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06 April 2022

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The Department of Early Childhood Education at the Education University of Hong Kong (EduHK) organised an international online forum focusing on preschool children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). 

The speaker for the forum includes Dr. Eva Lai Yuk Ching, Assistant Professor of Teaching at ECE, who will be speaking on the topic, ''Dispel the Myths of Inclusive Early Childhood Education''. Panellists for the forum include SEN practitioners from Hong Kong, China, Australia and Singapore who will be sharing their wisdom and tips for preschool teachers to better meet the needs of their SEN students in their classrooms. The talks are followed by a question-and-answer session. 

For the biographies of speakers and detail on the forum, please visit: https://www.eduhk.hk/ece/en/highlights.php?id=7088  

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01 - 24 March 2022

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Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) and Africa Early Childhood Network (AfECN) invite you to the webinar series on “Accelerating Better Early Childhood Development (ECD) outcomes in Africa and Asia-Pacific regions through strengthened governance mechanisms”.

The first webinar focusing on the results of mapping study on governance and coordination mechanisms for ECD in the Africa region was completed in December 2021 with more than 100 participants from both regions.

The second webinar will be held on 24th March 2022. The purpose of this webinar is to understand the nature of multi-sectoral governance structures which are supporting ECD service delivery across countries in the Asia-Pacific and Africa region.

Click here for a copy of the concept note. More information on the panelists can be found on: https://us10.campaign-archive.com/?u=bd0894fcc8781bc7016abf710&id=f328314635 

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01 March 2022

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Save the Children Italy and Save the Children Sweden are pleased to invite you to the global launch of the Inclusive Education Resources and Toolkit on Tuesday 1st March, 9:00 EST / 14:00 GMT (UTC).   

Save the Children defines Inclusive Education as one dimension of a rights-based quality education which emphasizes equity in access and participation and responds positively to the individual learning needs and competencies of all children. We cannot attain SDG 4 without creating education systems that embrace each and every child and remove barriers hindering them from achieving learning outcomes and fulfil their potentials.      

You might be wondering ‘How can we do this?!!’. We have pulled together a brand-new Toolkit with the most relevant resources and tools existing from Save the Children and Others proposing concrete education solutions for all children.  

The launch includes:   

• Opening by Save the Children Italy CEO Daniela Fatarella  

• Why the Inclusive Education Resources Toolkit was needed  

• How we have developed it  

• How to use and navigate   

• What's next  

• Q&A  

During the presentation we will use the PowerPoint Live modality by which you will be able to choose live subtitles according to your language preference. If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know beforehand by writing directly to Alice alice.cavallazzi@savethechildren.org. We will try our utmost to accommodate your request based on our available resources. International Sign Interpretation will also be available throughout the event.   

The session will be recorded for those who will not be able to join and will be made available through SC channels.   

This webinar will be held via Zoom – please register in advance at the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Wsu4VOubQiOvipJigNuSFQ  

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28 February 2022

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Join EASPD on 28 February 2022 at 09h30 CET for a webinar to learn more about how support services in Ukraine are dealing with the situation and to discuss what can be done to help support services in the months to come. 

EASPD wishes to bring light to the current situation of service providers for people with disabilities in Ukraine amidst the Russia-Ukraine conflict. It is important to highlight the impact this conflict will have for persons with disabilities and their families in Ukraine. Naturally, support services are under pressure, and it is necessary to understand how they can run their services best in such a situation. Hearing out the struggles they face and how they are coping with the changing scenario is yet another aspect that is important to look at.

The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities is hosting a webinar on 28th February 2022 at 9h30-11h00 to understand and address some of these concerns.

For more information, please visit: https://www.easpd.eu/events-detail/easpd-webinar-on-the-reality-for-support-services-in-ukraine/  

A letter from the ISSA SECRETARIAT

Dear friends of the ISSA Network,

The ISSA Secretariat is in touch with our Members in Ukraine. They continue to support to families with young children, for instance in the Roma communities in Uzhgorod, the Western part of Ukraine and elsewhere in the country.

As we all know, Roma communities often face disproportionate hardships. Now in this crisis situation, even more so. Many will be left without the ability to work or adequate information and may be trapped with no means to flee.

While ISSA Members continue to offer online support to children and families, what is most desperately needed now are funds to buy blankets, hygiene products, medicine, mattresses, food kits, clothes, and shoes. Fortunately, our Member organizations can still access their organizational bank accounts and purchase supplies.

You can help! 

If your organization is willing to help our Members in Ukraine, please write to info@issa.nl , and we will connect you.

— ISSA Secretariat

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17 February 2022

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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 risks/ challenges (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 livable 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. 

