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What are Special Events?

Special Events serve as platforms for exchange of information, experiences and good practices concerning Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in addition to the various sessions scheduled within the Official Conference Programme. These one-hour events are to contribute to achieving the main Conference objectives as well as to address one or more of the main Conference themes.

Main Conference objectives are:
• Affirmation of ECCE as right and its development relevance
• Stock-taking of progress in the Education for All Goal 1 on ECCE
• Identification of binding constraints in making further progress
• Establishment of benchmarks and targets for ECCE to work toward
• Identification of key enablers for reaching the established targets
• Promotion of global exchange of good practices in ECCE

Main Conference themes are:
• ECCE as development imperative
• Global state of the art in ECCE
• Policy, finance, legal and institutional frameworks for scaling up ECCE
• Quality and responsiveness of ECCE
• Exclusion and marginalisation in ECCE
• Monitoring and evaluation of ECCE at national and international levels

To learn about sub-themes to be addressed under each of the main Conference themes, please view the provisional Conference programme. Participants of the Special Events are those already invited to the Conference.

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When and where will Special Events take place?

The Conference will host up to 16 Special Events on the following dates and time (i.e. up to 8 Special Events per day) in designated rooms at the Conference venue:

  • Tuesday, 28 September 2010, 18:30-19:30
  • Wednesday, 29 September 2010, 13:00-14:00
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Who can propose Special Events?

Special Events can be proposed by governments, non-governmental and civil society organisations, the private sector, academic and research institutions, UN agencies and other international organisations. More than one institution can propose Special Events.

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Is there any cost for organisers of Special Events?

Organisers of Special Events are provided with basic provision (i.e. rooms, powerpoint presentation equipment, support from technicians, microphones, drinking water). They are required to cover any other costs of the organisation, such as handouts and refreshments for participants. Upon request, English and French interpretation can be provided free of charge; for other languages, the Conference Secretariat will assess the availability of free interpretation service and inform organisers if they need to cover the cost of interpretation in languages other than English and French.

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What are criteria and process for selection of Special Events?

Selection criteria include the following:

• Proposed Special Events contribute to and complement the main Conference objectives and themes;
• Proposed Special Events have international or regional scope;
• Proposed Special Events treat cutting-edge initiatives in policy, practice and research; and
• Proposals are clearly presented and articulated.

Due to limited capacity of the Conference, preference will be given to proposals that suggest moderators and speakers who are already invited to the Conference. Selection will be made by the Conference Secretariat in consultation with the Expert Committee established for the Conference.

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When will selected Special Events be announced?

The announcement about selected Special Events will be made by Monday 16 August  2010 by the Conference Secretariat.

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How to apply for Special Events?

On-line Application Form

The deadline for application is Monday, 10 August 2010. Applicants who have been selected will be informed by 16 August.

Special Events

Special Events are platforms for exchange of information, experiences and good practices concerning Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in addition to the various sessions scheduled within the Official Conference Programme. These one-hour events are to contribute to achieving the main Conference objectives as well as to address one or more of the main Conference themes. There are a total of 15 Special Events, organized by various institutions. Click here to access to full presentations

18:30-19:30, Tuesday 28 September 2010

13:00-14:00, Wednesday 29 September 2010

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