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Early childhood education in focus at Frederick

Some of the children's artwork on display at the conference

Frederick University hosted the second Pancyprian conference of the Cyprus committee of the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (Omep), with international participation, ‘Art, Play and the Child’. The conference was organised by the committee in cooperation with Frederick University and was under the aegis of the education minister.

The committee is a member of the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education, an organisation founded 70 years ago to support and promote the rights of the child with particular emphasis on the right to care and education of children throughout the world regardless of race, sex, religion, nationality or social origin.

The theme and thematic units of the conference emerged from the general idea that the conditions of early childhood education contribute decisively to the shaping of the all-round development of children within a constantly changing social environment.

Notable at the Congress was the presence of Mercedes Mayol Lassalle, Professor of the University of Buenos Aires and Regional Vice President of Omep for Latin America, who in her speech presented Latin American first year education, with a special emphasis on the right to culture and education for all children.  “The first school year is a vital time with value and meaning in itself, and not just preparation time for adulthood,” she said. She stressed that education, play and access to culture are fundamental human rights, so the education system and teachers should put them at the heart of school action in the best interests of the child.

More than 170 delegates attended, among them scholars, researchers, scientists, nursery teachers, first-time educators, special education teachers, psychologists, sociologists, undergraduate and postgraduate students, doctoral candidates and civil workers.

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