T&T at regional early childhood care development conference
Six Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) officials from the Ministry of Education and the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) joined over one hundred and fifty (150) of their regional counterparts at an Early Childhood Care Development Regional Research Conference in Antigua and Barbuda from February 13th – 15th, 2018. The theme for the conference was “Early Moments Matters.”
The conference hosted by the Government of Antigua & Barbuda, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and UNICEF, provided participants with an opportunity to share their experiences in the sector. It was also an opportunity for the promotion, adoption and expansion of national policies and programmes as well as networking and establishing fruitful relationships among partners.
One highlight of the meeting was the launch of the Caribbean Early Childhood Care Development Good Practice Guide. This document is the brainchild of Early Childhood Coordinators from around the region. The guide was developed drawing on the experiences and lessons learnt by Early Childhood Development Practitioners from across the Region.
Early Childhood Care Development is at the core of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. All participants signed the Jolly Harbour Pledge, promising to expand educational opportunities to children under five yearsold in their respective countries.
Representing Trinidad & Tobago at this conference were Ms. Carol Bhagwandin, Family Community Support Coordinator ECCE Division; Ms. Mary Cuffy ECCE Curriculum Programme Facilitator; Ms. Cheryl Ralph ECCE Administrator/Teacher; Ms. Loraine Eddoo/THA and ECCE teachers, Nadine Phillips and Lystra Walker-Marcelle.