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Join us on 24 March 2022, Thursday
16.00-17.35 HRS SINGAPORE (GMT+8) |
11:00-12:35 HRS NAIROBI (GMT+3)

[Webinar] ARNEC x AfECN Knowledge Exchange Event
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Entitled Accelerating Early Childhood Development Outcomes through Strengthened Governance Mechanisms - Experiences from Asia-Pacific and Africa Regions, the webinar series facilitates cross country and cross-regional learning and sharing of experiences related to multi-sectoral coordination mechanisms for ECD in Africa and Asia-Pacific regions. 

The key objectives of the webinar series are:
● Share findings of the landscape analysis on governance and coordination mechanisms for ECD in Asia-Pacific and Africa regions.
● Showcase best practices of multisectoral coordination mechanisms in the region, thus promoting knowledge exchange.

Click here for a copy of the concept note. 

The first webinar was conducted on 8th December 2021 which focused on the results of mapping study on governance and coordination mechanisms for ECD in the Africa region and was well-attended by participants from both regions. 

The second webinar is scheduled on 24th March 2022. 

First part of the second webinar will focus on presenting the findings of the landscape study which looked at the presence of different models of multisectoral mechanisms (Government, Private or Civil society supported networks) that exist in the Asia-Pacific region for addressing the needs of young children in an integrated way. In the second part, a panel discussion will present and discuss examples of multisectoral mechanisms from selected countries. The panel will include two examples from Asia-Pacific region and one from Africa region to present their experiences related to how multi-sectoral coordination mechanisms support quality and comprehensive programming for ECD in the countries.
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Juliana Rasid is a Senior Consultant with Soristic. She is the lead researcher working on the Healthy with KidStart program with partners Early Childhood Development Agency and Prudential in Singapore. Apart from research in early childhood development, Juliana has worked on research in other areas such as philanthropy in Asia. Prior to joining Soristic, she spent 13 years in the Banking industry advising clients on their corporate banking requirements. In her previous role, she covered markets in Southeast Asia including Indonesia and Malaysia which piqued her interest in contributing to the ecosystem to improve lives and empower those in need.  
Pauline is a social sector researcher and impact evaluator who has worked on numerous cross sector projects with local and international funders, charities and businesses. She also developed Social Outcomes Frameworks for organizations to measure impact of their grantees.
Florence Ayisi Quartey is the Ag. Director, Department of Children of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in Ghana. She has an MPHIL in Social Work from the University of Ghana.
Florence has considerable knowledge and experience in child rights issues having worked with the Department of Children and subsequently the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection for the past 17 years till date. She has extensive background in the areas of programming, advocacy, public policy development, capacity development, coordination, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, and research on child rights issues.
Florence played a key role in development of the Ghana Child and Family Welfare and Justice for Children Policies and is currently responsible for the overall coordination for the two policies. She has been working with the UN Systems, Development Partners and NGO for the child protection systems strengthening in Ghana.  Currently coordinating the review of Ghana's Early Childhood Care and Development Policy and is a member of the Interim Board for Early Childhood Network Ghana.
Joy Millan-Maler works as an Early Childhood Development Specialist at UNICEF Pacific in Fiji and oversees ECD programmes across 14 Pacific Island countries. She has over a decade of international work supporting the learning and optimal development of children. She hails from the Philippines where she started her career as a kindergarten teacher, curriculum developer, and school director. In Singapore, she conducted research on children’s cognitive development at the National Institute of Education and helped establish a UNESCO observatory for arts and creativity. She later worked in social investments in Singapore and China, launching start-up ventures in education and healthcare in emerging markets across the region. 
In 2017, Joy joined UNICEF Pacific and facilitated the launch of the landmark Pasifika Call to Action on ECD. She has been supporting the implementation of this action agenda across the Pacific, promoting cross-sectoral coordination and improved investments for young children. 
Joy holds an M.A. in International Education Policy from Harvard University and has an academic background in Developmental Psychology. She is also the proud mother of a 4-year old daughter and is about to give birth to another daughter, which reminds her daily of the many glorious milestones in the earliest years of life.
Syifa Andina has been working in the field of ECD for more than 15 years. She has worked with many development agencies including UNICEF, World Bank, Save The Children and ChildFund and now working as the ECD and Education Program Manager at Plan International Australia while raising her 10-year-old son in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is the founder of the national coalition of 28 civil society organizations across Indonesia with the focus of strengthening policy advocacy related to early childhood care and development (National Coalition on ECCD). She has supported the Government of Indonesia on the establishment Southeast Asia regional research center on ECCE and Parenting (SEAMEO CECCEP) and continues to serve as an advisory board member. Since 2019, she also serves as one of the National Representatives of ARNEC for Indonesia.
Meenakshi Dogra is an Early Childhood Education (ECE) professional. She has worked on various research projects related to ECE, within and outside India. Meenakshi led a multi-state pan India research project on developing Early Learning and Development Standards for children and conducted the review of ECE curriculum across six states, while working with the Centre for Early Childhood Education and Development (CECED), Ambedkar University Delhi. Outside India, she is an international consultant for ECE and has worked with UNICEF Pacific and in Uzbekistan. As a freelance expert, Meenakshi conducts process documentation, baseline evaluation, and training to organisations on ECE. At present, she is the learning co-ordinator supporting ARNEC in convening Learning Group and one of ARNEC’s National Representatives for India. 
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