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02 February 2022

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Webinar organised by PATH, African Population & Health Research Center, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, ECDAN

The goal of the webinar is to disseminate findings from two studies recently conducted in Kenya and Mozambique which examined the acceptability and feasibility, facilitators and barriers, as well as initial outcomes of integrating monitoring and counseling on child development into routine health services. The webinar will engage the participants in reflecting about what it takes to promote child development among real life health system constraints and will help identify further questions that need to be answered to support robust integration of nurturing care in the health sector.

For more information, please visit: https://m.facebook.com/ECDAction/?__tn__=C-R  

Photo Credits_ Joao Catingue_PATH.jpg

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27 - 29 January 2022

AECED and Mobile Creches Early Years World Conference 2022

The 2022 Early Years virtual conference, ’Reimagining and reshaping Early Childhood Care and Education for the “New” Normal’, aims to explore how children, teachers, leaders, parents and other relevant stakeholders can cope, grow, learn, and thrive in a new normal of uncertainty, and volatility. It aims to reconnect to what we know works, reimagine ways to create thriving schools and classrooms, reshape meaningful learning, responsive teaching and parenting and dynamic and joyous learning environments that boost thriving in an uncertain Post-COVID Age. 

Call for abstracts is now open! 

For more information, please visit: https://www.aeced.org.in/world-conference-2022/ 

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08 December 2021

Accelerating Early Childhood Development Outcomes through Strengthened Governance Mechanisms Experiences from Africa and Asia-Pacific Regions

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Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) and Africa Early Childhood Network (AfECN) invite you to the webinar series on “Accelerating Better Early Childhood Development (ECD) outcomes in Africa and Asia-Pacific regions through strengthened governance mechanisms”.

Objectives

Two Knowledge Exchange Events will be conducted in December 2021 and January 2022. The first webinar in the series will focus on sharing from the Africa region’s perspective while the second webinar will focus on sharing the Asia-Pacific region’s experiences: The key objectives of the webinar series are:

● Share findings of the landscape analysis on governance and coordination mechanisms for ECD in Africa and Asia-Pacific regions.

● Showcase best practices of multisectoral coordination mechanisms for ECD in the region, thus promoting cross-regional knowledge exchange.

Click here for a copy of the concept note. 

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08 December 2021

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Global competence education focuses on the skills, values, and behaviors that prepare children to thrive in a diverse interconnected world. This webinar aims to define global competence, explain why it is important for today's learners, and show how it has been implemented in various programs.

Learn about experiential learning opportunities to engage students of all ages and across curriculum to build these essential skills. For more information, please visit: https://teachun.org/conference/2021-un/save-the-date-december-7th-2021for-our-next-webinar/ 

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17 November 2021

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Over one billion children experience violence every year, with devastating short and long-term consequences for individuals and societies. Corporal punishment is the most common and widely accepted form of violence against children, and most likely to be experienced early in life; studies show that 3 in 4 children under five years are spanked, hit with objects, or beaten as punishment. Sadly, their vulnerability and exposure to violence has increased during the pandemic.

As well as breaching their human rights, the pervasiveness of violence against young children in the home, child care, and other settings is particularly concerning as early child development provides the building blocks for lifelong health, educational achievement, economic wellbeing, and societal progress.

To achieve their developmental potential, children need nurturing care, supportive relationships, and protection from violence. In contrast, exposure to violence can overload children's biological systems, disrupt the brain's circuitry development, and lead to a range of long-term negative consequences. Eradicating corporal punishment in early life is critical to ensuring children's health, development and rights, and in building strong, thriving, and peaceful communities.

This webinar, hosted by the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and the Early Childhood Development Action Network offers an opportunity to learn more about the prevalence and impacts of corporal punishment in early life, to hear about global progress towards prohibiting and eliminating corporal punishment in the early years, including examples of good practice, and to discuss strategies for ending corporal punishment as a priority for promoting the rights and wellbeing of young children, and supporting the development of peaceful and strong societies.

Photo credit: © UNICEF/UN0383994/Pancic 

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17 - 18 November 2021

The 2nd International Conference on Early Childhood Care Education and Parenting (ICECCEP) organised by SEAMEO CECCEP in collaboration with Universitas Muhammadiyah Cirebon is scheduled on 17th – 18th November 2021. 

SEAMEO CECCEP is organizing an international conference to gather experts from all sectors to collect available best practices on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) and parenting education for redefining the ECE learning strategies in the post-pandemic era. This conference also aims to create further discussions among education practitioners in the region.

