Early Childhood Education Innovators: Share Your Practices! Open Call for Applications
UNESCO and partners are seeking the input of Asia-Pacific educators to help develop the region’s most precious resource: entries are now being accepted for innovative teaching practices in early childhood care and education (ECCE).
UNESCO, UNICEF, the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC), and OMEP (World Organization for Early Childhood Education) issued the call for submissions following the recent “Regional Experts Meeting for the Documentation of Innovative and Effective Pedagogical Approaches and Tools in Early Childhood Care and Education” held on 26-27 August in Bangkok.
(For more on that meeting, visit: www.unescobkk.org/news/article/regional-experts-meeting-in-innovation-in-early-childhood-care-and-education/)
Partners aim to gather the most innovative ECCE practices in teaching and learning from throughout Asia-Pacific to create online multimedia resources of best practices that can be shared throughout the region.
The beneficiaries will be the children of Asia-Pacific, whose needs are currently not being met due to ECCE ranking low among countries’ educational priorities. The fact that the Education for All goal to promote ECCE was one of the most neglected of the EFA targets points to the critical need for solutions to come from the ground up – by promoting and sharing the successful and innovative approaches that are already working in schools throughout Asia-Pacific.
ECCE is a pathway to inclusiveness and social equity in education; UNESCO and partners aim to harness that power by sharing innovative practices. To that end, the open call for submissions asks:
- Are you or your organisation implementing interesting, innovative approaches in teaching and learning that benefit young children?
- Do you know of other such programmes or sites that have such innovative, best practices?
- Are you committed to advancing the principles of inclusion and equity in your work with young children and families?
If so, please share your practices and join the discussion to learn about other innovative best practices in ECCE from throughout the region.
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Submissions will be accepted until 10 October, 2015, after which the practices that best exemplify the stated criteria will be documented to serve as the basis for an online guidebook for ECCE practitioners on integrating innovative pedagogies into pre-primary teaching and learning. Collected practices will also be showcased to policy-makers at the Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in May, 2016.