High-level technical workshop
The UNICEF Regional Office and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) collaborated to design and conduct a High Level Technical Workshop on Improving Quality in Early Childhood Education in the countries of this region. The meeting was held on the 4-6 June 2012 in Athens, Greece and was attended by about 100 participants, representing a wide range of stakeholders from more than 20 countries. Participants included representatives of national governments, international organizations, national and international civil society organizations and global experts.
The aim of the workshop was two-fold: 1) to share recent research and thinking on the question of quality in early childhood education services, its relationship to equity in education and learning outcomes; and 2) to support participating country teams in defining and planning the implementation of respective country specific quality frameworks.
Presentations from the meeting:
The Global Partnership for Education and the Question of Quality
The revised UK early years foundation stage (Curriculum 0-5)
Teacher quality and training
Mihaela Ionescu, International Step by Step Association (ISSA)
Assessment of child outcomes: Selecting and adapting the right tools
Patricia Karriger, University of California, Berkeley
Quality criteria that cultivate equity and respect for diversity in ECE: Evidence from the 'Elele' project in Elefssina
Anastasia Hadjistefanou-Vafea and Anastasia Houndoumadi, DECET Network and Schedia Centre for Artistic and Pedagogical Training
Bottlenecks and barriers to accessing quality ECE: Monitoring results for equity
Abhiyan Jung Rana, UNICEF NYHQ
Communities of Practice
Liana Ghent, ISSA, and Erin Tanner, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS