Emirates News Agency – UNESCO-IBE and Dubai Cares host high-level conference and launch toolkit on early childhood care and education

DUBAI, 27th March 2022 (WAM) – The UNESCO International Bureau of Education (UNESCO-IBE) and Dubai Cares organized a conference on March 24-25, 2022 at the Dubai Cares Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai to conclude their joint project “Building Resilient and Sustainable Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Systems”.

The conference, attended by ministers, curriculum experts and civil society representatives from the countries concerned, presented six resource packs (ECCE series), three of which were jointly prepared with the participating Member States of the project, namely Eswatini, Laos PDR and Cameroon. These resource packs aim to support policy makers, practitioners and inspectors in designing an effective ECEC system.

Speakers at the conference included Al Anood Al Abdool, Deputy Director for Foreign Assistance at the United Arab Emirates Department of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Lady Howard Mabuza, Minister for Education and Training (Eswatini), Guillaume Hawing, Minister for Pre-University Education and Literacy (Guinea) and Künzle Hans Rainer, CEO of the Green Leaves Foundation.

The first set of publications presented includes three general tools that provide a framework for the implementation and governance of effective and inclusive ECCE policies: #01 – Holistic ECCE Curriculum Framework, #02 – Guidelines Guidelines for a Prototype Early Childhood Care and Education System, and No. 03 – Holistic Index of Early Childhood Development (IDDP) Compact.

The second series of publications includes three national documents, including No. 04 – Accreditation Guide for Preschools for children aged 0-3 and 3-6 years, developed in close cooperation with the Republic of Cameroon, n 05 – Quality criteria for children for children from 3 up to 6 years, developed with the Kingdom of Eswatini, and No. 06 – Handbook for Preschool Teachers in PDR Laos. #04 and #05 are administrative resources for the management teams and inspectors of ECCE institutions. These administrative resources comprehensively define the main criteria for being classified as an ECEC institution.

In support of the 2030 Agenda for Education, UNESCO-IBE and Dubai Cares joined forces in 2017 to ensure quality and holistic early childhood education by promoting a functioning, multi-sectoral and integrated system in each country. This partnership aims to strengthen Member States’ capacity to develop, implement and maintain resilient and sustainable ECEC systems to give children a good start in life and opportunities for holistic development.

UNESCO-IBE Director Yao Ydo said: “This final conference provided an opportunity to share lessons learned from the project and to design roadmaps for implementing the results. This exchange was an excellent opportunity to explore the positioning of the early childhood education curriculum in relation to global educational challenges (including 21st Century Skills, Climate Change Education, Citizenship, UNESCO’s Futures of Education, etc.) and to explore future avenues of collaboration between UNESCO and To define IBE and Dubai Cares, particularly as part of the implementation of the Dubai Declaration on Early Childhood Development.”

CEO and Vice President of Dubai Cares, Dr Sustainability and Success of Quality ECEC Services to Accelerate ECEC Service Scale-up and Increase Overall Allocation of Funds.”

Al Gurg added, “This conference represents an important milestone in our partnership with UNESCO-IBE as it provided much-needed guidance and support for the effective implementation of education and protection systems.” Early childhood development has always been one of the Priorities of Dubai Cares, Dubai Cares has launched the Dubai Declaration on Early Childhood Development with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the international cooperation of the United Arab Emirates and UNICEF to demonstrate the global commitment to promoting early childhood and providing the best possible start in life for children to affirm all children. especially those who are particularly excluded.”

Translated by: Gihane Fawzi.

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