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 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  

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 For questions related to your application, please email us using the email address provided above.

We look forward to receiving your application!