Early Childhood Education in a Multicultural World

Organizer: UNESCO Chair on International and Multicultural Education of the Moscow Institute of Open Education, in cooperation with the UNITWIN Network

Time and date: 18:30-19:30, Tuesday 28 September 2010

Room: Don

Languages: English, Russian

In the context of accelerating globalization and movements of people across borders, there is an increasing need for taking multicultural approaches to early childhood education where all children’s cultures are valued, respected and shared. The Special Event addresses issues such as:

  • Rationales for multicultural education from early childhood;
  • Early childhood education in favour of intercultural dialogue and building a culture of peace;
  • Social inclusion of children representing different ethnic minorities; and
  • Problems of integration and preservation of ethnic and cultural identity in foreign language environment.

The objective of the Special Event is to present best practices accumulated in Moscow and other megalopolises in fostering multicultural dialogue and cooperation in ECCE. The discussion will be enriched by commentaries from Tamerlan Kambolov, North-Ossetian State Pedagogical University (Russian Federation), Elena Matyakubova, Latvian Society for Russian Culture (Latvia) and Tatiana Potyaeva, UNESCO Associated Schools Project Coordinator (Russian Federation).

Moderators:    Yuri Goryachev, Head of the UNESCO Chair, the Moscow Institute of Open Education

Alisher Umarov, Programme Specialist for Education, UNESCO Moscow

Boris Zhebrovsky, First Deputy Minister of Education, President of the International Pedagogic Club of European Capitals, Ukraine

Michel Vandenbroek, University of Ghent, Belgium

Natalia Gorbacheva, Director of the Resource Center “The Bilingual Child – a Dialogue between Languages and Cultures”, Kindergarten No. 1787 Moscow

Muammer Yildiz, Head of Department of Education of Istanbul, Turkey

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