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Integrating Diversity in Early Childhood Development

The Memorandum of Cooperation was signed by H.E. Christopher Yvon, British Ambassador, Mr. Ibrahim Ibrahimi Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy and Dr. Bertrand Desmoulins, UNICEF Representative.

Skopje, 20 December 2013 – Developing respect for cultural, ethnic and religious diversities in the early years of childhood development is the main goal of the two-year project launched today by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, British Embassy and UNICEF. The Memorandum of Cooperation was signed by H.E. Christopher Yvon, British Ambassador, Mr. Ibrahim Ibrahimi Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy and Dr. Bertrand Desmoulins, UNICEF Representative.

“The early years are critical in constructing children’s understanding of diversity, said UNICEF Representative Dr. Bertrand Desmoulins. “Appreciation and respect for diversity and multiculturalism are among the key values that we need to instill in young children, even more because of the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural nature of the society.”

Aspects of multiculturalism and diversity will be integrated into the national curricula, the inspection framework and help guide monitoring tools which are mandatory for all kindergartens and early childhood development centers across the country. The programme also includes organization of joint activities and events for children and parents from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

“The early years are the crucial period for developing the set of basic skills that young children need to be successful in school, in social relations, at workplace and in the society”, said Mr. Ibrahimi. 

“I am a huge believer in the power of diversity, since the country that I represent is full of examples where we see diversity as an opportunity rather than a risk and as a strength rather than a threat” said the UK Ambassador Yvon.

Recently adopted Child Protection Law (February 2013), sub-laws related to early childhood development and the “Early Learning Development Standards” provide framework for the realization of the project. 

The project is funded by the UK Government represented by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and will be implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy with UNICEF support. 

For further information, please contact:

Irina Ivanovska (02) 3231-150 (ext :107),  072  236 722 or iivanovska@unicef.org

 

 

 
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