UNESCO Chair in Early Childhood Care and Development (821), established in 2008 at the University of Victoria (Canada).


Early childhood care and development.


  • The purpose of the Chair shall be to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in the field of early childhood care and development. It will serve as a means of facilitating collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff of the University and other institutions in Canada and elsewhere in Europe and North America, in Africa, and in other regions of the world.

The main specific objectives of this Chair are:

  • to support the development of poles of excellence for early childhood development in two regions of Africa (West and East);
  • to support the development of early childhood coursework at undergraduate or graduate levels at three African institutions; and
  • to engage African tertiary institutions with early childhood academic, policy and programme leaders in Africa and internationally.

Host Institution

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network



Prof. Alan Pence, UNESCO Chairholder

University of Victoria
Street - P.O. Box 1700 Stn CSC
Province/State - BC V8W 2Y2
Country - Canada