Regional Conference on Right to Education and Early Childhood Education and Development concludes

Karachi, September 17, 2014 (PPI-OT): At the closing day of the Regional Conference on Right to Education and Early Childhood Education and Development: South Asian Perspective at PC Hotel Karachi, September 17th 2014, was begun with the session on Research and Assessment where representatives from ASER (India), Center for Early Childhood Education (India) and Mobile Creches (India) shared their case studies on longitudinal analysis and trends captured at the institutions.

The conference was attended by about one fifty participants including once again by provincial education ministry representatives, practitioners, policy makers, academics, civil society organizations, development partners. The session on Innovations: materials, access and parenting highlighted extremely critical techniques adopted in Nepal as a means of concentrating on childhood development from the critical years.

The second day of the conference convened in terms of drafting of a “KARACHI CONSENSUS STATEMENT for ECED POLICY and IMPLEMENTATION” covering the following conference themes:

Policy and Right to Education, Curriculum and Standards, Teacher Preparation, Assessment and Research and Innovations. These parallel working sessions were moderated by education experts and representatives from all provincial ministries leading to the formation of overarching goals for an overall policy and specific to each theme defined above.

The concluding session was chaired by Dr. FazaullahPechuho, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Sindh who congratulated all the participants on a two day deliberation on the process of highlighting specific needs for each theme and devising a course of action at hand.

The closing ceremony of this conference emphasized on the outcomes of this conference: underscored the critical positioning of ECE/ECED as a cross cutting multi-sectoral goal to meet several indicators in the Post 2015 Development Agenda (Child/Maternal Health/Nutrition/Poverty) and create a South Asian/Asia Pacific learning/research platform for ECE/ECED supported by ARNEC, CECED, SAFED, UNICEF, UNESCO and others to enable collaboration across borders.

This conference brought forward an extremely critical aspect of education policy to begin from the grassroots and brain development of a child and mold it to deal with all gaps at the higher level with an extremely holistic and outcome based outcome.

For more information, contact:
Muhammad Nadim Farooqui
Provincial Coordinator Sindh
Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA)
Bungalow No. F-70, Block No. 8,
KDA, Scheme No. 5, Kehkashan Clifton, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-32006627, +92-21-35295030

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