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by Sukhdeep Gill, Ph.D., Mark Greenberg, Ph.D., Jazmin Nixon

presented at the 2015 Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference Beijing, China


presented at the 2015 Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference Beijing, China

by Sonja Giese

presented at the 2015 Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference Beijing, China


South Africa is brimming with bold, creative innovators and entrepreneurs. As a country, we can lay claim to many innovations across a wide range of sectors. The Innovation Edge is a multi-donor partnership established in July 2014 to bring this spirit of innovation to the early learning space in South Africa.

Young children are vulnerable by virtue of their age. In SA they are additionally so because of their disproportionate exposure to conditions of severe poverty and the multiple associated deprivations. Inequality in access to learning opportunities in South Africa exists across ages and income levels, marginalizing the youngest and poorest children. While 80% of 3-4 year olds in Quintile 5 (the richest households) have access to ECD centres, only 40% of their peers in Quintiles 1 and 2 enjoy this same right. Service quality also varies dramatically across quintiles, and most ECD centres in poor communities do not meet Government stipulated minimum norms and standards.

ECD Calendar
03 - 05 December 2014

2014 Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference, Manila, Philippines 

Main theme:

“Early Childhood Development on the Global Agenda – Building partnerships for sustainability and harmony”

Strand 1: Partnerships and Alliance Building for ECD 

Strand 2: Contributing to Sustainable Development through ECD 

Strand 3: Building Social Cohesion through ECD 

21 - 24 October 2015

China’s Fourth International Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Poverty Reduction Summit and 2015 Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference, Beijing, China

Main theme: ‘The transformative power of ECD for equitable Development’,

Subtheme 1: The child

Subtheme 2: Immediate environment the child lives in 

Subtheme 3: Society 

To access all presentation see the ARNEC ECD library  

01 - 03 March 2017

'The transformative power of ECD: the importance of holistic interventions' 


1. Policies and programmes which address the holistic nature of ECD in a broader spectrum that integrates but is not limited to health and nutrition, responsive caregiving, early learning, and protection.

2. Approaches which focus on equitable access to, and participation in, these holistic programmes and which therefore address discrimination based on gender, economic status, vulnerability, language/ethnicity, disability, and geography.

3. Quality monitoring of outcomes/measurements/indicators (how countries monitor the ECD-related targets in the SDGs) with special reference to inequity.

To access the Conference programme and all presentations CLICK HERE 

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