Cambodian Delegates Participate in ARNEC 2024 Conference on Early Childhood Development

H.E. Kim Sethany, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and H.E. Prak Kosal, Deputy Director at Department of Education and Early Childhood Education led 24 Cambodian delegates including the Cambodian Network on Early Childhood Care and Development (NECCD) to participate in the ARNEC 2024 conference held from May 27 to 30 in Penang, Malaysia. The 2024 Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Early Childhood Development (ECD) aimed to galvanize action and provide policymakers and practitioners with innovative tools and methodologies to tackle current challenges in early childhood.

The theme of this year’s conference, ‘Investing in ECD: An Effective Pathway for Building Resilience and Boosting Sustainable Development,’ highlighted the critical role of early childhood development in fostering resilience and promoting sustainable growth. The conference brought together a diverse group of ECD stakeholders, including government officials, educators, researchers, and practitioners, to engage in meaningful interactions.

Participants engaged in a series of workshops, panel discussions, and presentations that facilitated the exchange of ideas and sharing of experiences. The conference served as a platform for delegates to discuss best practices, explore new insights, and develop strategies for enhancing ECD programs. By fostering collaboration and dialogue, the event aimed to build a stronger and more cohesive ECD movement across the Asia-Pacific region.

Through this gathering, approximately 500 delegates from 48 countries reaffirmed their commitment to advancing ECD initiatives, recognizing that investing in early childhood is essential for building resilient communities and achieving long-term sustainable development. 

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