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THEME AND SUB-THEMES

Theme: Redefining the Effective Approach for Developing Early Childhood in the Post-Pandemic Era

Paper presentations and discussions are organized on the following scopes:

1. New learning strategies for ECE in post-pandemic era

2. The Role of Parents in Ensuring Children’s Education Continuity

3. Proper Education Intervention for Early Learners in pandemic era

4. Parenting Programs, Policy Making and Implementation

5. Teachers’ Resilience in Facing Pandemic Era

6. Critical Issues on ECCE and Parenting in and post-pandemic era

KEYNOTE AND PLENARY SPEAKERS

The keynote and Paraller Speakers of this conference are:

1. Nadiem Anwar Makarim, B.A., M.B.A (Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology)

2. Dr. M. Sofwan Effendi, M.Ed (MoECRT, Indonesia)

3. Dr. Sofia Hartati, M.Si (Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia)

4. Assoc. Prof. Marek Tesar (Auckland University, New Zealand)

5. Prof. Chiaki Miwa (Hiroshima University, Japan)

6. Ms. Ines Provoost (Aide et action, France)

7. Mr. Kadir Kaan (für Bildung und Erziehung (FBE), Germany)

8. Dr. Irfan Fauzi Rachmat, M.Pd (Universitas Muhammadiyah Cirebon, Indonesia)

Click here for the provisional agenda

Please visit: http://seameo-ceccep.com/iceccep/aboutback.html for more detials on the conference.  

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09 - 11 November 2021

EDUtech Asia brings together educators, from across the region and from K12 to Higher Ed to share stories, ideas, and perspectives. Over 3 days 250 inspirational speakers will be broadcasting live on our virtual event platform. You’ll find thought leaders discussing topics on remote learning, personalisation, STEAM, classroom design, Ai and student wellbeing.

The pandemic has accelerated technology adoption in education and educators across the region are implementing technology solutions to enable remote learning, improve communication and accelerate learning. Come and meet the EdTech players disrupting education at EDUtech Asia.

Get your free ticket here: https://secure.terrapinn.com/V5/step1.aspx?E=10445&p=1&_ga=2.125282506.1180060355.1636070159-1669037650.1636070159 

Find out more on EDUtech 2021 website.  

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02 - 04 November 2021

ISSA Connects is bringing you another opportunity to come together with peers!

Come learn with ISSA , 2 - 4 November 2021. 

The ISSA community will host three professional development sessions to stimulate learning and sharing within their Network.

2 November 2021 | 10:30 - 12:30 CET

How can we support meaningful interactions in early childhood education and care?

Register at: https://events.zoom.us/e/view/9mHnToKoQt2z_bKWYNOUEQ?ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_September_MU_2021)  

Find out more on: https://www.issa.nl/content/issa-connects-how-can-we-support-meaningful-interactions-early-childhood-education-and-care?ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_ISSAConnects4Learning-final) 

3 November 2021 | 10:30 - 13:30 CET

Building your Organization's Resilience

How can your organization increase resiliency during challenging times?

Register at: https://events.zoom.us/e/view/Pblt2Nk_REOlUnlKTyzl6A?ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_September_MU_2021) 

Find out more on: https://www.issa.nl/Building-Organizational-Resilience?ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_ISSAConnects4Learning-final) 

4 November 2021 | 10:30 - 12:30 CET

Early Childhood Education and Care during the Pandemic

NESET report on lessons learned and implications for policy and practice

Register at: https://events.zoom.us/e/view/LTqel7X4RpenLQ8F209oNg?ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_September_MU_2021) 

Find out more on: https://www.issa.nl/content/issa-connects-early-childhood-education-and-care-during-pandemic?ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_ISSAConnects4Learning-final) 

 

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21 October 2021

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Evidence shows that playful parenting enhances the interaction between the child and caregiver. It is also well acknowledged that play and communication are critical for children’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. While considerable evidence has been generated in recent years on what works to ensure that children have a strong start to life, gaps remain in ensuring the use of such knowledge for informed decision-making by varied audiences, from policymakers to frontline workers. This has contributed to a large number of children failing to meet their developmental potential, especially in low- and middle-income countries.  

Through the Scaling Up Playful Parenting Initiative, AKU IHD, in collaboration with UNICEF with the support of the LEGO Foundation and the Aga Khan Foundation is establishing an ECD Workforce Hub. One of the key mandates of the Hub will be translating scientific research and technical resources into accessible materials for specific target audiences including, but not limited to, policymakers, frontline workers, program practitioners, and parents/caregivers.

On October 21st, 2021, we invite ECD implementers and researchers to join in a discussion on translating knowledge to inform policy and practice. This webinar looks at what knowledge translation means, barriers, facilitators, and opportunities for translating knowledge to practice, and what is currently being done to address existing gaps. 

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02 September 2021

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Join Save the Children for the launch of the IDELA Decision-making toolkit guide on September 2, 2021, 08:30PM ( GMT+8). In this new guide, Save the Children dives deep into the process of designing, communicating and applying research to influence programs, policy and advocacy.

