1. Participation in the ISSA Conference (Budapest, 10-12 October 2014)
After informing the previous Vice President for Europe, Milada Rabusicova, about this Conference in which OMEP usually sends a representative, I discussed the possibility of participating with the World President. I am really grateful to her for accepting this proposal and supporting financially my participation.
The topic of the Conference was “Creating a society for all: re-considering early childhood services”. The Conference was very well organized and there were about 400 participants from all over Europe and especially from East Europe and Central Asia. During the Conference, I had the chance to discuss about our Organization with a lot of participants from Hungary and other countries which are not members of OMEP.
Moreover, I had the chance to participate in two meetings. The first one was with Arelys de Yánez, who is acting as Transition Manager for the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development. CG is in a transitional phase and moves to a new location in Leiden in The Netherlands. We had a brainstorming session for the formulation of a strategic plan. The second one was with representatives of World Forum on Early Care and Education. They asked me for deepening collaboration and our possible participation in Working Groups. They will organize a Conference on 11-14 March 2015 in Rotorua, New Zealand with the topic “Working Forum on Design and Nature: Designing Inspiring and Effective Spaces for Children”.
Unfortunately, people were very busy during the Conference, so there was not much time to discuss about the “Early Years Regional Alliance” of which OMEP is a member. But, it was good to meet some of the people involved.