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by P2P Project

P2P Advocacy Series #1

How do caregivers start building the future of young children through play? 

Try doing this Tap, Tap, Tap game with young children from birth onwards. This is the first of a series of early stimulation tools and approaches drawn from the resources of the Prescription to Play (P2P) project implemented by Save the Children in Bhutan with the support of The LEGO Foundation. The P2P Projects aims to promote playful parenting to ensure the well-being of children and this learning resource is being shared outside Bhutan so that caregivers in the region and beyond have access to early stimulation tools, especially in the context of COVID-19-induced challenges in nurturing care and early childhood development.

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by Webinar presenters

Strengthening the early childhood workforce: challenges and opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region 

This webinar is brought to you by ARNEC and ECWI. 

Evidence clearly shows the impact of early childhood workforce quality on young children’s learning and development outcomes. However, lack of professionals in this fielEvidence clearly shows the impact of early childhood workforce quality on young children’s learning and development outcomes. However, lack of professionals in this field (particularly in the low-middle income countries), lack of formal recognition, inadequate trainings and the absence of concrete standards in terms of qualifications, remunerations, and certification for the workforce, are among the critical areas of concern for ensuring good quality ECCE across the Asia-Pacific region.mechanisms/guidelines for training institutes.

Building on this urgent need to support and invest in early childhood workforce in the region, the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC), being a part of global initiative i.e. Early Childhood Workforce Initiative, understands the significance to fa cilitate regional level dialogues among different stakeholders for making it a priority so that it leads to strengthening the early childhood workforce in the region.

This webinar aims to focus on understanding the current opportunities and challenges that we may need to address at the regional level, as we work towards this issue, while also sharing the key strategies/initiatives that may support the strengthening of early childhood workforce in the region.

Click here for the presentation slide deck. Click here to watch the recording of the webinar. 

ECD Resources
by ARNEC Secretariat

On 28 Feb 2022, the world’s leading authority on climate science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability which assesses the impacts of climate change, particularly on ecosystems, biodiversity, and human communities at the global and regional levels. The Report also highlights the vulnerabilities of the natural world and human societies, and their capacities and limits to adapt to climate change. In summary, the IPCC argues that ‘this report is a dire warning about the consequences of inaction. Our actions today will shape how people adapt and nature responds to increasing climate risks.’

 In this statement, ARNEC highlights the linkages between the Report’s key messages and the implications to Early Childhood Development, and shows how Report findings offer evidence that reinforces ARNEC’s call to put young children at the centre of environmental and climate actions, and for the environment to be at the centre of early childhood development.

 Key takeaways:

1. Climate change worsens inequalities and adversely affects the most vulnerable populations, including young children, of the Asia-Pacific region.

2. Adaptation measures and accelerated action are urgently needed - our actions today shape our children’s future.

3. Human development measures are key in promoting sustainable resilience and adaptation.

Summary

 a. Climate change is a global challenge that requires collective action. The effort to pursue climate-resilient development is at risk, especially if global warming exceeds 1.5°C (2.7°F), and at even greater risk in some regions if global warming exceeds 2°C (3.6°F). This key finding underlines the urgency for climate action, focusing on equity and justice. ECD is inextricably linked to environmental issues and sustainable development policies in two ways: (1) young children urgently need support to be able to absorb the risk and damage caused by environmental degradation; and (2) promoting the well-being and rights of young children is key to building a sustainable future .

b. We support the interagency call to action from the world's leading child focused agencies to governments and the IPCC , such as World Vision, UNICEF, and Save the Children, that asks for future IPCC reports to give greater emphasis to children, reflecting the depth of available science as well as the needs of children (Tanner et al. 2022). We reinforce the ask for Governments and the IPCC to demonstrate the importance of children and future generations by commissioning an IPCC Special Report on Children and Climate Change, including the youngest children aged 0-8. The disproportionate burden that young children aged 0-8 will suffer due to a changing climate and the power of investing in young children’s development need to be recognized as part of climate change mitigation, adaptation, resilience, and the movement towards sustainable development.

c. We stand with the youngest children and urge for their voices to be heard. The evidence in the IPCC Report shows that young children must be at the forefront of the collective action against climate change and be included in the preparations for COP27 and in all environmental and climate actions thereafter. Urgent action is needed now to realise the rights of the youngest children and protect their future against the climate crisis that they will so unfairly have to face. 

Our actions today shape our children's future. Read ARNEC’s full statement on the recent IPCC report or click on the download icon for a copy.  

Act now against climate change! Secure the future of young children.

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by ARNEC Secretariat

Missed the webinar? Watch the recording on ARNEC's YouTube Channel and use the following links to access the webinar materials. 

Entitled Putting young children at the center of environmental and climate change actions, this webinar aims to kickstart ARNEC, UNICEF EAPRO and Save the Children’s Asia-Pacific regional initiative around advocating for young children’s rights to clean, safe and sustainable environments, focused on climate change and other environmental issues (indoor and outdoor pollution, a lack of clean and protective play and recreation spaces and exposure to environmental toxins such as lead and mercury). 

This webinar will introduce the building blocks for the initiative, exploring the interlinkages among ECD, climate change and other environmental risks focusing on the vulnerability of the youngest children to these two challenges, how they have been excluded in global discourse and actions such as COP26, and why ECD provides an opportunity to build resilience, adaptation and mitigation for sustainable development.

This webinar builds on ARNEC’s leadership in the 2019 Ha Noi Call to Action and subsequent collaborative Regional and Global Calls to Action released in the lead up to and during COP26; these Calls urged sustainable and measurable actions at global, regional, and country levels to reduce global warming, lessen the impacts of climate change, and secure a healthy and liveable planet for young children. Post COP26 negotiations, ARNEC, Save and UNICEF will lay out our proposed plan of action over the next three years for this initiative on clean, safe, and sustainable environments for early childhood development.  

