World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education

Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in Jamaica

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Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in Jamaica

In September 2010, UNESCO is convening the first ever World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education in Moscow, Russian Federation. This event, which was endorsed by UNESCO’s General Conference in October 2009, follows on and completes the series of landmark international education conferences organised by UNESCO in 2008-2009 on inclusive quality education, education for sustainable development, adult learning, and higher education.

A shared vision ran through these four events and equally inspires the upcoming Moscow conference: one of education systems that encourage inclusion, quality learning, flexibility and innovation. They are anchored in the conviction that education is a right, a foundation for development and that learning happens throughout life. The conferences offer a unique global opportunity for broad dialogue on educational priorities, and provide guidance to policy-makers and other stakeholders on paths for transforming education systems. Each conference brings together representatives from UNESCO Member States, UN agencies, multi-and bi-lateral cooperation agencies, civil society organizations, the private sector and academia.

In most cases, preparatory regional conferences addressed specific regional concerns, expectations and proposals to bring to the international arena.

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Quality Education, Equity and Sustainable Development
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