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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! 

 

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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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10 March 2021

Register now! ARNEC Webinar Series 2, No.3. 

ARNEC is pleased to host the webinar series entitled, 'Nurturing care for young children: seeking solutions for addressing disparities heightened by the impact of COVID-19'.

For this webinar series, the thematic focus will be on health and nutrition, early learning, responsive caregiving, and child safety and security, all of which are dimensions of nurturing care. The series will explore the long-term impact of COVID-19 on these nurturing care components, especially on the most vulnerable groups, and draw out innovations and solutions from the countries as they design and implement their recovery and resiliency plans.

ARNEC aims to mobilise the ECD community in the region, particularly practitioners, policy makers, and advocates at the country level, to share community, local and/or country-level solutions which adapt nurturing care practices and ECD programmes to the current realities and long-term effects of COVID-19.

The third webinar in the series focuses on the status and solutions in promoting responsive caregiving for young children in the Asia-Pacific region during and beyond the pandemic. A special emphasis will also be made on building resilience and the positive bond between caregivers and young children through playful parenting in support of pandemic recovery in the home and community.

The following questions shall be explored:

1.    What are the long-term effects of COVID-19 on responsive caregiving and parenting? 

2.    How do countries and governments strengthen their parenting programs and interventions to respond to the challenges of COVID-19, both short- and long-term?

3.    What evidence have we generated to elevate the role of play to support home-based ECD interventions as part of pandemic recovery and to support policy change?

4.    What have we learned about parenting education interventions during the pandemic and how do we use these experiences to inform recovery strategies and ECD investments?

5.    What evidence-based resources and tools are available to support parents and caregivers as they engage their young children in home-based developmental practices? 

Panellists:

1)Dr Jamie M. Lachman, Department of Social Policy & Intervention, University of Oxford / University of Glasgow

2) Dr. Dipu Shakya Education Specialist, UNICEF Nepal

3) Sandipan Paul, Education Specialist, UNICEF Pacific

Moderator: Shikha Jain, Technical Advisor in Plan India and ARNEC Steering Committee member (Core Team Representative)

View the fulll announcement here!  

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09 March 2021

(1) For East and South East Asia (March 11, 1pm BKK time) - register here 

(2) For South Asia (March 9, 3:30pm BKK time) - register here 

The webinar aims to raise awareness, and provide an opportunity for government officials, development partners, and other education stakeholders, to discuss on the key findings, lessons learned and recommendations from the situation analysis. This will also be an opportunity for exchanges and learning between countries.

UNESCO and UNICEF have commissioned Cambridge Education to undertake this Rapid Situation Analysis from April 2020 to February 2021 with the following objectives:

(a) assess and estimate the various impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic on the education sector and stakeholders in the East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia sub-regions;

(b) examine implications on progress towards SDG4-Education 2030.

Click here to download a copy of the COVID-19 Education Reponse Policy. 

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26 - 28 February 2021

ECCE Council, Malaysia organizes International Virtual Early Childhood Education Conference. 

Early bird registration extended till 15 February 2021! 

For more information on programmes and registration fees, please visit: http://eccecouncil.org/international-virtual-conference/    

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25 February 2021

Join the virtual side event to the 52nd session of the United Nations Statistical Commission. 

For millions of children, the extent to which the world delivers on the promise of the Global Goals will determine the course of their lives – and their lives determine the future of this planet. But five years in and with COVID-19 reversing much progress, are we on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for children? How has COVID-19 changed the world for children?

Launch of the UNICEF SDG data portal and COVID-19 hub. 

Speakers include Chief Statisticians, UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director and UNICEF staff working on child related indicators.

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 9 a.m.–10:30 a.m. (EST) 

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16 February 2021

The importance of quality early childhood education is reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals, as target 4.2 calls for access to quality pre-primary education for all children. To achieve this ambition, one vital solution is to ensure that pre-primary education is systematically integrated into the national cycles of education sector planning and policy implementation.

