Early Childhood Quality Initiatives: Six Russian regions (World Bank/UNESCO Policy Review)

Organizer:  Tigran Shmis, Research Analyst, Education, World Bank Russian Federation, and Alisher Umarov, Programme Specialist for Education, UNESCO Moscow

Time and date: 13:00-14:00, Wednesday 29 September 2010

Room: Lagoda

Languages: English, Russian

In the past decade, the decentralisation of responsibilities for early childhood services from the federal to the Regions and then to municipal levels has been effected in the Russian Federation. Attention needs to be given to supporting Regions and municipalities in taking on responsibilities fully, that is, not just to focus on increasing access but also to respect the rights of children and basic values of the Constitution concerning their rights to quality services. One of the challenges of decentralization is that often – particularly at lower levels - policy expertise and the framework of accountability disappears.

In 2008, the UNESCO Moscow Office and the World Bank Russia launched a regional policy review on the Quality of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in the Russian Federation. Six pilot regions of the Russian Federation – the Chuvash Republic, Krasnoyarsk Krai, the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Yugra, the City of Moscow, the Republic of Sakha-Yakutia (Yakutia), and Samara Oblast - volunteered to participate in the review and submit comprehensive analyses of quality in their early childhood services. This initiative builds on expertise at regional and local levels.

The objectives of the Special Event are to:

  • Present the findings and recommendations of the review of ECCE quality initiatives in six Russian regions; and
  • Share experiences and observations between experts and practitioners.

Moderators:    Alisher Umarov, Programme Specialist for Education, UNESCO Moscow
Tigran Shmis, Research Analyst, Education, World Bank, Russian Federation

John Bennett, Senior Consultant on ECCE and Visiting Research Fellow of the

Thomas Coram Research Unit, University of London

Lev Kuznetsov, Krasnoyarsk Region

Egor Borisov, Yakutia Region

Natalia Komarova, Kao Region

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