Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Forum on ECCE, 19-21 July 2016, Putrajaya, Malaysia

Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Forum on ECCE, 19-21 July 2016, Putrajaya, Malaysia

The second Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Forum on Early Childhood Care and Education took place in Putrajaya, Malaysia from 19-21 July 2016. This second regional policy forum on ECCE built on the momentum created for education in general and ECCE in particular by a series of international fora, including the World Education Forum (Incheon, May 2015), the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit (New York, September 2015) and the Fourth International Conference on Poverty Reduction and Child Development (Beijing, October 2015).

The theme of this policy forum was “The Transformative Power of Early Childhood: Innovations for Inclusivity and Quality”. The SDGs recognize that early childhood development, care and education can help drive the transformation we hope to achieve over the next 15 years. Young children’s holistic development and enhanced learning and the achievement of the SDGs are highly interlinked because the former has a strong multiplier effect which can transform individuals and societies. The policy forum thus aimed to provide a platform for high-level policy makers of Asia and Pacific countries to share experiences and lessons learnt in developing and implementing ECCE policies and discuss innovative strategies to improve the equity and quality of ECCE. 

The Forum was organized by UNESCO, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC). The Forum was hosted by the Government of Malaysia and supported by the financial contributions of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea and the Open Society Foundations.

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


Resources

Programme & Presentations

Day 1: 19 July 2016 (Tuesday)

Day 1
07:30 – 12:30 Pre-Forum Educational Visit
  • Putrajaya Presint 9 (2) Primary School
  • Sekolah Bimbingan Jalinan Kasih (School for Street Children)
  • Aulad Genius Preschool
  • Cahaya Alam Preschool
  • Puspanita PERMATA Childcare Centre
  • PERMATA Kurnia Centre
  • Islamic Teacher Training Institute Preschool (MOE), Bangi
  • Family, Adolescent & Child Research Centre (FACE), Putra University Malaysia
12:30 Lunch (Zest Restaurant & Chinese Restaurant)
14:00 – 14:50
(Ballroom)

Welcome Address

Opening Speech

14:50 – 15:30
(Ballroom)

Keynote Address I

H.E. Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, Patron of PERMATA Programmes

15:30 – 15:50 Coffee Break (Foyer & Tuscany Restaurant)
16:30 -18:30
(Garden 1 & 2)

Ministerial Round-table Discussion I: the Role of the State in ECCE

Chair: Minister of Education, Malaysia
Moderator: Ms Wivina Belmonte
                  Deputy Regional Director, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office

16:30 -18:00

Mini Forum I

Sub-theme 1: (Kuala Lumpur)
Innovations in Policy, Planning, Service Delivery, Monitoring and Evaluation to Reach the Most Marginalized Children

Moderator: Datin Dr. Yasmin Hussein, SEAMEO-SEN

Sub-theme 2: (Selangor)
Innovations in Financing and Partnerships to Increase Investment in ECCE and Improve the Efficient Use of Resources

Moderator: Dr. Mae Chu Chang, ARNEC

  • Dr. Siti Zaliha Reduan, Ministry of Welfare, Women and Family Development, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bustam Kamri, Yayasan Melaka International College
  • Prof. Dr. Frances Lee Moi Fah, HELP University, Malaysia

Sub-theme 3: (Langkawi)
Innovations in Coordination Mechanisms to Promote Holistic Development and Enhanced Learning Outcomes

Moderator: Ms. Shadhana Popatlal, Ministry of Education, Malaysia

Sub-theme 4: (Wisma Putra)
Innovations in Pedagogical Approaches and Human Resource Development to Improve the Quality of ECCE in Various Settings

Moderator: Dato’ Noor Rezan Bt. Bapoo Hashim, Kazanah Nasional

Day 2: 20 July 2016 (Wednesday)

Day 2
08:30 – 09:15
(Ballroom)

Welcome to Day 2

Keynote Address II

   Professor Dr. Sharon Lynn Kagan
   Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy, Co-director      of the National Center for Children and Families Teachers College, Columbia University,      USA

09:15– 10:00
(Ballroom)

Keynote Presentations

Chairperson: Urmila Sarkar, Regional Education Advisor, United Nations Children’s Fund Regional Office for South Asia

Sub-theme 1:
Innovations in Policy, Planning, Service Delivery, Monitoring and Evaluation to Reach the Most Marginalized Children

Dr. Veena Mistry, Former Vice-Chancellor of Navrachna University and Former Pro Vice Chancellor of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, India

Sub-theme 2:
Innovations in Financing and Partnerships to Increase Investment in ECCE and Improve the Efficient Use of Resources