This webinar, co-organized by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), UNICEF and ECDAN, will provide insights into this innovative approach and launch the global ECE Accelerator Toolkit to support countries with effective planning and implementation of ECE programs. The vision is to engage more countries and partners in this approach, put to use the global toolkit and learn from countries’ ongoing efforts and successes.

Please RSVP to receive information on how to join the webinar. To learn more about the ECE Accelerator Toolkit, please visit: https://www.ece-accelerator.org/. 

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21 - 22 January 2021

Join us as we launch the 2020 ARNEC Connections with the theme Ensuring the well-being of young children amidst environmental risks in the Asia-Pacific region! 

The 2020 edition explores the nexus between ECD and the physical environment, including the environmental risks young children are exposed to in the region.

The hour-long launch will feature insights from experts on the vulnerabilities young children experience under unhealthy environments and changing climates in the region, as well as the multisectoral, holistic approaches required to ensure nurturing and sustainable environments for them.

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Access the recording of the session on ARNEC's YouTube Channel

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11 January 2021

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ARNEC Webinar Series 2, No,2. 

ARNEC is pleased to host the webinar series entitled, 'Nurturing care for young children: seeking solutions for addressing disparities heightened by the impact of COVID-19'.

For this webinar series, the thematic focus will be on health and nutrition, early learning, responsive caregiving, and child safety and security, all of which are dimensions of nurturing care. The series will explore the long-term impact of COVID-19 on these nurturing care components, especially on the most vulnerable groups, and draw out innovations and solutions from the countries as they design and implement their recovery and resiliency plans.

ARNEC aims to mobilise the ECD community in the region, particularly practitioners, policy makers, and advocates at the country level, to share community, local and/or country-level solutions which adapt nurturing care practices and ECD programmes to the current realities and long-term effects of COVID-19.

This second webinar in the series focuses on the status and solutions in promoting health and nutrition for young children in the Asia-Pacific region during and beyond the pandemic.

The following questions shall be explored:

1. What challenges did the delivery of health and nutrition services including maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) face, particularly for the most vulnerable groups of young children, during the pandemic?

2. How are governments and other partners redesigning health and nutrition policies and programs, including prenatal care, wasting, and stunting interventions, and immunisation to address these needs in the context of the pandemic?

3. What have been the successes in providing health and nutrition services amidst the pandemic? How are the needs of the most vulnerable groups being addressed? What challenges remain?

Panellists:

1) Debora Di Dio, Senior Nutrition and Strategy Adviser at the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Secretariat, United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland

2) Katharina Elisabeth Kariippanon, Early Career Researcher, School of Health and Society and Early Start, University of Wollongong, Australia

3) Guan Hongyan, Associate Professor, Department of Integrated Early Childhood Development of Capital Institute of Paediatrics in Beijing, China.

4) Dr. Sujeet Ranjan, Executive Director, Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security (CFNS)

5) Dr. Brian Sriprahastuti, Senior Advisor, Executive Office of the President, Republic of Indonesia

Moderator: Jyoti Dhingra, ARNEC National Representative for India

View the full webinar announcement here.  

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16 December 2020

During the July 2020 webinar organized by UNESCO on “Ensuring the quality of learning and wellbeing for young children in the context of the COVID-19”, HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands proposed that UNESCO convene an innovative dialogue to reflect on common actions, reinforce collaboration, and work together on a Global Partnership Strategy (GPS) for Early Childhood Care Education (ECCE).

As a follow-up — and under the personal leadership of the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education and HRH Princess Laurentien — UNESCO is organizing two dialogues:

1. Technical Session on 16 December 2020 — The dialogue will enable experts to discuss key issues, challenges and actions for ECCE and build a consensus regarding the annotated outline of the ECCE/GPS and its key components.

2. High-level Session on 28 January 2021 — The insights from the technical session and subsequent workshops/ consultations will result in UNESCO along with country partner representatives, producing the draft GPS, which will be presented during the high-level segment.

The Global Partnership Strategy will be finalized and endorsed by the countries and key partners in the course of 2021. An action plan to implement GPS will be developed. It may include information on flagships such as professionalization of ECCE teachers and educators, financial target for ECCE, normative instrument to be adopted, burning issues to be addressed such as Education for Sustainable Development, Artificial intelligence, access to quality learning, intersectoral coordination as well as monitoring and evaluation frameworks

Please click here to register for the session. 

