Strategic Plan

january 2023 - december 2025

Strategic Plan, january 2020- december 2022

Starting Point

In its 70 years of existence, OMEP became a global benchmark in defending the human rights of children from birth to 8 years old. OMEP defends Early Childhood Care and Education (from now on referred to as ECCE) as a right and tool to respect other rights such as comprehensive development, citizenship, well-being and dignity for all the children around the world.

In 1950, in Vienna, the second World President of the OMEP Suzanne Herbiniére Lebert said:

  • “We want early childhood everywhere to have everything they need, everything they are entitled to: protection, but also education.”

Pillars

A - THE FIRST PILLAR OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN IS THE OMEP CONSTITUTION

The OMEP MISSION is raised in Article 2.1 of its Constitution: to defend and promote the rights of
the child with special emphasis on the right to education and care worldwide. To this end, OMEP
shall help any undertaking which could promote access to quality early childhood education and
care, as this is seen as a fundamental pillar that guides OMEP’s actions in general, and this
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B - THE SECOND PILLAR OF THIS STRATEGIC PLAN IS THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD (UNCRC)

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is the international treaty, ratified by almost every State in the world, which recognizes the human rights of children and obliges governments to comply with them. In General Comment No. 7 (2005) the Committee on the Rights of the Child reaffirms that “Young children are right holders” and should be applied holistically in early childhood, taking into account the principles of universality, indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights. While States have priority responsibility, civil society must also contribute to the
realization of the rights of all young children. The UNCRC is therefore another transcendental pillar that guides the action of OMEP, influencing and collaborating on the formulation and promotion of policies, laws, programs, proposing knowledge-based practices, collaborating in professional training and research, articulating local, regional and global actions focused on early childhood rights.

C - THE THIRD PILLAR OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN IS THE EDUCATION AGENDA 2030 AND THE TASHKENT DECLARATION

The guiding principles and strategies for the development of a transformative ECCE established in the Tashkent Declaration are a central pillar of the 2023-25 Strategic Plan, guiding OMEP’s actions to promote and collaborate with the States and society with the Commitment to developing competent ECCE systems that ensure equitable, inclusive, quality and adequately funded education for all.

Aims

  • Contribute to the consolidation of universal and comprehensive public policies, which ensure equitable, inclusive, quality and adequately funded ECCE.
  • Promote global and national initiatives and strategies that ensure the full exercise of the human right to education and care for all children, from birth to 8 years of age, with an “educare”.
  • Expand and disseminate pedagogical knowledge, based on research and developing spaces and opportunities for the joint construction of knowledge, in order to enrich teaching practices and ensure educational quality.
  • Strengthen the work and professional development of educators through training, continuous updating, and participatory research
  • Recognize the knowledge and experiences of educators integrating their vision in the elaboration of global policies and strategies related to ECCE.
  • Value the role and voices of young children, demanding consideration of their perspectives and the compliance with the principle of best interests of the child, both in policy formulation and in educational practices.
  • Consolidate international cooperation with organizations of the United Nations system, States and their education systems, civil society organizations and universities, in order to create synergies to collaborate in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.
  • Deepen democracy and participation within the organization by ensuring its enrichment through the incorporation of new members, along with the recognition of the trajectory of its partners, strengthening its institutional culture and sustainability.
  • Capitalize and make visible the achievements of the projects developed by OMEP, highlighting the diversity, variety and wealth of knowledge, actions, experiences and trajectories of National Committees.

STRATEGIC AREAS

OMEP intends to renew its efforts to influence public policies, their implementation and resource allocation
decisions aimed at protecting the right to early childhood education and care.

Flagship Initiative

  • The Decade for ECCE
  • New Legal Framework on the Right to Early Childhood Education.
  • Strengthening the governance and financing of ECCE
  • Monitoring the right to ECCE and SDG 4

OMEP intends to strengthen its role as a scientific and pedagogical reference specialized in early childhood for
the development of knowledge and skills, in order to share and apply them among members and with global
agencies, governments, institutions and communities related to early childhood.
OMEP collects, shares good practices and brings together research, reports and position papers to accompany constructive dialogues that contribute to advancing the achievement of the right to early childhood education

Flagship Initiative

  • IJEC – International Journal of Early Childhood
  • OMEP: Theory in Practice.
  • New Scholar Award
  • ECCE Educators

OMEP works so that all boys and girls have the right to quality education in early childhood. For this purpose, all OMEP national committees carry out activities for the training and capacity building of caregivers, educators and teachers, professionals and other educational agents, as well as public officials and legislators.

The committees organize congresses, seminars, courses, prizes and incentives in response to the training needs of the various actors in the ECCE systems, in different educational and social contexts.

Flagship Initiative

  • Education for Sustainable Development – EDS.
  • The virtual course “EDD for ECCE”
  • EDS Rating Scale
  • The Resource Bank www.eceresourcebank.org
  • The Annual International Teacher and Student Awards
  • The “My Patio is the World” Award for Latin American countries
  • WASH from the start.
  • Color your rights
  • Play and resilience: Toy libraries.
  • World Commemorations

OMEP develops strategies to strengthen its management, in order to consolidate a plural, open, democratic and participatory space that allows its members to think, understand, dialogue, project and act to achieve the goals defined by its constitution.

Flagship Initiative

  • Finance Restructuring.
  • Procedure Manual.
  • Young OMEP.
  • OMEP New Generation.
  • Young representatives of OMEP in the United Nations and UNESCO.

TRANSVERSAL STRATEGIC: COMMUNICATION

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