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OMEP UK students work with OMEP Nigeria to improve outcomes

By Matt Smith, membership secretary:

OMEP UK and OMEP Nigeria have been working collaboratively with a group of Third Year Primary Education students at Canterbury Christ Church University to produce a booklet to support unqualified practitioners in Nigeria. Nigeria is currently facing a recruitment crises, with many early years professionals being asked to enter the profession, and deliver a prescribed curriculum, without formal qualification. The booklet aims at offering lesson ideas, activities and pedagogical advice aimed specifically at Nigerian provisions. All activities and lessons are aimed at ‘low cost or no cost’, so that they can be widely distributed. The hope is to publish and distribute this to hundreds of early years settings across Nigeria. 

Students have been fundraising too, in order to pay for materials to be printed. Does this sound like something you could do? Get in touch! A fantastic experience to support children’s development as well as practitioners!


Student sponsorship opportunity to attend the 71st World Assembly and Conference in Panama 2019!

All students with a keen interest in children and the future of childhood are invited to apply for sponsorship (up to £1400) to attend the 71st World Organisation for Early Childhood (OMEP) World Conference in Panama! If you are successful, this will also allow you to observe the World Congress and World Assembly proceedings as one of the UK’s official observers before the conference begins. The World Congress is 22nd-23rd July, with the International Conference being held from the 24th-26th July 2019.

Students who are interested in applying for sponsorship must submit to a written application of no more than 1000 words, detailing the following:

– why they would like the opportunity to attend the World Conference, 
– how the conference will support their own personal and professional development, with focus on key themes of the conference, 
– their understanding around the World Organisation for Early Childhood (OMEP)’s work and responsibilities, 
– what they can offer OMEP UK following the conference.

The closing date to receive written applications is Saturday 23rd February 2019. These should be emailed to ukomep@gmail.com with the subject heading ‘Panama sponsorship application’.

Students should be able to provide confirmation of their student status if requested. Students must also be a member of OMEP UK at the point of applying for sponsorship. This currently costs £15, and you can find details on our website www.omep.org.uk.  

Once the closing date for receiving written applications has passed, the OMEP UK committee will shortlist. Following this, shortlisted candidates will be invited to a Skype interview with two members of the Committee. Final decisions will then be made shortly afterwards.

Successful candidates will be required to arrange their own vaccinations, transport, accommodation and conference fees, which OMEP UK will reimburse to the sum of up to £1,400. UK members are also attending the conference so there may be opportunity to travel together or stay in close proximity to other members or students attending.

For more information about the conference, please visit https://omeppanama.com/en/. For questions related to your application, please email us using the email address provided above.


We look forward to receiving your application!

71st World Assembly and Conference in Panama 2019!

The 71st OMEP World Assembly and Conference will be in Panama in 2019 – with the World Assembly on 22nd and 23rd July and the conference following on 24th-26th July. More details including how to submit papers, and how you can attend can be found on the website https://omeppanama.com/.

Once again, OMEP UK hopes to sponsor at least one student to attend the event – more details will follow soon!

Children’s Fund donation to Full Hearts Full Tummies in London

A collection at our AGM and Seminar in November 2018 was held, with the monies raised going into our Children’s Fund. The money raised at the event was donated to Full Hearts Full Tummies and this meant that with gift aid, £146 was donated to the project!

The project is a wonderful initiative to support families in Newham to enjoy a Christmas production and hot lunch, particularly those facing extreme challenges. You can read more about the project here https://stratford-circus.com/support/full-hearts-full-tummies/.

OMEP UK AGM Saturday 17th November 2018

Do join us!

