An international committee of 12 renowned early childhood experts will start preparations on 29 July for the World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education (WCECCE).
The WCECCE, to be held in September 2010, will be the first major global conference dedicated to Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) and targeting policymakers and a follow up to major milestones:
Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) – stipulated that children have rights to optimal development, learning, and protection from birth
Jomtien Declaration on Education for All (1990) – “learning begins at birth”; ECCE as integral part of basic education
Dakar Framework for Action (2000) – defined ECCE as the first of six EFA goals
Education for All Global Monitoring Report on ECCE (2007), which made a compelling case for ECCE, calling for more policy attention and investment in the area.
The 2010 WCECCE will be the fifth of a series of international education conferences organised by UNESCO in 2008-2010. It follows the 48th International Conference on Education: “Inclusive Education: the Way of the Future” (25-28 November 2008, Geneva, Switzerland); the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development: “Moving into the Second Half of the UN Decade” (31 March-2 April 2009, Bonn, Germany); and the World Conference on Higher Education “The New Dynamics of Higher Education” (6-8 July 2009, Paris, France); and CONFINTEA VI (International Conference on Adult Education):“Learning and Living for a Viable Future: the Power of Adult Learning”(1-4 December 2009, Belém, Brazil).