3rd Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Forum on Early Childhood Care and Education, 5-6 June 2018, Kathmandu, Nepal

3rd Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Forum on Early Childhood Care and Education, 5-6 June 2018, Kathmandu, Nepal

Since 2013, the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, UNICEF and ARNEC, with other key partners, have been organizing the Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Forum on ECCE to provide a platform for high-level policy-makers of Asia-Pacific countries to share knowledge and discuss strategies to expand access to, and improve the quality of, comprehensive, integrated, and holistic ECCE. Specifically, the first forum looked at increasing investments in ECCE, and the second forum discussed innovative strategies to improve the equity and quality of ECCE within the region. Following the two regional policy forums, a series of major regional events, such as the annual ARNEC ECD conference and the Pacific ECD conference, took place to further create momentum for increasing access to, and the quality of, ECCE programmes in the region.

UNESCO Bangkok took advantage of this momentum by bringing together ECCE/ECD policy makers in the region to the 3rd Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Forum on ECCE 2018 to discuss possible ways to collaborate across all sectors and reach high-level agreement on sub-regional strategies to expand high-quality ECCE to facilitate the achievement of SDG 4.2.

This year’s forum was convened jointly with the 2018 Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference organized by ARNEC. Under the theme “Towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: what is a successful multi-sectoral approach to ECD?”, the conference analyzed, assessed, and provided case studies on comprehensive, multi-sectoral, and good quality ECD services leading to the holistic development of young children. The Government of Nepal hosted the Third Regional Policy Forum on ECCE and the Regional ECD Conference in order to continue the sharing and exchange of knowledge and experiences among countries and discuss innovative strategies to improve the equity and quality of ECCE within the region.

OBJECTIVE OF THE POLICY FORUM
The objective of the 3rd Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Forum on ECCE is to provide a platform for high-level policy-makers of Asia-Pacific countries to share experiences and lessons learnt in developing and implementing ECCE policies and discuss innovative multi-sectoral approaches to improve the equity and quality of ECCE within the region.

Specific objectives are to:
1. Review the progress of localizing and implementing SDG 4.2 since the Putrajaya Declaration of 2016.
2. Showcase innovative multi-sectoral ECCE initiatives for disadvantaged groups that are cost-effective, scalable and sustainable.
3. Develop draft regional action plan on the operationalization and monitoring of SDG target 4.2.

For further information, please contact  ecce-forum@unesco.org


Resources

Photos Gallery: https://photos.app.goo.gl/oM1rKfU0klqnQ0DX2

Press

Programme & Presentations

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Time

Programme

08:00 –  08:30

Registration

09:00 – 10:10

 

Grand Regal Ballroom

Joint Opening Ceremony of the Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Forum on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) and the 2018 Asia-Pacific Regional Early Childhood Development (ECD) Conference

 

National Anthem of Nepal

 

Inauguration by Right Honourable Prime Minister,

Mr. K.P. Sharma Oli,

Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

 

Chaired by Mr. Giriraj Mani Pokharel,

Honourable Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Government of Nepal

 

Speakers:

  • Dr. Sheldon, Shaeffer Chair, Board of Directors, ARNEC
  • Ms. Jean Gough, Regional Director, UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA)
  • Mr. Shigeru Aoyagi, Regional Director, UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

10:10 – 10:30

Coffee/Tea Break

10:10 – 10:30

Regency Hall

Press Conference (MoEST, UNICEF, UNESCO, ARNEC)

10:30 – 11:30

 

Grand Regal Ballroom

Keynote Address

Implementation Research, Practice and Partnerships: Informing a Multisectoral Approach to ECD

Chair: Dr. Mae Chu Chang, ARNEC Board of Directors

 

Dr. Aisha Yousafzai

Associate Professor of Global Health Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan, School of Public Health

 

11:30 – 12:30

 

Grand Regal Ballroom

Nepal’s Progress and Plans on Early Childhood Development (ECD)

 

Dr. Teertha Raj Dhakal, Joint Secretary

National Planning Commission, Government of Nepal

12:30 – 14:00

Garden Area

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30

 

