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Democratic Practices in Education: Major International Conference

UNICEF Regional Director Maria Calivis at the ISSA conference in Budapest.

BUDAPEST, Hungary - October 10, 2008

To explore how education for active citizenship helps children learn democratic values, 350 early childhood practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and NGO activists from more than 70 countries from Europe and around the world met in Budapest, Hungary 9-12 October 2008, at the international conference Active Citizenship: Democratic Practices in Education.

This event was a meeting of networks, hosted by the International Step by Step Association (ISSA), a leading network of earluy childhood development professionals and organisations primarily from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Through the event, ISSA and other key international organisations involved such as UNICEF, the World Forum Foundation, the Open Society Institute, Children in Europe, the Roma Education Fund, Early Years, and the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Education not only contributed to the development and promotion of democratic practices in education but further strengthened international partnerships to support quality education for all.



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