Education World – The Human Development Magazine (Established 1999) together with Navneet Publications, Mumbai, staged its Second Early Childhood Education Global Conference 2011 on December 15 at the ITC Maratha, Andheri, Mumbai.
The conference emphasized, on 4 main aspects of early childhood education such as Growing awareness about importance of preschool education in Asia, New discoveries in brain research and the growing importance of quality early childhood education, Should Central/State governments regulate early childhood education and New innovations in pre-school education and New innovations making preschool education more effective.
The keynote speakers of the Early Childhood Education Global Conference 2011 were Sally May Tan, Chief Executive of Knowledge Universe, South-East Asia and Dr. Jeremy Williams, Chief Academic Officer of Knowledge Universe, Singapore – the world’s largest proprietorial preschools company which owns 1,740 preschools in the US, 123 in the UK and 40 in Singapore.
“We continue to be excited about prospects in early childhood education in India, and indeed, in the entire Asia Pacific region. The profile of early childhood educators has steadily been raised, and parents and a growing number of families are becoming aware of the vital importance of giving children a sound foundation for school and higher education. Knowledge Universe is proud to be both a catalyst and leader in generating awareness about early childhood education,” said Sally May Tan, Chief Executive of Knowledge Universe, South-East Asia.
Highlighting the importance of early childhood education, Dilip Thakore, publisher editor of EducationWorld said, "Early childhood education is of critical importance because the foundation for future learning and love of learning is built in the first five years of a child's life. The objective of our ECE conferences is to disseminate this awareness."
The panel discussions featured indigenous ECE experts, preschool edupreneurs and educationists including Elizabeth Mehta (Founder of the Muktangan Educational Programme), Arun Khetan (I Play I Learn), Kavita Sabharwal (promoter-CEO, Neev, Bangalore), Farida Lambay (co-founder & trustee of Pratham), Dr. Reeta Sonawat (professor, human development, SNDT Women's University), Prajodh Rajan (director, EuroKids), Dr. Mithu Alur (founder/chairperson, Spastics' Society of India and The National Resource Centre for inclusion).
Over 200 preschool principals, teachers, trustees, directors attended the conference. The ECE Global Conference 2011 also felicitated the India’s most admired Pre – Schools 2011.