ANECD Updates #1
The Ministries of Education and Higher Education, Health and Social Development worked with other concerned partners to develop the National Strategy for Development and Early Childhood Intervention in the State of Palestine for the years 2017-2022 to provide a better opportunity for the survival and development of all Palestinian children of this age group.
American University Medical Center,
48th Middle East Medical Assembly’s roundtable: Children Cannot Wait.
A roundtable discussion on the special needs of children with neuro-developmental disabilities in times of conflict will be held as part of the 48th Middle East Medical Assembly: First Global Conflict Medicine Congress. The event is taking on place in May 2017 at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. The organizing committee includes Dr. Ghassan Issa, director of ANECD. More on: http://mema.aub.edu.lb/register/
The Lancet Series, “Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale”, was launched in Dubai in March 2017. The event gathered MENA Member States, national, and regional ECD stakeholders. It included presenting the latest research on ECD and outlining potential collective next steps for implementation of ECD programming in the region.
More on The Lancet series at the link http://www.thelancet.com/series/ECD2016
At the end of 2016, the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development published a Global Report on Equity and Early Childhood. The report features routes to promoting equity in the post-2015 agenda for sustainable development and promising case studies from around the world, including the Arab Region. The Arab Resource Collective translated this report to Arabic.
You can find the original report in English at the following link:
“Local Responses, Global Advances: Towards Competent Early Childhood Systems,
International Step by Step Association Annual conference
The International Step by Step Association (ISSA) released the March Issue of its newsletter including news on its training, resources, and updates of their board. The Association also announces a call to register and to submit proposals for ISSA Annual Conference taking place in October 2017 in Belgium, “Local Responses, Global Advances: Towards Competent Early Childhood Systems”. You can find more updates on social media through hashtag #ISSAGhent17 and on the site: www.issa2017.net
The Arab Council for Childhood and Development published in February 2017 Issue 29 of Khutwa (Step), a magazine specialized in Early Childhood. In addition to relevant articles, this issue includes an illustrated story for children.
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The ministry of Social Affairs/Higher Council of Childhood launched in March 2017 an online campaign called “Ntebho_Online” highlighting that “the virtual world is as real as real life and that threats online are threats offline”. https://www.facebook.com/NtebhoOnline/