Co-Hosted with the Government of Kenya.
Why Early Childhood Development Matters:
Globally, 250 million (43%) children from low & middle-income countries are at risk of not achieving their developmental potential as a result of cognitive and social-emotional deficits from stunting and poverty in early childhood. For Africa, 66% of children under 5 are developmentally off track. Reducing poverty and stunting is a priority for enhancing the environments of young children to ensure they survive and thrive through adulthood to become productive members of society able to contribute to the growth and well-being of their communities.
We now know that young children require nurturing environments composed of good health, adequate nutrition, responsive caregiving, opportunities for early learning, safety and protection in order to survive, thrive and transform their communities. Nurturing care in the early years lays the foundation for optimal growth and development, ensuring improved health, educational and economic well-being through adulthood.
For Africa, achievement of the SDGs 2030 and African Union Commission Agenda 2063 cannot be completed without translating early childhood development research, policies and plans into actions at scale.
Join us at the International Early Childhood Development (ECD) Conference – The Africa We Want: A Better Future Now to provide a platform for knowledge exchange and skills development with a strong focus on strengthening partnerships and building new collaborations to scale best practices in ECD that are culturally and contextually relevant for Africa now and the Africa we want by 2063.
The Conference aims to provide a platform for knowledge exchange and skills development with a strong focus on strengthening partnerships and new collaborations to scale best practices in ECD that are culturally and contextually relevant for Africa now and the Africa we want by 2063.
The conference aims to:
To launch continental and regional frameworks to strengthen advocacy for holistic approaches to ECD. This includes, The Nurturing Care Framework and African Union Commission’s Early Childhood Education and Development Cluster roadmap.
Champion and provide evidence for enhanced policy and programme development.
Promote effective practices in improving child outcomes.
Enhance skills development for tackling the challenges facing the wellbeing of African children and communities.
Strengthen networks and partnerships for effective collaboration of stakeholders across sectors and regions.
16th October 2018
• Organizational Capacity Development
• Implementation Research
• Responsive Care Giving
• Creating Child Centered Classrooms
• Leadership Development
17th October 2018
Day 1 of the conference will focus on nurturing care and will feature the launch of the Nurturing Care Framework to strengthen global and regional advocacy for holistic approaches to ECD.
18th October 2018
Day 2 of the conference will focus on opportunities for early learning, security and safety. It will feature the launch of the road map of the African Union Commission Early Childhood Education and Development Cluster that aims to support achievement of the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-25).
19th October 2018
Day 3 will converge all of the topics through conversations about data, partnerships and financing in early childhood development programming.
For more information about The AfECN International Conference on Early Childhood Development please contact us:
Africa Early Childhood Network
Karen Office Park, Hemingways Block. Room 4,
P. O. Box 24780 – 00502 Karen, Nairobi.