For more information, please visit: https://events.unesco.org/event?id=2719081128&lang=1033 

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14 December 2020

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ARNEC Webinar Series 2, No. 1

ARNEC is pleased to host the webinar series titled,''Nurturing care for young children: seeking solutions for addressing disparities heightened by the impact of COVID-19'. This first webinar in the series focuses on early learning opportunities for young children in the Asia-Pacific region during and beyond the pandemic.

ARNEC aims to mobilise the ECD community in the region, particularly practitioners, policy makers, and advocates at the country level, to share community, local, and/or country-level solutions that adapt nurturing care practices and ECD programmes to the current realities and long-term effects of COVID-19.

The following questions shall be explored:

1. What challenges did the pandemic introduce in the delivery of early learning services, especially for the most vulnerable groups?

2. What are the long-term effects of COVID-19 on early learning opportunities and readiness for school based on experience from other similar crisis situations in the past?

3. What policy changes or developmental interventions are being designed or implemented to support home-, facility-, and institution-based early learning opportunities in the context of pandemic adjustments? 

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09 December 2020

This global webinar will delve into the challenges, emerging research from Kenya, and practical country examples from Mozambique, Tajikistan, and Peru. The webinar will highlight how children with developmental delays and disabilities can have the best chance to not only survive but also thrive.

The speakers of the webinar include Sohee Won (The LEGO Foundation), Bernadette Daelmans [World Health Organization (WHO)], Asma Maladwala [United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)], Amina Abubakar (Aga Khan University, Institute for Human Development), Svetlana Drivdal (PATH), Zarina Kurbonbekova (Aga Khan Foundation, Tajikistan), Maria Elena Ugaz [United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Peru] and Sweta Shah (Aga Khan Foundation).  

Please click here to register. 

Date: 9 December, 2020 

Time: 10PM, Singapore time

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07 - 11 December 2020

ISSA invites you to Join a week of online professional development and community building opportunities! It will start with an inspirational Launch session, reinforcing our sense of community, followed by the Council Meeting. 

The rest of the week includes interactive thematic sessions seeking to stimulate learning and sharing, together with celebration moments and special time slots for getting to know each other - even if online. 

For more information, please visit: https://www.issa.nl/content/issa-connects-week  

Prior registration is required. 

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10 November 2020

SAFECDP has been conducting a series of webinars under the overall generic theme of 'ECD in the times of COVID-19 - A South Asia Perspective'. The third webinar of this series on the theme of "Young Children with Disabilities in the time of Covid-19" will be held on Tuesday, 10 November, 2020 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (Bangladesh Time).

You are invited to join the webinar. Advance registration is required to get access to the webinar. Please click here to register for the webinar. You will get the webinar access link and password as soon as you register. 

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06 October 2020

Join The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and World Vision for a webinar exploring critical connections between climate change and violence against children agendas.

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and World Vision International partnered on the research paper “Ending violence against children while addressing the global climate crisis”, aimed at increasing awareness and attention to addressing these two issues together.

This webinar will present the research findings, discuss connections between climate change and violence against children, and promote conversation on how tackling both issues can contribute to more sustainable impact for children. 

Register now! For more inf ormation on speakers line-up, please visit: https://www.wvi.org/climate-change/ending-violence-against-children-while-addressing-global-climate-crisis

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01 October 2020

UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti will present its seventh Leading Minds Online webinar ‘What the Experts Say - Coronavirus and Children' on Child Health.

What do we know about the virology of children and young people – why do children seem to have special immunity? Usually, children are the first to get any vaccine. Will that happen with a COVID vaccine? What about those who will refuse to vaccinate their children? And what’s been happening to children’s health and immunization in general while the pandemic rages? Because every child deserves answers, we ask the experts the big, burning questions about child health.

Register now! For more information, please visit: https://www.unicef-irc.org/events/covid-19-child-health.html?utm_source=mailchimp&utm_medium=email 

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