ECD in Africa
Windhoek, Namibia 1997
First Regional ECCD Seminar / Institute
Prof. Pence’s work in sub-Saharan Africa commenced in 1994 when UNICEF invited him to work with them in promoting capacity for ECD. The invitation was based on Pence’s internationally recognized work with Canadian First Nations’ communities to develop their own community-sensitive approaches to ECD. UNICEF felt that the strengths-focused, culturally supportive, ‘generative’ approach he co-developed with First Nations would be effective in the Majority (Developing) World as well.
Over time different programs and approaches to ECD capacity promotion were developed to address various key stakeholder groups in sub-Saharan Africa:
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire 2016
6th African Scholars Workshop
UNESCO Chair in Early Childhood Education, Care and Development
Victoria, Canada 2008
ECDVU SSA-2 Convocation
The UNESCO Chair in Early Childhood Education, Care and Development (ECD), with
Prof. Alan Pence as the chair-holder, was established in 2008 with a primary focus on the promotion of capacity in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) for the care and well-being of young children (see overview below). In 2017, with the 3rd renewal of the Chair, Pence proposed modification to a Co-Chair structure that would include a ‘next generation’ African ECD leader. Prof. Hasina Banu Ebrahim, a 2007 PhD graduate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, prodigious scholar and recently appointed Professor, University of South Africa (UNISA), was an outstanding candidate and was approved by UNESCO. The Co-Chairs work closely to extend and expand the long-standing goals and objectives first approved by UNESCO in 2008.
Kampala, Uganda 1999
First African International ECD Conference