Crystal Hall

Ministerial roundtable I: Setting the Stage

Co-Chairs:

Hon Giriraj Mani Pokhrel, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Nepal

 

Mr. Shigeru Aoyagi, Regional Director, UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

 

15:30 – 15:45

Coffee/Tea Break

15:45 – 18:00

 

Crystal Hall

Ministerial roundtable II

Co-Chairs:

Mr. Ahmed Shafeeu, Minister of State for Education, Ministry of Education, Maldives

 

Mr. Philippe Cori, Deputy Regional Director, UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA)

 

  • Updates from countries
    • Updates on ECCE status
    • Challenges implementing and monitoring SDG 4.2
    • Best practices in implementing and monitoring SDG 4.2

 

18:45 – 20:30

Grand Regal Ballroom

Welcome dinner by the host country

 

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Time

Programme

09:00 - 09:05

 

Grand Regal Ballroom

Announcements and Reminders for the day

 

Chair: Dr. Margaret Sims, ARNEC Steering Committee Member

09:05 – 10:00

Grand Regal Ballroom

Keynote Address

 

Dr. Pia Britto, Chief and Senior Advisor, Early Childhood Development, UNICEF, New York

10:00 – 10:15

 

Grand Regal Ballroom

Short presentation on China's Poverty alleviation and ECD: From pilot to Policy

 

Mr. Lui Mai, Secretary General, China Development Research Foundation (CDRF)

 

10:15 – 11:00

 

Grand Regal Ballroom

Presentation of the Nurturing Care Framework for early childhood development: A framework for helping children SURVIVE and THRIVE

to TRANSFORM health and human potential

 

Ms. Sheila Manji, Project Consultant

World Health Organization, Geneva

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee/Tea Break

11:15 – 12:45

 

Grand Regal Ballroom

The Regional ECD Conference

Sub-theme 3: Presentation on Early Learning

Chair: Ms. Urmila Sarkar, Regional Education Advisor, UNICEF

Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA)

 

Introductory presentation:

Ms. Ameena Mohamed Didi

Education Specialist and ECD Focal Point

UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA)

 

Presentations from the Region/countries:

 

Mapping of early learning interventions in South Asia (Collaboration between UNICEF-ROSA and ARNEC)

Dr. Emma Pearson

Senior Lecturer, Bishop Grosseteste University, United Kingdom

 

Promoting Evidence-based, Accelerated School Readiness at Scale in Lao PDR: Experiences from Plan International’s LEARN Project

Ms. Jodie Fonseca

LEARN Project Director, Plan International, Laos

 

Experiences of Myanmar in Implementing the East Asia Pacific -

Early Child Development Scales (EAP-ECDS)

Dr. Aye Aye Myint

Rector, Yangon University of Education

 

Moderated Q&A

12:45 – 14:00

Garden Area

Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:30

 

Crystal Hall

Ministerial Roundtable III: Introducing Regional Action Plan

Chair: Ms. Urmila Sarkar, Regional Education Advisor, UNICEF South Asia (ROSA)

14:30 – 15:30

 

Crystal Hall, Senate

 & Balcony Hall

Sub-regional Discussion (breakout session)

 

  • Discussions in sub-regional groups:
    • Central Asia
    • East Asia
    • Pacific
    • Southeast Asia
    • South & West Asia

15:30 – 15:45

Coffee/Tea Break

15:45 – 17:10

Crystal Hall

Ministerial roundtable IV: Adoption of Regional Action Plan

Co Chairs:

Mr. Khaga Raj Baral,  Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Nepal

 

Mr. Shigeru Aoyagi, Regional Director, UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

 

  • Reporting back by sub-regional groups
  • Adoption of Regional Action Plan

17:10 – 17:40

Crystal Hall

Closing Ceremony

 

  • Mr. Philippe Cori, Deputy Regional Director, UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA)
  • Mr. Shigeru Aoyagi, Regional Director, UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education
  • Mr. Khaga Raj Baral,  Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Nepal
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