Academics urge governments to give ALL children early year's education

Early Childhood academics at Canterbury Christ Church University, who also hold senior positions for the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (OMEP), are urging governments and local authorities across the world to ensure all young children have the right to education in the current migrant crisis.

This year’s annual European Conference was hosted by the University following previous years where it has been held in Moscow and Cork. It focused on The Place of the Child in the 21st Century and delegates from around the world attended to discuss the emotional challenges for migrant children and their families as they learn to integrate in new communities.

The OMEP has issued the Canterbury Resolution which welcomes the continued importance that early childhood education remains within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and highlights the danger of using early childhood education primarily as a preparatory phase for schooling.

Liz Hryniewicz, Faculty Director of the Childhood and Educational Sciences Scheme at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We support the United Nations’ intention that access to early childhood education should be available to all young children, and their recognition that early childhood is a significant period in its own right.

“Early childhood is a time when children begin their lifelong learning about adapting to the changing world around them and making their mark on it; viewing early childhood as a time only to get ‘ready’ for the primary school curriculum is an impoverished view of being human.”

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Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (OMEP)

The World Organisation for Early Childhood Education(OMEP) is an international, non–governmental and non-profit organisation with Consultative Status at the United Nations and UNESCO. It was founded in 1948 to defend and promote the well-being and education of babies and young children from birth to eight.

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Last edited: 05/12/2017 02:31:00