Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation
International Research-to-Practice Conference «Early Childhood Care and Education» is a major event in the field of education in Russia and abroad.
More than six hundred people – representatives of the academic community, administrators and specialists from educational institutions of Europe, Asia and America – have gathered here to give presentations and exchange opinions on important, but yet underexplored, topics in early childhood education.
The hallmark of this annual Conference is the powerful combination of research and practical aspects. It is gratifying to know that this impressive forum provides an opportunity for specialists and practitioners from Russia and abroad to exchange their experience and discuss the major issues and prospects for further development in the field of early childhood education.
I am confident that this Conference will yield the results and conclusions that will be of significant importance for academic research and education in Russia and all over the world.
I wish the organizers and participants in the International Conference «Early Childhood Care and Education» to have profound discussions and fruitful work!
Executive Secretary of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO
On behalf of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, I am pleased to welcome the participants and organizers of the Fourth International Conference “Early Childhood Care and Education”. This Conference, due to its importance, has been granted the auspices of the Commission and timed to the 70th Anniversary of UNESCO.
UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education, which is a Category One institute located in Moscow, has been supporting the International Conference “Early Childhood Care and Education” since its establishment.
This Conference follows up the 2010 UNESCO International Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education held in Moscow. We appreciate the idea of holding a conference on the issue which is of such importance in Russia and abroad. UNESCO is currently engaged in framing the post-2015 education agenda. It is noteworthy that early education will remain among the top priority issues.
Allow me to wish all the Conference participants and guests fruitful work and professional success.
Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation
On behalf of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation and myself, I would like to welcome the participants in the IV International Conference “Early Childhood Care and Education”!
Young generation is the future of any country. That is why the welfare and protection of children have been among the overriding national priorities of Russia over the last ten years.
All-round early development, early education quality assessment, creation of advanced and effective development-friendly environment for children, including those with disabilities and special needs, enhancing the diversity of early education – these are the issues of great importance that call for attention on the part of the government, academic and pedagogical communities.
I am confident that the Conference will contribute to dissemination of advanced experience in childhood care as well as strengthening of international, inter-institutional and interregional networking.
I sincerely wish all participants to have constructive discussions and fruitful work!
Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
In contemporary society research on childhood care and education faces important challenges. The current rapid social changes, caused by globalization, urbanization and technological and media developments, result in a diversity of life-styles and socialization patterns that the world has never seen before. In addition to this, we experience transformation and destabilization of social infrastructures through poverty, intolerance and armed conflict that affect the very fabric of children’s upbringing and existence. If we look across the globe, the daily lives of children, and their opportunities for development, are, to put it mildly, very different depending on where they grow up, and the social and cultural resources they have access to. Unprecedented affluence in some parts of the world, including access to high-quality education and care, co-exists with extreme poverty and sufferings caused by traumatizing experiences of the horrors of war and conflict in children’s immediate neighbourhood.
As researchers in the field of education and childhood care, it is our duty to constantly remind the world of the unjust character of this state of affairs, and we must also communicate as clearly as possible the devastating effects of violence, intolerance and armed conflict for future generations. Research on human development and education is increasingly becoming an international affair, where scholars learn from each other, and where societies will also learn how to provide for children, inside as well as outside institutional forms of child care and education. This conference provides an excellent opportunity to learn about education and socialization as practiced in different parts of the world. Scholars from many countries will report and discuss their findings, and the richness of backgrounds and perspectives will make this conference a rewarding experience for all participants.