OECS and UNICEF Supporting Early Childhood Development

OECS and UNICEF Supporting Early Childhood Development

Leveraging support for a multi-integrated approach to Early Childhood Development is the focus of an ongoing series of consultations being held in the OECS as the region seeks to move away from 'silo' operations.

Early Childhood Development (ECD) is a shared responsibility among families, health, education and social services departments. This multi-sectoral partnership is the foundation and rationale for developing an integrated operational framework for the ECD sector, as high-quality early childhood services require strong management and supervision of service delivery.

The OECS Commission’s Education Development Management Unit (EDMU), with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), held a series of two-day consultations from January 15-16 in Antigua and Barbuda and January 18-19 in St Vincent and the Grenadines to discuss the integration – which will focus on service delivery, policies and planning and will serve as a base to support continued provision and coordination of high quality services.  

Outcomes will include:

  • Improved coordination, provision and arrangements of ECD services;
  • Appropriate ECD policies, standards, management practices & programmes;
  • Improved quality and access to ECD services;
  • Improved teacher quality and professional development at the ECD level;
  • Early identification of children at-risk; and
  • Holistic responses to children and family’s needs.

The EDMU plans to continue engaging stakeholders across the sub region to leverage support for an integrated approach – a shift from operating in silos, or standalone services, to a multi sectoral model of service delivery within the ECD sector.

Similar consultations are scheduled to take place in Dominica in May 2018.

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Sisera Simon Head, OECS Education Development Management Unit, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
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Sisera Simon Head, OECS Education Development Management Unit, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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