Early Childhood in Times of Rapid Change

11/10/2016 to 13/10/2016

In Lithuania’s capital city Vilnius, over 300 early childhood experts, practitioners and policy makers met during ISSA 2016 Conference: Early Childhood in Time of Rapid Change.

Over the two and half days in Vilnius, the Conference heard from Keynote speakers including Dr. Nicholas Burnett from the Results for Development Institute, Dr. Lizbeth Goodman of University College Dublin and representative of the Steering Committee involved in the newly released The Lancet series on Early Childhood Development. Alongside these esteemed professionals, ran an incredible 100 concurrent session based on the four conference themes: Meaningful Learning for Children; Meaningful Preparation of the Workforce; Meaningful Support for Families and Meaningful Use of Technologies.

The primary focus for the conference were the emerging trends in Early Childhood Development and how practitioners can be prepared, and prepare the children and families they work with, for a rapidly changing world.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) received significant attention with the focus being drawn to what has been achieved in the field of ECD and recognition of the challenges ahead, which Dr. Nicolas Burnett summed by saying “although we go in the right direction, we speed and specificity”.

Bernadette Daelmans from World Health Organization’s (WHO) Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health in Geneva, Switzerland illustrated how The Lancet series emphasizes the multi-sectoral care of 0-3-year-old children how these years are critically important in terms of nurturing, nutrition, health and welfare.

The concurrent sessions were varied, insightful and educational. Presented by colleagues from some of the 48 countries attending the Conference they dealt with matters such as:

  • “Growing up Together”: a workshops about parents of children with disabilities;
  • Live fast vs. Grow deep –How to support teachers effectively so they can independently respond to the changes taking place around us;
  • Assistive technology for reading interventions for learners with autism and intellectual disability

You can download copies of all the presentations based on the four strands here

PDF Copies the Keynote Presentations are avalaible here.

Interviews and edited highlights are available to watch on  YouTube.

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