Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood
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2017 Conference Programme

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Keynote Address/Key Opening and Closing remarks:

Welcome by Dr. Sheldon Shaeffer, Chair ARNEC Board of Directors

Professor Frank Oberklaid : Laying the foundations for a healthy and prosperous society: Investing in early childhood development

Dr. Emily Vargas-BaronHow can early childhood policies help to achieve service equity and quality? - UPDATED

Dr. Manzoor Ahmed: Structural Challenges to Ensuring Inclusion and Equity in Holistic ECD

Prof. Venita Kaul: Monitoring ECD Quality Outcomes: Need and way forward

Closing remarks by H.E. Dr Hang Chuon Naron

Day 1
Session Title: Holistic approach to ECD: Some programme practices in the Asia-Pacific Region 
Mr. Oulath Saengouthay (ChildFund International, Laos) Holistic Approach to Improved Early Childhood Development in Northern Laos Session Title: Providing ECD access to the most marginalized young children

Session Title: Providing ECD access to the most marginalized young children

Mr. Sarang Out (Save the Children, Cambodia) Challenges and opportunities for deprived children in flooded and floating communities to access ECCD services
Dr. Eva Chen (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology , Hong Kong) Closing the Gap: Supporting Ethnic Minority Children and Caregivers in Hong Kong
Ms. Nilda Delgado (MindHaven School, Inc., Philippines) Demystifying the Diagnosis: An Inclusive School’s Approach in improving the Socio-Emotional Skills of Children with Disabilities
Mr. Filip Lenaerts (VVOB Vietnam) Addressing children’s barriers to learning and participation through well-being and involvement in preschools in disadvantaged, ethnically diverse districts in Vietnam Addressing health and child protection needs in ECD

Session Title: Addressing health and child protection needs in ECD

Mr. Sopheak Noun (ChildFund International, Cambodia) Community Based Child Protection Mechanisms Project
Ms. Jessica Chlaudia (Wahana Visi, Indonesia) Pawis Hilir: the journey to becoming a child/ECD friendly village
Ms. Sara Dang (Save the Children) Adversity and early childhood in post-earthquake in Nepal: examining the relationship between cumulative adversity and children’s holistic development

Session Title: Data analysis and policy support for effective ECD
Dr. Romona Gananathan (Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development,
OISE/University of Toronto, Canada) Evaluating Early Childhood Policy Frameworks
Mr. Jan Berkes (German Institute for Economic Research - DIW Berlin, Germany)
Combining Supply and Demand-side Interventions: Evidence from a vast Early Childcare programme in Cambodia

Day 2
Session Title: Policies and programmes addressing the holistic nature of ECD
Dr. Eunhye Park, Professor Department of Early Childhood Education, Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, Korea Different Problems and Same Theme: Policies addressing holistic nature of ECD
IECD in Viet Nam 2017-2021
From Policy to Practice Prof. Muhammad Rafique Tahir Joint Educational Advisor, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Trainings, Pakistan Holistic ECD in Pakistan

Session Title: Orientation on the East Asia-Pacific Early Child Development Scales (EAP-ECDS)
Dr.Yvonne Becher; Dr. Diana Lee.Orientation on the East Asia-Pacific Early Child Development Scales (EAP-ECDS)

Session Title: ECD Noteworthy Practices and Initiatives
Ms. Evelyn D. Santiago ARNEC Ms. Kyungah Bang UNESCO Bangkok Effective Pedagogical Approaches in ECCE in the Asia-Pacific Region: A resource pack
Ms. Sara Dang; Ms. Marianne O'Grady Save the Children IDELA Cross-country report
Ms. Evelyn D. Santiago Executive Director, ARNEC The Global Compact Initiative for Early Childhood Development (An initiative in partnership with New York Academy of Sciences)

Session Title: Multi-sectoral collaboration for ECD 
Ms. Maria Johanna Pia Ortiz-Luis Cartwheel Foundation, Philippines Building the Child’s Resilience through Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration in Education and Health
Ms. Manjula Sandamali Rajapaksha Pathirage ChildFund International, Sri Lanka Conducive Environment to Achieve Proper Growth and Development for Infants and Young Children– “Lead Mothers as Agent of Change”
Mr. Sopheak Noun ChildFund International, Cambodia Community Led Child Nutrition Project

Session Title: Equitable access to ECD
Dr. Ben Richards The University of Hong Kong Why should we focus on equitable access and participation? Evidence from the East Asia-Pacific Early Child Development Scales
Ms. Romi Laskin The Life Skills Development Foundation, Thailand Promoting Holistic Child Development in Remote Indigenous Communities on the Thailand-Myanmar Border: Collaborating with Community Stakeholders and Government Partners to Maximize Impact

Session Title: Getting children ready for school
Ms. Madhu Rajbhandari Munankami Setogurans Child Development Service School Readiness of Children in Nepal: Issues, Efforts and Results
Dr. Zeenat Janmohamed George Brown College, Canada Integrating early education and care with primary education -Schools at the Centre: Lessons from Ontario’s Full Day Kindergarten Programmes
Ms. Patricia Young Child to Child, United Kongdom,Getting Ready for School: A Child to Child approach.
Dr. Arnaud Laillou UNICEF, Cambodia Early Child Development in 6 districts of Cambodia – challenges for appropriate growth: 2016 data

Day 3
Panel Session: Mother tongue-based multilingual education (MTB-MLE) in early years
Dr. Sheldon Shaeffer, Chair ARNEC Board of Directors, The importance of mother tongue in Early Childhood Development
Dr. Lava Deo Awasthi Chief Nepal Language Commission Mother tongue based ECD: A Case of Nepal
H.E. Prak Kosal Director of ECED, MoEYS Cambodia The Introduction of Multilingual Preschool Education in North-East of Cambodia
Undersecretary Dina Ocampo Mother tongue based Multilingual Education in the Philippines

Session Title: Improving learning outcomes for young children

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