Regional Ministerial Education Conference on “Including All Children in Quality Learning”
10 to 13 December, Istanbul Turkey
The aim of this high-level Conference is to bring all partners together to launch a regional Call for Action to accelerate joint progress to closing the equity gaps in education access and learning and to contribute to the discussions on the post-2015 agenda. The Conference will bring together Ministers of Education and partners to create renewed impetus and greater political commitment towards addressing the challenges impeding inclusion of marginalized children in learning. The Conference will provide the opportunity for the governments to examine and exchange on equity-enhancing initiatives already proven successful in the region and beyond. Click here to download the concept note.
Side event to the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council, 'Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities; examples from Central and Eastern Europe and CIS Region
1 March 2013, Geneva
UNICEF Executive Board Side Event to discuss inclusive education for children with disabilities
6 February 2013, New York
The Regional Office held a side-event to the First UNICEF Executive Board Meeting of 2013, with the theme 'Lunchtime Discussion on Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities; examples from Central and Eastern Europe and CIS Region'. This high-level event was attended by members of the of Executive Board, as well as several CEE/CIS state representatives, UN organizations, civil society and disabled people organizations. The event highlighted the progress made by three countries in the CEE/CIS Region: Armenia, Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia, in advancing the right of all children, but particularly children with disabilities, to quality education. This High-Level Lunchtime Discussion provided an opportunity for three countries to share good practices and lessons learnt, and exchange experiences, and for UNICEF CEE/CIS to continue building on the momentum experienced in the region and contribute to the global dialogue on Inclusive Education, in the context of the Post-2015 consultations on education inequalities.
Regional Education and Early Childhood Education Network Meeting
7-9 June 2012, Athens
An internal UNICEF Education Network Meeting brought together colleagues from 22 countries in the region to discuss key results and consolidate strategies for critical regional initiatives on: advancing inclusive education for out of school children, expanding early childhood education, improving learning outcomes and advocating for improved conditions for teachers.
Partners consultation: Exploring collaboration on education for adolescents and youth
19-20 October 2011, Geneva, Switzerland
The Partners Consultation brought together a small group of partners working to improve education for adolescents and youth in the CEECIS region. The meeting aimed to provide a forum to exchange recent research on adolescent and youth perspectives on education quality, to explore potential partnerships and to stengthen collaboration between partners around post-primary education issues. For more information about the outcomes and substance of the consultation, click here.
27-29 September 2011, Moscow, Russian Federation
The UNICEF Regional Office, in collaboration with UNICEF Russian Federation and the Mosow City Government, held a three-day conference which brought together more than 130 participants, representing 20 countries and dozens of organisations. The conference was organised around themes relevant to inclusive education. Participants and experts shared their experiences regarding: Inclusive education legal frameworks and policy, research and data collection mechanisms, issues related to the definition and classification of children with disabilities, financing options for inclusive education, communication, mobilisation, public awareness and advocacy strategies, and inter-sectoral partnerships. The conference highlighted the need to make visible one of the most marginalised groups of children in the region - children with disabilities - who are often prevented from attending school and becoming active and valued members of society.
Frontline Responders Training on Education in Emergencies - Montenegro
16-20 May 2011, Budva, Montenegro
The UNICEF Regional Office and UNICEF Montenegro organized a second regional training workshop on Education in Emergencies. Teams from 5 countries in Central and South-eastern Europe participated - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo (UNSCR 1244), Montenegro, Romania and Serbia. The aim of the training was to raise awareness about effective education sector stategies to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and to set in motion capacity building initiatives at the country level. For more information, click here.
CEE/CIS and MENA Regional Out of School Children Workshop
5-8 April 2011, Istanbul, Turkey
UNICEF CEE/CIS, UNICEF MENA and UNICEF HQ joined efforts to organize a technical workshop on measuring and monitoring out of school children. This workshop was part of the Global Out of School Children Initiative, which has brought together 25 countries to improve data on out of school children in an effort to accelerate their return to school. For more information, click here.
Frontline Responders Training on Education in Emergencies
8-12 November 2010, Geneva, Switzerland
The UNICEF Regional Office, UNICEF HQ and the Global Education Cluster co-sponsored the first of two regional training workshops on Education in Emergencies in November 2010. Teams from 8 countries participated - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan - with the aim of building the capacity of their countries to organise EiE trainings at national and local levels and ultimately of improving their countries' ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. For more information about training materials, click here.
Estonia Study Tour: Lessons Learnt from PISA 2006
15-16 July 2010, Tallinn, Estonia
The UNICEF Regional Office brought together education teams from across the region for an innovative study tour on learning achievement. The overall purpose of the study tour was to contribute to improving the quality and relevance of basic education in CEE/CIS by learning about the reforms, policies and best practices that have worked in the EU8 countries over the past 15 years, and that have resulted in increased performance in learning outcomes, as measured by PISA 2000, 2003 and 2006. The study tour invited experts from Estonia, Finland, Poland and Slovenia to present and discuss their experiences in education reform with national government and UNICEF colleagues from CEE/CIS countries. For more information, click here.
Embracing Inclusive Approaches for Children and Youth with Special Educational Needs
11-14 July 2010, Riga, Latvia
The UNICEF Regional Office and country offices came together to participate in an international conference entitled Embracing Inclusive Approaches for Children and Youth with Special Educational Need organized by the International Step by Step Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, UNICEF and the Latvian government. The meeting, held on the 11-14 July in Riga, Latvia, brought together practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and NGOs from Europe, Central Asia and North America and beyond to discuss current opportunities and challenges in making early childhood development services and education systems more inclusive. UNICEF contributed many presentations on:
In addition the many parallel sessions provided opportunities for UNICEF specialists to learn from colleagues from the region and exchange good practices in the provision of ECD service and education.
Education and Early Childhood Development Network Meeting 2010
10 July 2010, Riga, Latvia
A half-day internal meeting of ECD and Education Specialists from UNICEF country offices of the CEE/CIS region was held with the threefold purpose of updating them about the RO's activities in ECD and Education, orienting them to the Riga Conference and Tallinn Study Tour, and hearing from them about their priorities and needs for support and technical expertise.
Technical roundtable: A Human Rights Approach to Roma Education
19-20 May 2010, Budapest, Hungary
The UNICEF Regional Office brought together regional partners working to promote inclusive education for Roma children to discuss some of the key technical questions raised by last year's Roma Decade Meeting and strengthen partnerships for future action. To read more about the meeting's outcomes, click here.
11-12 May 2010, Geneva, Switzerland
UNICEF invited a group of partners from across the region to discuss inclusive education and the potential future collaboration. Participants left the meeting enthusiastic and energized for moving the inclusive education agenda forward in the region.
Day 2 - Presentations
Partners consultation - Day 1 - Presentations
Technical roundtable: A human rights-based approach to Roma education
Uniting partners for inclusive education