The early years fellowship:  Building the next generation of leaders in early childhood
Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 9:30-11 am EST  Link to Register

The World Bank receives a lot of questions about how they support early childhood development. To address this they launched this webinar series, describing how they work with countries to improve opportunities for young children, as well as their initiatives to build capacity and share knowledge across countries and partners. Each webinar included time for substantive discussion. The first webinar was held on 10 February 2021.

In the fourth session, WHO described the Early years fellowship, a program to build capacity within countries on ECD and to identify and support the next generation of leaders in early childhood.  These young professionals are having an incredible impact on the World Bank’s capacity to engage in early childhood across health, nutrition, education and social protection.

First, Melissa Kelly, Early years fellowship coordinator, shared an overview of how the program works with 25 fellows to support 34 countries and how WHO supports their professional development. Next, participants had the opportunity to hear from some of the fellows about how their efforts have contributed to improved early childhood policies and services in their countries.

There was substantial time for discussion with the fellows.