We will invite participants to join the new Community of Practice (CoP) working in partnership to address the impacts of environmental and climate challenges on young children through knowledge generation, advocacy, partnerships, and capacity building, so that in the lead up to and during COP27, young children are included in the global response and national plans. More broadly, this Community of Practice will create a movement to promote actions at the different stakeholder levels supporting this regional initiative to increase awareness, investment and political commitment in the areas of policy, programs and financing that address the impacts of the environmental and climate crises on young children. 

This webinar aims to have participants from both the ECD sector (health, nutrition, care and education) who may be working with ECD and involved in policy-making, planning, implementing and environmental and climate change experts, to bridge the gap and learn more about the intersection between sustainable development and ECD, and how to involve the youngest children in climate and environmental responses. 

The objectives of this webinar are as follows: 

• Understand the linkages between climate change, environmental issues and ECD and why ECD is an opportunity to build resilience, adaptation and mitigation for sustainable development 

• Outline what ARNEC and partners will be doing over the next three years to support the youngest children in the region to address the impact of environment and climate challenges 

• Launch the Community of Practice (CoP) on ECD, climate change and environmental issues – outline the aim of the CoP and some upcoming activities and invite participants to be part of this CoP  

• Invite participants to help us identify environmental and climate policy makers who can champion the central importance of ECD in the fight against climate and environmental challenges.  

Watch the recording of the webinar on ARNEC's Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/_o06l4s9Jc4 

Related resources: 

Video - How does climate change affect children in Malaysia? (https://youtu.be/6FwbTgKSz-o)

Video - Voices Rising - a nursery rhyme animation on the climate crisis (https://youtu.be/RSBZzZ7JwRw)

World Bank - Moving Toward Climate Budgeting : Policy Note

UNICEF - The Principles and Policy Guidance on Children’s Rights to a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment in the ASEAN Region

 

ECD Events
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22 June 2022

ECDAN, Agenda 227, Alliance for Early Success, Minderoo Foundation, Oxfam India

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Policy-advocacy is a critical lever for raising the profile of childcare as a national priority, securing political commitments from parties and candidates, and promoting a national dialogue around the care economy. In many countries, 2022 is an election year, creating both an opportunity to engage candidates and parties while also presenting added challenges to cut through the noise. Doing so requires targeted advocacy and communications strategies that can effectively engage key targets, tap into party platforms, capture media attention, and mobilize public and political support. Then build on those efforts to maintain the momentum built and hold decision-makers accountable after the election. 

This webinar will bring together civil society organizations who have had success raising the issue of childcare as a policy priority during an election year and beyond to share strategies and lessons learned from their experiences.

 Panelists: 

  • Jay Weatherill- Director,Thrive by Five Initiative, Minderoo Foundation, Australia 
  • Miriam Pragita- Executive Director, ANDI, Brazil 
  • Albert Wat- Senior Policy Director, Alliance for Early Success, USA 
  • Anjela Taneja- Lead Expert- Education, Health and Inequality, Oxfam India 

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04 - 15 June 2022

Two webinars on Early Childhood Care and Education organised by Singapore Univerisity of Social Sciences (SUSS)

4 June 2022, 9am (SG time) Playful Learning: Rethinking Play as a Spectrum That Supports Learning Across Ages and Contexts

This talk will explore what is known about playful learning and discuss how this pedagogy can be leveraged across contexts (e.g., schools, homes, and communities) and ages.

Speaker: Prof Jennifer M. Zosh

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15 June 2022 , 6PM (SG time) What Matters Most to 5-year-olds: A Presentation of Findings From OECD’s International Early Learning and Child Well-being Study

This talk will present key findings from the International Early Learning and Child Well-being Study, which aims to identify key factors that drive or hinder the development of early learning.

Speaker: Ms Rowena Phair

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For more information on the public lecture series, please visit: https://www.suss.edu.sg/news-and-events/events?page=1&period=upcoming-events&eventType=all&school=s-r-nathan-school-of-human-development 

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25 May 2022

Register now! 

Evidence clearly shows the impact of early childhood workforce quality on young children’s learning and development outcomes. However, lack of professionals in this field (particularly in the low-middle income countries), lack of formal recognition, inadequate trainings and the absence of concrete standards in terms of qualifications, remunerations, and certification for the workforce, are among the critical areas of concern for ensuring good quality ECCE across the Asia-Pacific region.

At the regional level, there is a need to invest in the ECCE workforce through adopting a range of initiatives -- e.g., recruitment of sufficient workforce, professionalizing the workforce, providing continuous professional development opportunities, conducting needs assessment of the capacity of different stakeholders for implementing ECCE services and supporting the development of regulatory mechanisms/guidelines for training institutes.

Building on this urgent need to support and invest in early childhood workforce in the region, the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC), being a part of global initiative i.e. Early Childhood Workforce Initiative, understands the significance to fa cilitate regional level dialogues among different stakeholders for making it a priority so that it leads to strengthening the early childhood workforce in the region.

This webinar aims to focus on understanding the current opportunities and challenges that we may need to address at the regional level, as we work towards this issue, while also sharing the key strategies/initiatives that may support the strengthening of early childhood workforce in the region.

The objectives of this session are

  • To present the status of early childhood workforce in the region and identify the priority issues;
  • To get familiar with a range of initiatives and tools for supporting early childhood workforce development in the region; and
  • To brainstorm on the way forward for supporting early childhood workforce in the region.

Click here for the speakers' profiles 

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