge thinking about teachers and teaching practices, UNESCO, with support from the Japan Funds-in-Trust, is organizing the 17th UNESCO-APEID International Conference, The Powerhouses of Education: Teachers for the Future We Want. See here


Vision of Humanity – Launch of the 2014 Global Peace Index Report




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 15 July 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 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


See details of vacancies here




The Obligation to end preventable deaths and a stunted childhood is a responsibility we all bear

16 June 2014, The Huffington Post - Blog


Important to raise the quality of Early Childhood educators, Minister Chan

1 June 2014, Channel News Asia


Expanding Pre-School Access for Disadvantaged Children

19 June 2014, Brookings 


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Upcoming Events:


ARNEC Webinar on Health and Nutrition followed by e-discussions

July 2014 – further announcements to

follow soon!


Watch out this month for the call for articles for ARNEC Connections no.8!

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 10 July


 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:


Today I am’ is the English version of the award winning Dutch children’s book by Mies van Hout.  

See 5 activities to go with ‘ Today I am’.


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


Featured Link:


Post 2015: Blog interview with Baela Raza Jamil about the complexities of the process of influencing the post-2015 development agenda.  The Illusion and Reality of Global Participation in Influencing Post-2015 Education Targets, Baela shared insights from her recent experience influencing the post-2015 targets for education at the Global Education for All Meeting (GEM) in Oman.



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