The Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) was officially launched in February 2008 as a professional network to build strong partnerships in early childhood across sectors and different disciplines in the Asia-Pacific Region.
ARNEC aims to strengthen advocacy, policy reviews and development, research and innovative practices in early childhood at national and regional levels with the goals of aligning these to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and achieving the objectives of optimal holistic development for all children.
ARNEC covers a large geographical area from East and Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Pacific, totaling 47 countries. A home for the majority of the world’s young children, the Asia-Pacific region is characterized by ethnic, cultural, linguistic and topographical diversity. There are vast economic imbalances between and within countries. The countries are also under different political environments.
In such diverse contexts, wide variations in practices and policy initiatives in early childhood are well expected. Nevertheless, we feel a strong need for having a unified regional platform for the benefit of all countries in the region that would devote attention to common regional issues and derive support from neighbors by joining our voices ad hands (and resources!) together. It is also hoped that our endeavor will be exciting and inspirational to early childhood professionals in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.