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Dr Lavinia Tiko, USP lecturer and Ms Arti Sing from the Fiji Ministry of Education at the ECCE Forum in Seychelles.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Education (SOEd) was recently represented at two major international conferences - the International Biennial Conference and Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in Seychelles from 21 - 23 February 2019 and the World Forum on Early Care and Education in Macao, China from 8-11 April 2019.

‘Big Data for Small Children: Monitoring Holistic Early Childhood Development’ was the theme at the conference, where world renowned ECD practitioners and experts including Fiji’s Ministry of Education, engaged in dialogue and shared knowledge and expertise. Participants also promoted best-practices around critical issues pertaining to Big Data for small children.

SOEd was represented by its Senior Lecturer Dr Lavinia Tiko. The conference she said, provided participants with noteworthy practices of improving ECD.

“Also, with the Republic of the Seychelles providing a leap forward with an ECD model, housed at the Institute of Early Childhood Development, (IECD) I am sure Pacific Island Countries can do something similar to this,” she said.

Dr Lavinia Tiko, senior lecturer at USP presenting at the World ECD Forum in China.

The conference focused on increasingly prominent and critical areas of data management opportunities and challenges in ECEC, with comprehensive cross-sectoral solutions that include legal, financial, institutional, monitoring and evaluation, health and nutrition, education and social protection framework.

Its key aim was to emphasise the importance of collection, retrieval and management of data to strengthen policy environment and programmes to monitor and improve data management and use for early childhood development.

The biennial conference is the fifth national ECCE biennial conference and was co-convened by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) International Bureau of Education (IBE) and the Seychelles Institute of Early Childhood Development (IECD).

At the international Early Childhood Development (ECD) conference in Macao, China, Dr Tiko also represented the SOEd where early childhood professionals and advocates from around the world assembled to engage in dialogue to impact the future of young children and their families.

In her presentation, Dr Tiko spoke on the importance of the SDGs and how teachers and teacher educators can contribute to and promote life-long learning opportunities to student teachers and young children in educational settings.

According to Dr Tiko, all 17 goals are important in the learning-teaching process and ECEC professional/educators must have the necessary knowledge and skills to deliver these goals.

She further stated that the younger citizens must be holistically educated and grounded with moral values of how to keep the environment safe and clean “as this is our source of life and humanity’s heart-beat”.

More than 800 delegates from 80 countries and a wide range of professionals gathered at the 2019 World Forum.

Other issues discussed in key early childhood matters, included children in conflict settings, reconnecting children with nature, advocating sound national early childhood policies, leading early childhood programmes, recruiting and training early childhood staff, AIDS and young children, play and literacy.

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