Young children in crisis: addressing the impact of COVID-19, climate change, and environmental degradation
Dates: 5 – 8 July 2022
Language: English
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This ARNEC conference aims to bring about strong awareness among policy makers and practitioners of the substantial threats young children are facing due to the multiple crises affecting them, i.e., COVID-19, climate change and environmental degradation. The conference provides a platform to generate opportunities in the region around cross-sectoral and cross-country collaboration to strengthen ECD programmes as a whole and highlight context-specific ECD and multisectoral responses to localised impacts on young children and their communities.

The Conference aims to:

· Raise awareness among policy makers and practitioners of the compounding impact of the crises of COVID-19, climate change and environmental degradation on the family wellbeing and young children’s development and learning across the lifespan.
· Strengthen advocacy efforts within the region on how ECD policies, programs, and services can be strengthened to respond to these three crises affecting young children and their families;
· Share knowledge, tools and innovative practices developed at the national, sub-national and community level to promote nurturing care in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and environmental degradation affecting young children’s development; and
· Strengthen multi-sectoral partnerships and ECD investments among existing and potential stakeholders, amidst these multiple crises, to create nurturing and sustainable environments for young children.

Conference sub-themes

The conference sub-themes provide opportunities for presenters and participants to share evidence, policies, strategies, tools, and practical solutions that, in the context of the crises described above, can increase greater understanding and commitment to a more resilient ECD system in support of more nurturing and sustainable environments for young children.

· Subtheme 1: ECD and COVID-19
· Subtheme 2: ECD and climate change
· Subtheme 3: ECD and environmental degradation (outdoor and indoor air pollution, exposure to harmful toxins, lack of clean and protective play and recreational spaces for children)

Conference format

The conference will be held virtually from July 5-8, 2022. It consists of half-day and full day sessions.

The Conference will have a combination of:
· Remarks from Ministers and/or Senior Government officials
· Plenary sessions with keynote speakers/resource persons covering the conference theme and sub-themes.
· Panel discussions (webinar-type) with regional experts and country representatives
· Workshops and virtual field visits

ARNEC will not be issuing a call for papers or scheduling paper/poster presentations for this virtual conference.

Conference fees

ARNEC provides different registration options as follows:

· 2-Day Pass (Day 1 & 2 only)
Early bird rate (till 15 June 2022) : USD 90/pax
Regular rate (from 16 June 2022) : USD100/pax

· 4-Day Full Conference Pass
Early bird rate (till 15 June 2022) : USD 150/pax
Regular rate (from 16 June 2022) : USD180/pax
Group Registration for 4-Day Full Conference Pass (Minimum of 5 pax for group registration)
Early bird rate (till 15 June 2022) : USD 690/group
Regular rate (from 16 June 2022) : USD 840/group

ONLY online payment is supported on the registration platform (link below). If you would like to make a telegraphic transfer, please send an e-mail to secretariat@arnec.net.

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