The partners of the Early Years Regional Alliance share a common vision: a society in which Early Childhood Education and Care stands at the core of its development, where children are prioritized, respected and encouraged.
UNICEF's flagship report The State of the World's Children 2016: A fair chance for every child argues that we have a clear choice to make: Invest in accelerated progress for the children being left behind, or face the consequences of a far more divided and unfair world by 2030.
An equitable approach– one that invests in the most disadvantaged children – is the best way to offer a fair chance for every child.
This digital booklet outlines the very best practices from EU Member States of Integrated approaches to combating poverty and social exclusion. While some of these practices are not directly related to early childhood, many of them are and they offer great insight into effective ways to prevent and identify child poverty and an example from Bulgaria on a social inclusion project - An integrated approach to early childhood development.
Under the Partnership Project with UNICEF, the Early Years Regional Alliance, has developed a rich database of Parenting Resources. These files (downloadable below) recommend articles, websites and training ideas intended to support strong and positive relationships between parents and young children; we expect that they will also support and stimulate a confident home-learning environment.
We hope you find these ideas useful, please read, download and share them freely.
In Brussels Save the Children are seeing this Campaign as an exciting new departure, an opportunity to tackle exclusion and discrimination against children both in Europe and in developing countries. It is specifically targeting and will involve groups of children who are the most discriminated and excluded in a given context: Roma, street children, refugee and migrant children, girls, and children with disabilities.
EYRA loves this UNESCO Advocacy Toolkit for Teachers to provide a Quality Education. It is full of useful tips for teachers on how to lobby governments and influence policy makers. It shows in simple graphics the global crisis in education and the chronic shortage of teachers.
Read, use and download the kit at http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0022/002299/229954e.pdf
Currently, 2 million children are living as refugees or are on the run
in search of safety. UNICEF’s figures show 8 million Syrian children
inside and outside of the country are in need of humanitarian aid.
The first point of the EYRA Manifesto declares a "Positive early
childhood for every child is in the public interest and is a collective
responsibility of all members of society", these films drive home how
much more needs to be done to achieve this goal.
The campaign launched with the first story, Malak and the Boat,
As part of their project, Investing in Children, EYRA member Eurochild has developed this paper Child-centred investment strategy: why the Investment Plan for Europe needs to prioritise children.
Arguing that investment must take a rights-based approach and prioritise children, Eurochild states that child rights are not a maginal issue and that they are the foundation for building resilient, prosperous and inclusive societies. Beyond the moral and legal imperative to protect the human rights of children, there are also robust economic arguments in favour.