Hi everyone! I hope you all had a very wonderful and relaxing summer!
Please allow me to first extend my biggest thanks for your participation and support to our 66th OMEP World Assembly and International Conference. We were joined by delegates of over 46 countries, the first time there has been more international delegates than local. Both the Assembly and Conference were a success, and thank you for making my first year as the President of the World Assembly efficient and effective. I believe you will also join me to give our sincerest gratitude and thanks to the Irish Committee for organizing the event and for doing such a fantastic job in taking care of us. The venue hosting the Assembly was magnificent and the arrangement to meet with the Lord Mayor will be special memories to treasure.
This year, we welcomed three new Preparatory Committees to OMEP: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Myanmar, and Pacific Island Nations. Moreover, the World Assembly was delighted to award OMEP-Cameroon the rights of full National Committee. Taken together, OMEP is now established in almost 70 countries worldwide, and remains as the oldest and largest international organisation promoting the health, well-being, rights and early education of the world’s children from birth to age eight.
I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mrs. Abimbola Are and Dr. Judith Wagner, who were unanimously reelected at the World Assembly as the Regional Vice President for Africa and the Regional Vice President for North America and the Caribbean, respectively. In addition, nine veteran OMEP members were awarded lifetime honorary membership. They are: Colette Durand, Doreen Launder, Francis Douglas, Madeleine Baillargeon, María Victoria Peralta Espinosa, Nóirín Hayes, Nurper Ulkuer, Ofelia Reveco Vergara and Seppo Sauro. Congratulations to you all!
I have more happy news to share. OMEP has just been elected as one of the two international focal points to the Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education for All (CCNGO/EFA) Coordination Group of UNESCO for 2014-2016! Prof. Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson will be our representative at CCNGO/EFA Coordination Group and this will definitely be a very valuable opportunity for OMEP to promote our work and advocacy.
Speaking of advocacy, in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the 66th OMEP World Assembly also called upon the world community, and especially its leaders, to make early childhood an unambiguous priority in both policy and practice and to vigorously protect and promote the rights of all young children, their parents, their teachers and caregivers, and the institutions that serve them at the local, state, and global levels. Please click here for our World Declaration 2014. You may also find our Annual Report 2013 and the PowerPoint presentations at the World Assembly as well as watch the Conference keynote addresses by clicking here.
Soon after the World Assembly and Conference, I and Dr. Nektarios Stellakis, our Regional Vice President for Europe, were invited by OMEP-Bulgaria and went to Sofia to attend a forum and meet with key policymakers. There, we submitted our first appeal letter to the Mayor of Sofia and Chairperson of Children, Youth and Sports Committee for the inclusion of early childhood development in the post-2015 agenda.
If you would like to join our advocacy, you may use our template to communicate with national leaders, urging them to insist that early childhood be included as a visible and unambiguous priority in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is VERY time sensitive since the SDGs will be finalized in September. Please refer to the instructions and send the letter at your earliest convenience.
Once again thank you for joining us at this year’s World Assembly and International Conference. I look forward to seeing you all again next year in Washington DC.
Salvation Army Auditorium,221 East 52nd St. NY, NY
This workshop will demonstrate best practices in the field by NGO’s providing education to some of the most disadvantaged children: the displaced in refugee camps in Jordan; the poor in Jamaica; and under served populations in Ghana. The second part will present the latest information and communication technologies (ICT’s): how to facilitate and support this education (including emergency); and how to improve the quality of training and teaching of educators.
Workshop Co-Sponsors: The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI); The World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP); The NGO Committee on Education; The NGO Committee on Migration; The Psychology Coalition at the UN (PCUN).
What people can expect to learn: “Effective methods of education for disadvantaged children in three distinctive circumstances; with support by the latest information and communication technologies”
For more information, click here.
TO: OMEP National Committees
FROM: Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson
Do members of your national committee have some good ideas for preparing teachers to incorporate Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into their daily work with young children? If so, we invite your national committee to join the next phase of OMEP’s on-going ESD project work. This next phase, recently endorsed by the World Executive Committee, involves the development of ESD teacher education materials designed for students in training institutions, colleges, or universities or for early childhood practitioners in professional development programs – you as someone working close to children within the area of ESD can contribute.
The next phase will be called Development of Teacher Training Resources for Education for Sustainable Development in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Competition: As with the three previous phases, there will be a competition for contributions to this new phase. Winners will receive a travel award to attend the 2015 World Assembly and Conference in Washington, D.C., where they will present their work.
Deadlines: Please note these important deadlines:
October 15, 2014: National Committee Presidents, or their designees, submit a letter of interest to me at Ingrid.Pramling@ped.gu.se
February 1, 2015: Submissions due to me at Ingrid.Pramling@ped.gu.se
Submissions: Submit a brief written description (maximum 3 pages) of engaging, copyright-free activities to help teacher education students and/or practitioners incorporate ESD into their daily work with young children. These activities must include multimedia resources or other engaging materials illustrating good ESD practice in early childhood settings. Multimedia/video resources and other supportive resources may be submitted along with the written description and pictures.
Awards: A group of people will review the submitted examples, and depending on exactly how much money we have available for this and dependent on from where the winners come (the travel cost), about 3 to 5 people will have the possibility to come to Washington DC next July.
Publication and Dissemination: The goal is to distribute as many of the ideas as possible for use by OMEP members and others around the world. During the 2015 conference in Washington, an editorial group will be formed to review the submitted materials and determine how to revise, organize, and augment them for possible publication and distribution by 2016.
We look forward to receiving many good examples!
At the 2014 OMEP World Assembly in Cork, Ireland, representatives from more than 45 national committees agreed to join the world comment by celebrating of the following special days each year on or around the designated dates:
September 21: International Day of Peace (also called World Peace Day): http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/ and http://pathwaystopeace.org/international-day-of-peace/
November 20: Universal Children’s Day http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/universal-childrens-day/
May 28: World Play Day: http://www.itla-toylibraries.org/pages/world_play_day/
World Assembly members also supported the concept of celebrating other special days, such as
June 16: International Day of the African Child: http://www.who.int/pmnch/media/events/2014/african_child/en/
These representatives also agreed to encourage their members to document activities and events marking the special days by posting photos and related stories on their national OMEP websites and by submitting photos and stories for possible inclusion on the World OMEP website.
In further discussion, World Assembly members discussed the importance of integrating activities relating to these special days into the curriculum whenever possible, rather than simply having children and families experience them as once-a-year celebrations.
To view the proposals presented by Deputy World President Dr. Judith Wagner at the World Assembly 2014, please click here.