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April 2009: "Early Childhood Education in Contexts of Racial and Ethnic Divisions Conference", Wednesday 29 April 2009, Ghent University, Belgium
The conference will consist of three to four round table discussions with the experts on common strands about delivering programs of early childhood education in contexts of ethnic division. The experts will meet two days prior to the conference to discuss these strands and will continue their discussion with the audience. Consequently, there will be no programm with distinct individual key-note speeches. Rather, participants will be able to follow in-depth discussions and participate in them.

Invited experts at the round tables include: Ileana Seda-Santana (Universidad Autonoma de Mexico), Michel Vandenbroeck (Ghent University, Belgium), Zvi Bekerman (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), John Bennett (consultant for UNICEF/OSI/REF), Karina Davis (University of Melbourne, Australia), Khaled El Andaloussi (Universite Mohamed V, Morocco), Silvia Helena Koller (Universidad Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), Mugyeong Moon (Korea Institute of Child Care and Education), Rebeca Puche (Universidad del Valle, Colombia), Rita Swinnen (Bernard van Leer Foundation) and Zorica Trikic (International Step by Step Association, Serbia).

October 2008: " Children's Rights and Ethnic Diversity – A Cross-National Collaborative Seminar", Thursday 23 October 2008, Fairview Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

This one-day seminar is being co-chaired by JLICED Steering Committee members Mrs. Mercy Musomi, Executive Director, Girl Child Network and Dr. Beth Blue Swadener, Professor of Early Childhood Education at Arizona State University (USA). Other members of the Committee will also be participating in the seminar as well. The seminar is particularly interested in encouraging future collaboration between early childhood researchers from the JLICED and Kenyan scholars, NGO and civil leaders concerned about impacts of ethnic diversity on young children. The seminar will therefore be organized to enable participants to share their respective experiences, perspectives and expertise.

Participation in the seminar is by invitation-only. For more information on the seminar and/or if you wish to attend please contact Mrs Mercy Musomi at: mercymusomi@yahoo.com

A full report on the seminar will appear here in due course.

April 2008: "Children and Ethnic Diversity: Challenges for Research and Practice" One-Day Conference, Thursday 10 April 2008, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Download Flyer for the Seminar (PDF File, 63KB)



Introduction (PDF, 112KB) (Paul Connolly)

Children’s Rights, Voices, and Protection: Cross-National Policy Frameworks and Initiatives in Kenya (PDF, 1.31MB) (Mercy Musomi and Beth Swadener)

Consequences of Ethnic Divisions and Programs to Promote Respect (PDF, 217KB) (Frances Aboud)

Ethnic Diversity in Diverse Early Childhood Contexts: Researching Complexity Within and Across Borders (PDF, 283KB) (Glenda MacNaughton and Sri Marpinjun)

The Need for Early Childhood Care and Education: Why? (PDF, 598KB) (Ileana Seda-Santana and Michel Vandenbroeck)

Developing Positive Attitudes in Young Children – A Respecting Approach (PDF, 268KB) (Siobhan Fitzpatrick and Marta Arango)

The Third Space – Developing a Responsive Civic Landscape (Beyond the Evidence Towards Sustained Change) (Jacqueline Hayden)

JLICED: The Next Steps (PDF, 109KB) (Paul Connolly)

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