Seminar IV: What’s happening with ECCE in the world? Latest research and current perspectives.


Friday, November 26th. 2021

9:00 am Buenos Aires 

1:00 pm CET Europe

9:00 pm Japan

7:00 am New York 

The webinar will include keynote presentations by two important UNESCO researchers who have vast knowledge and expertise about ECCE: Rolla Moumné and Yoshie Kaga. The opening and closing remarks will be given by Mercedes Mayol Lassalle, OMEP World President. The event will be coordinated by Soon Hwan Kim, President of OMEP Republic of Korea.


Rolla Moumné holds a PhD in international law from the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) and Master’s Degree in Law, Political Science and human rights, from the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) and of Paris V (René Descartes). As a programme specialist, she is currently in charge of the Programme on Right to education at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. She has been in charge of activities mainly related to the monitoring of the implementation of the right to education at international and national levels, and review and development of legal frameworks in the field of right to education through, technical assistance, policy advice and guidance, policy research, capacity-development and advocacy in this area.
Yoshie Kaga is an education programme specialist at UNESCO. Since January 2020, she is responsible for education for living together, education for sustainable development (ESD), education in emergencies, and early childhood care and education (ECCE) at UNESCO Regional Bureau for West Africa (Sahel) based in Dakar, Senegal. She is currently overseeing projects such as those related to the prevention of violent extremism through education, disaster risk reduction education, and the impact of COVID-19 on education systems and ECCE personnel. Prior to her current position, Yoshie served as ECCE programme specialist at UNESCO Headquarters since 1998, and worked on various initiatives, including the OECD-UNESCO Joint Initiative: Survey of Teachers in Pre-primary Education (STEPP) and the MOOC on integrating early childhood education in education sector planning implemented by IIEP, Global Partnership for Education and UNICEF. Her publications include Caring and Learning Together: Integration of ECCE within Education (2010), co-authored with John Bennett and Peter Moss, and Investing against Evidence: the Global State of ECCE (2015), co-edited with M.T.P. Marope. Her research interests include relationships between ECCE and primary education, workforce development, and lifelong learning. She has an MA in social anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and PhD in education from UCL Institute of Education, London.
Mercedes Mayol Lassalle is the World President of OMEP (World Organization for Preschool Education) since January 1, 2020. National Normal Teacher, Graduate in Education Sciences, University of Buenos Aires. Former Director of the Early Childhood Education area of ​​the City of Buenos Aires. Currently, she is a Professor in the Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Buenos Aires and in the Regional Program for Training in Planning and Management of Educational Policies, IIPE-UNESCO Buenos Aires, Office for Latin America. Elected member of the Coordination Group of the Collective Consultation of NGOs on EDUCATION 2030 – CCNGO / ED 2030.
Soon Hwan Kim is an associate professor of Early Childhood Education at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. Currently, she is serving as president of the OMEP KOREA and also working as an editor of Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education. 

OMEP Seminar Series 2021-2022: Early childhood care and education (ECCE) in debate

  • The first Seminar was held on August 23, 2021 under the title: “Rights from the start: how to advocate for early childhood?”.
  • The second Seminar was held on October 8, 2021 under the title: “100 years Paulo Freire 1921-2021. Pedagogy as a political practice”. 
  • The third Seminar was held on November 4, 2021 under the title: “ESD in early childhood education”

The recordings are available in the three official OMEP languages (English, French and Spanish) on the YouTube channel @omepworldtv.

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