30 Jun 2010

Seminar brings Pacific countries step closer to national early childhood policies

6:50 pm on 30 June 2010

A UN-sponsored seminar hosted by the Papua New Government in Port Moresby is bringing Pacific countries a step closer to implementing national early childhood development policies.

The three-day meeting, which finishes this evening, has gathered together representatives and academics from Palau, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, Timor Leste and Australia as well as Asia.

The co-ordinator of the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood, Junko Miyahara, says some countries such as Vanuatu have national policies already in place but others have brought theirs to the seminar for peer review.

"And the emphasis was really on sharing is geat but then beyond sharing: we want to run together on its Pacific own way the point of actions to be identified to hold policy makers accountable to the commitments made at the highest level of the policy arena for example at the Pacific Educational Forum."

Junko Miyahara of the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood.