OECS Early Childhood Professionals Meet in Antigua

PRESS RELEASE:-Two dozen industry professionals are presently involved in the Annual Meeting of Early Childhood Coordinators, Education Officers, Directors and Leaders at the Trade Winds Hotel in Antigua and Barbuda.

The three-day workshop (Tuesday 12th to Thursday 15th September) is being hosted and facilitated by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Eastern Caribbean, under the theme of Improving Access to Quality Early Childhood Development Services for All Children.

During the course of the meeting, colleagues are sharing best practice, as well as annual reports and work plans for the next year. Updates on various initiatives are being introduced by individuals and agencies, including consultant, Dr. Tristi Nichols; Dr. Sheron Burns of the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill); Sharon Nightingale of the Child Care Board, Barbados; Ms. Sisera Simon of the OECS Education Development Management Unit; and Ms. Paula Trotter of the Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children. Ms. Shelly-Ann Harper of UNICEF Eastern Caribbean is presenting on Protection in Early Childhood.

On the final day of the forum, industry professionals from 12 territories and four regional agencies will visit a number of Antiguan Early Childhood Centres.

Established in 2012, FDCC envisions a Caribbean where children from all socio-economic backgrounds have equal opportunities to reach their maximum potential. Towards enabling that vision, FDCC works closely with the OECS Commission, UNICEF and other regional agencies, with a principal emphasis on advocacy and education. FDCC hopes to enhance its programming and increase the level of collaboration with other stakeholders as a result of its participation in, and contribution to, this workshop.

Saint Lucia, who hosted in 2015, are being represented by Agnes Prince, Director of Daycare Services in the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development.

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