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Global Leaders for Young Children Lebanon Project. BY Maysoun Chehab & Rana Ismail. Project Goals + Target Group. Goal: To reach ECD professionals, practitioners, community representatives, and governmental bodies and raise their awareness regarding:

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Global leaders for young children lebanon project

Global Leaders for Young Children Lebanon Project

BY

Maysoun Chehab

&

Rana Ismail


Project goals target group
Project Goals + Target Group

Goal: To reach ECD professionals, practitioners, community representatives, and governmental bodies and raise their awareness regarding:

  • The importance of investing in ECD by focusing on:

    • ECD: Conception to eight

    • Transition from KG to primary

  • The importance of the holistic integrated approach to ECD

  • The issue of teachers preparation

    Target Group: Teacher preparation colleges/universities coordinators, NGOs and institutions, Community active Syndicates, PTAs, Governmental bodies, Municipalities, Media.

    Support Team: Group of six ECD advocates - the support team assisted in organizing , implementing, and evaluating the advocacy project.

    - Dr. Basma Faour – Assistance Professor at Hagazian University

    - Boushra Kadoura – ECD specialist and nursery director

    - Shaza Ismail – Adjunct lecturer and ECD Specialist

    - May Abou Ajram – ECCD Project Coordinator

    - May Darwich – Early Childhood Program Coordinator

    - Layal Mansour – Early Childhood Art Teacher


Steps of implementation
Steps of implementation

Preparation phase:

  • Brainstorming and discussion with ARC pool of resource persons.

  • 3 brainstorming meetings between Maysoun and Rana

  • Advocacy project proposal

  • Short listing of our advocates team

  • 9 preps meeting with the support team

  • Cooperation with the Higher Council for Children - MOSA

    Outputs:

  • Our Children Zero to Eight- Booklet: drafting, editing, layout and design, printing, dissemination in the seminar and by mail.

  • The Early Childhood Development: from Research to Practice Seminar: Invitations, preps of 5 presentations, discussions, and recommendations.

  • Early Childhood Poster: hand made by a teacher, and printing

  • Media appearances : Contacting media representatives and discussing the issue with them.

  • Our Children Zero to Three Seminar: Invitations, preps of 5 presentations, discussions, and recommendations.

    Evaluation:

  • Evaluation meeting and planning for “what is next??


Global leaders for young children lebanon project

  • Presentations of both Seminars:

  • What is early childhood development?

  • Why zero to eight?

  • Cornerstones of the Holistic Integrated approach to ECD

  • Transition from KG to primary

  • National ECD Strategy in Lebanon

  • Children 0-3 in Lebanon

  • 0-3 regional successful models

  • 0-3 international successful models

  • 0-3 Program Quality Indicators

  • ECD Strategy updates in Lebanon


Results and impact
Results and impact

  • 500 copies of the booklet disseminated to schools and parents

  • ECD Arabic posters were placed in schools, MOE, MOSA

  • 100 participants from all sectors attended our national seminars.

  • Concluding remarks and recommendations from both seminars

  • Reactivation of the ECCD National Strategy in Lebanon

  • Focus on the issue of children 0-3

  • More understanding about the issue of transition – Two Associations started in their schools a structured program for transition and introduced the HIA for 3-8 including lower elementary.

  • 3 media appearances

  • Newspaper coverage

  • 9 Presentations were posted online and available to everybody


Lessons learned
Lessons Learned

  • Never too late to start – start where you are most confident.

  • ECD should always be a priority no matter what the challenges are.

  • Advocacy needs a lot of efforts, team work, and strong networking mechanism

  • The desired change will not come easy or soon.

  • All sectors should build bridges between each others and not work in an island oriented approach.

  • Need to work more on local research

  • Need to focus on the issue of 0-3 and transition

  • Advocacy work should be based on research and numbers.

  • The Holistic Integrated Approach is a key tool for ECD advocacy.

  • Always highlight the importance of ECD from zero to eight.

  • We still have a long way to put ECCD as a priority in the minds of policy decision makers…


Challenges
Challenges

  • Political instability in the country (May 2007-September 2008: 120 days of violent events= assassinations, bombs, strikes…)

  • ECD still not a priority = no special governmental budget for ECD

  • No agreement about the zero to eight ECD period

  • Lack of a common language regarding ECD issues and the HI approach

  • Budget restraints! (number, quality, language)

  • No local research and data especially on disadvantaged children

  • Parent participation was not possible

  • Participation of decision makers in teacher preparation programs: conservative and negative attitude