First International Biennial Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education

When, local time: 
Thursday, 16 February 2017 - 4:00pm to Saturday, 18 February 2017 - 4:25pm
Where: 
Seychelles, Mahé
Type of Event: 
Category 2-Intergovernmental meeting
Contact: 
Rebecca Irani r.irani@unesco.org (communications manager)

The First International Biennial Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) “Building Resilient Early Childhood Care and Education Systems: Lessons of Experience” will be hosted by Seychelles. This country has been recognized by UNESCO International Bureau of Education for its leading role among the ‘General Education Quality Assessment Framework’ (GEQAF) countries in developing relevant programmes and institutionalising the monitoring and evaluation of progress towards its goals of achieving quality ECCE for all.

Proving the importance of ECCE, 18 countries comprising 350 regional and international delegates and local policy makers, educators, caregivers, non-governmental and civil society organisations will attend to share experiences and promote peer learning.

The highlights of the event include:

- Opening remarks by the Vice-President of the Republic of the Seychelles, Mr. Vincent Meriton and the CEO Of the Institute of Early Childhood Development, Mrs. Shirley Choppy
- Ms. Irina Bokova’s video address
- Keynote address by Dr. Mmantsetsa Marope, Director of the IBE-UNESCO
- Launching Seychelles as an IBE-UNESCO Best Practice Hub and signing the Memorandum of Understanding
- A virtual tour of ECCE in Seychelles ‘Sharing of experiences from building the Seychelles ECCE systems’, followed by a high level panel of key providers of ECCE services in Seychelles
- Reflections by Dr. Hamood bin Khalfan Al-Harthi, the President of the IBE-UNESCO Council
- A panel of country leaders of delegations, ‘Key issues to be addressed’
- High-level roundtable, ‘Reflections and sharing of experiences by partners’ (TBC)

Live updates, webinars and expert commentary from the conference will be shared via Dr. Marope and IBE-UNESCO’s Twitter accounts: @IBE_UNESCO and @m_marope, as well as Facebook: @IBEUNESCO.