   Professor Dr. Keiichi Ogawa, Kobe University, Japan

10:00 – 10:30

Exhibition Launch (Marble Terrace Area)
   Hon. Dato’ P. Kamalanathan P. Pachanathan
   Deputy Minister of Education I, Malaysia

Coffee Break (Foyer & Tuscany Restaurant)

10:30 – 11:45
(Ballroom)

Keynote Presentations

Chairperson: Ms. Maki Katsumo-Hayashikawa, Chief, Section for Inclusive and Quality Education, UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

Sub-theme 3:

Innovations in Coordination Mechanisms to Promote Holistic Development and Enhanced Learning Outcomes

Professor Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Aminah Ayob, Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia

Sub-theme 4:

Innovations in Pedagogical Approaches and Human Resource Development to Improve the Quality of ECCE in Various Settings

Dr. Emma Pearson, Senior Lecturer in Education Studies, Bishop Grosseteste University, UK

11:45 – 13:00
(Concurrent)

Moderated Panel

Sub-theme 1: (Ballroom 1)

Innovations in Policy, Planning, Service Delivery, Monitoring and Evaluation to Reach the Most Marginalized Children

Facilitator: Dr. Chemba Raghavan, Education Specialist, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office

  • Country Delegates (TBC)
  • Ms. Limia Dewan, Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee
  • Ms. Maki Katsumo-Hayashikawa, UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

Sub-theme 2: (Ballroom 2)

Innovations in Financing and Partnerships to Increase Investment in ECCE and Improve the Efficient Use of Resources

Facilitator: Dr. Mugyeong Moon, Director of the Office of International Research, Korea Institute of Child Care and Education

  • Country Delegates (TBC)
  • Ms. Yuri Belfali, Head of Early Childhood & Schools Division, OECD
  • Prof. Puan Sri Dr. Rohaty Binti Majzub, HELP University, Malaysia
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch (Zest Restaurant & Chinese Restaurant)
14:30 – 16:00
(Concurrent)

Moderated Panel

Sub-theme 3: (Ballroom 1)

Innovations in Coordination Mechanisms to Promote Holistic Development and Enhanced Learning Outcomes

Facilitator: Datin Dr. Ng Soo Boon, Ministry of Education, Malaysia

  • Country Delegates (TBC)
  • Dr. Namhee Woo, President, Korea Institute of Child Care and Education
  • Datuk Dr. Chiam Heng Keng, Board Member, ECCE Council, Malaysia

Sub-theme 4: (Ballroom 2)

Innovations in Pedagogical Approaches and Human Resource Development to Improve the Quality of ECCE in Various Settings

Facilitator: Dr. Mami Umayahara, Chief of Executive Office, UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

  • Country Delegates (TBC)
  • Dr. Maggie Koong, World President, World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (OMEP)
  • Assoc. Prof Dr. Mariani Md. Nor, University of Malaya, Malaysia
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break (Foyer & Tuscany Restaurant)
16:00 – 18:00
(Garden 1 & 2)

Minister Round-table Discussion II (Putrajaya Declaration)

Chair: Minister of Education, Malaysia
Moderator: Dr Gwang-Jo Kim, Director, UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau of Education

16:30 – 18:00
(Concurrent)

Mini Forum II

Sub-theme 1: (Kuala Lumpur)

Innovations in Policy, Planning, Service Delivery, Monitoring and Evaluation to Reach the Most Marginalized Children

Moderator: Datuk Saidatu Akmar, PERMATA Divison, Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia

Sub-theme 2: (Selangor)

Innovations in Financing and Partnerships to Increase Investment in ECCE and Improve the Efficient Use of Resources

Moderator: Dr. Azhar Md. Adnan, President, ECCE Council Malaysia

Sub-theme 3: (Langkawi)

Innovations in Coordination Mechanisms to Promote Holistic Development and Enhanced Learning Outcomes

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Sopia Md. Yassin, NCDRC, Sultan Idris Education University

Sub-theme 4: (Wisma Putra)

Innovations in Pedagogical Approaches and Human Resource Development to Improve the Quality of ECCE in Various Settings

Moderator: Dr. Putri Afzan Maria Zulkifli, KinderKaizen, Malaysia

Day 3: 21 July 2016 (Thursday)

Day 3
08:30 – 10:00
(Ballroom)

Welcome to Day 3

Oral Reports of Ministerial Round-table
Thematic Discussion

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break (Foyer & Tuscany Restaurant)
10:30 – 11:30
(Ballroom)
Putrajaya Declaration
Co-Chairs:
  • Dr Gwang-Jo Kim, Director, UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau of Education
  • Deputy Minister of Education I, Malaysia
11:30 – 12:30
(Ballroom)

Closing Ceremony

Closing Remark

Closing Speech
12:30 Lunch (Zest Restaurant & Chinese Restaurant)