Dubai Cares, a civil society organisation formally associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications, recently participated at the World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) that took place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Hosted by the Republic of Uzbekistan and organised by UNESCO, the World Conference on ECCE aims to reaffirm the right of all children to quality early childhood care and education, by renewing commitment to and investment in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 4.2, which calls for ensuring that “all girls and boys have access to quality Early Childhood Development (ECD), care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education”.
The UAE-based global philanthropic organisation’s participation in the World Conference on ECCE stemmed from its long-standing commitment to promoting ECD as one of the most crucial aspects of children’s holistic development.
Dubai Cares participated in a number of high-level sessions and meetings to highlight its continued efforts to promote ECD. Unveiled on the last day of the event, the Tashkent Declaration on ECCE provides guiding principles and strategies for transformational ECCE based on: providing equitable and inclusive quality ECCE services for all, strengthening the ECCE workforce and extending support to caregivers, enabling innovation to advance transformation and implementing effective and comprehensive polices, governance and finance.
“The World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education represents a historic moment in mobilising collective global efforts towards advancing ECCE, which is one of the most critical aspects of children’s healthy growth and development. The Dubai Declaration on Early Childhood Development serving as one of the building blocks for the Tashkent Declaration on ECCE is a clear reflection of the UAE and Dubai Cares’ commitment to continuously investing in ECD and ECCE as one of the most effective ways to nurture a strong generation that has received the right care and education during early years,”
said Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of Dubai Cares.
Dr. Al Gurg’s interventions included a panel discussion on “Acting Towards a Transformative and Forward-looking ECCE Curriculum for Lifelong Learning” hosted by UNESCO-International Bureau of Education (UNESCO-IBE). Dr. Al Gurg also spoke in a session hosted by BRAC and Plan International on the topic “Alternative Models of ECCE Provision” and joined a high-level session on “Inclusion, Quality and Well-being” hosted by UNICEF in the presence of over 70 ministers of education and 2,400 delegates.
News Source: Emirates News Agency