The event will feature a panel of IDELA partners and a discussion of their experiences using data to drive positive change in the field of early childhood development.

Please contact idela@savechildren.org with any questions.

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12 - 13 July 2021

UNESCO is pleased to invite you to the Regional Webinar on Costing and Financing SDG 4 especially Target 4.2, on 12 & 13 July 2021, 1:30pm – 3:30pm (Bangkok time/ GMT+7) via Zoom.

The objective of the webinar is to understand systematic planning for costing and financing for SDG4 especially for quality early childhood policies and programmes. In particular, the webinar will focus on recent global, regional development on systematic costing and financing of SDG 4 especially in the area of Target 4.2, as well as on catalyzing multilateral engagement and cooperation for costing and financing ECCE policies and programmes in the Asia-Pacific region.

To receive the Zoom meeting link, please register here. For more information, please visit UNESCO website

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08 July 2021

Right from the start: Ensuring quality and inclusive early childhood care and education for everyone - Thursday 08 July 3 PM CEST

UNESCO is pleased to invite you on Thursday, 08 July from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (CEST) to join “Right from the start: Ensuring quality and inclusive early childhood care and education for everyone” organized by UNESCO and the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report. 

In the lead up to the launch of a new Global Partnership Strategy (GPS) for early childhood, the event will feature two new publications focused on strengthening the quality and inclusive ECCE for the most marginalized children - Publication 1: Inclusive early childhood Care and education: From commitment to action; Publication 2: Right from the start: build inclusive societies through inclusive early childhood education

This online event, with simultaneous interpretation in English, French, Spanish and international sign, will: 

 • Present the latest data and evidence on international progress towards inclusion in early childhood education

• Highlight the bottlenecks to stronger implementation of inclusive early childhood education programmes across countries

• Highlight strategies to operationalise recommendations and overcome bottlenecks for quality inclusive ECCE through available tools and country examples  

• Feature recommendations and new policy tools for accelerating progress towards inclusion in early childhood education  

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28 June 2021

Save-the-date: GLOBAL LAUNCH EVENT

Evidence is clear: parents and the environment at home are central pillars in supporting children’s health and development. The quality of parenting practices is a key determinant of every child’s ability to develop their cognitive, emotional, and social potential and resilience against adversity.

Register for the global launch event now! 

Watch the recording on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y-SH9cnmRo 

 

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14 June 2021

Playful parenting is a critical way to build children’s brains and give them the best start in life. Frontline workers such as health, education, and social workers are critical to empowering parents to engage in playful and responsive interactions with their young children. But their own knowledge and skills need to be built first.

On June 14, UNICEF, ECDAN, AKF, AKU-IHD and the LEGO Foundation, invite ECD practitioners to join them in a Technical Help Chat focused on building the capacity of frontline workers to deliver playful parenting, using existing training packages such as Care for Child Development (CCD). The Technical Help Chat will delve deeper into how to strengthen the knowledge and skills of various frontline workers and build upon previous webinars on this topic.

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21 - 22 April 2021

The webinar recording and presentation slides will be made available soon. Please check back later.

ARNEC together with UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) is pleased to host the webinar entitled, 'Building Futures: Applying the Early Childhood Development Service Quality Standards for South Asia.'

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This webinar aims to: 

(1) Introduce and provide an overview of the ECD Service Quality Standards and Guidelines, including the planning, implementation, mentoring and monitoring and regulation of these services. 

(2) Encourage countries, especially in South Asia to think about how they can apply these ECD service quality standards given their own contextualized specifications for quality. 

(3) Reinforce how these standards can develop a common understanding of the holistic, integrated and developmentally appropriate nature of quality in ECD among all stakeholders by serving as a common point of reference, which to date has not existed in the South Asian context. 

Prof. Venita Kaul will be making the presentation on the ECD Service Quality Standards. 

Resources speakers:

(1) Dr. Sheldon Shaeffer, Chair, Board of Directors, ARNEC

(2) Ms. Mahmuda Akhter, Executive Director of Institute of Child and Human Development (ICHD) and Vice-Chair of the Executive Board of Bangladesh ECD Network (BEN)

(3) Representatives from countries (To follow)

The following questions shall be explored: 

1. Why is there a need for ECD service quality standards in the South Asia region?

2. What are the ECD service quality standards and who can use them?

3. How can these standards be used? What are the perceptions of stakeholders within countries in the Asia-Pacific Region of the standards – why are these important and how can these standards be applied based on their own context and experiences?  

Moderator: Mita Gupta, Early Childhood Development Specialist and Disability Inclusive Education focal point at the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia.

Click here to view t he full announcement.

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