 

Dear OMEP members,

We would like to extend our invitation to our seminar ‘OMEP UK Past, Present and Future’ on the morning of the AGM, Saturday 17th November.
It begins at 9.30 with welcome refreshments and opens at 9.55 with a welcome followed by a talk by Shelly Newstead: Leading Researcher, Writer and Editor on Adventure Playgrounds, Playwork and Childhood about OMEP Founder Lady Allen of Hurtwood. This will be followed by some contributions from members and opportunities for questions and discussion. We will take a break at midday before the AGM. There is no charge but there will be a collection for the OMEP Children’s Fund.
The schedule of the full day is as follows; 
09:00am – the room will be open
09:30am – tea/ coffee and pastries will be available
09:55am – welcome by Paulette Luff (President of OMEP UK)
10:00am – address by Shelly Newstead: Leading Researcher, Writer and Editor on Adventure Playgrounds, Playwork and Childhood
11:00am – address by Paulette Luff 
11:20am – address by Adeola Olajide and Leanne Johnson
12:00pm – refreshment break
12:30pm – AGM
14:00pm – Close of AGM
We would love you to come along, and don’t hesitate to bring along others who may be interested!
We look forward to seeing you all there.

 

Statement on migrant children which was produced at the World Assembly in Prague, 2018

Migrant Children’s Needs NOW

An Urgent Call to Action in Support of Children

as an Unambiguous Priority in All Global Policy Statements

Regarding Migration and Refugees

 

  • Representing members in more than 70 countries around the world, OMEP, the World Organization for Early Childhood Education, calls upon local, national, and global leaders to take immediate and responsible action.
  • The current situation in the world creates the urgent need for all nations to ensure the human rights of all children, especially the youngest and the most vulnerable, regardless of their migration status. All children must have access to all services and they must not be detained or separated from their families.

 

World Assembly and Conference 2018 – meet our two sponsored students!

This year, we are sponsoring two students to attend the 70th World Assembly and Conference in Prague!

 

The first is Leanne, currently nearing the end of the first year of her Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Education and Care. She has been working in early years for the last eight years, and has spent the last three years working in a deprived area of the country. She recently contacted her MP regarding the ‘Bold Beginnings’ report published earlier on this year!

 

The second is Taiwo, a postgraduate researcher who is currently exploring socio-cultural dimensions of quality assessment in early childhood in Nigeria. Taiwo has developed a quality assessment tool that will be tested in two early childhood settings in Nigeria soon!

 

We are sure that the conference will provide both with a wonderful experience, and next year, it could be you!

 

You can find out more information about the conference on our Events page.

OMEP European Conference 2016

The Place of the Child in 21st Century Society | 5-7 May 2016
Canterbury Christ Church University

Key guests at UK conference 2016The 2016 OMEP European Assembly and Conference was held in Canterbury UK in May 2016 and the sun shone throughout a packed and exciting few days. The primary goal of the Conference was to bring together practioners, researchers and presenters from Europe and further afield to discuss the place of the child in 21st Century Europe.

The Conference was formally opened by the Vice Chancellor and delegates were welcomed to the Faculty of Education by Dr John Moss and to the City of Canterbury by the Mayor, Councillor Sally Waters. The opening ceremony in Augustine House included wonderful musical and dance performances from pupils from Wickhambreaux CP School and Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys.

As part of the Conference delegates were able to visit local schools and settings and evaluation showed how appreciative they were of this opportunity to see practice.

maggie koong presenting at UK conference 2016The European Assembly, the formal board meeting for European presidents and observers, discussed current and future European policy and projects. This meeting, chaired by the OMEP European President Dr Nektarios Stellakis, welcomed Dr Maggie Koong, the OMEP World President and Abimbola Are, the OMEP Vice President, Africa.

Keynote speakers reflected the richness of discourse and debate in early childhood education and underlined the role of OMEP as a UK organisation, referencing practice and policy in all four countries in UK.

Topics for the 85 workshops, symposia and presentations were wide-ranging and eclectic reflecting the broad themes of the conference and all demonstrated the importance of shared values and perspectives. They ranged across

  • glasses and nibblesEducation for sustainable development
  • Children and families moving and migrating
  • Working with families
  • Health, well-being & social development
  • Professional education, learning and development
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Intergenerational poverty, inequality and aspiration

The formal Gala dinner and ceilidh took place in the grounds of the Cathedral on a beautiful spring evening.

The UK OMEP Conference Organising Committee would like to thank CCCU for hosting the Conference and all delegates and presenters for their dedicated, informed and enthusiastic participation in the Assembly and Conference.