The Trans-disciplinary conference on early childhood development and education (ECDE Conference)

Venue: Sports Science Institute

Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Event Date/Time: Jul 17, 2012 End Date/Time: Jul 18, 2012
Registration Date: Jul 16, 2012
Early Registration Date: Jun 15, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 15, 2012
Paper Submission Date: Jun 15, 2012
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Description

Trans-disciplinary conference
early childhood development and education
Cape Town South Africa, 17 and 18 July 2012
What is the relationship between the Millennium Development
Goals and Early Childhood Development and Education?
It is common cause that there is a link between early childhood development and
education and public health, particularly maternal education levels and the concomitant
impact on child health and school performance. It has been noted that the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs) do not overtly speak to early childhood development and
education (ECDE). Consequently the possibility of creating an opportunity to explore this
link through an interdisciplinary conference has been suggested.
Central to seven of the eight millennium development goals is education: it has long been
accepted that education enables people to become economically active and also helps
them to see the value of education for their children. Education, particularly for women,
has an impact on gender equality and helps to both improve maternal health and reduce
child mortality. Underpinning long term programmes for the prevention of HIV/AIDS,
malaria and other diseases is education. Simultaneous with this must be environmental
awareness: protection of our resources is vital for food security and the ongoing
sustainability of the planet.
The eighth goal of developing a global partnership for development provides the context
for this conference as it will bring together partners/potential partners from around the
globe to discuss progress towards the achievement of these goals.
Millennium Development Goals
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower
women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve maternal health
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop a global partnership for
development
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Key Objectives
The primary objective is to provide a collegial forum for advocating the link between the
MDGs and ECDE, thus create opportunities for individuals and organisations to network and
establish collegial relationships. The outcome would be more constructive focus on
achieving the MDGs through work in the broad church of the early childhood development
and education sector.
The conference
The conference is proposed to take place from 17 and 18 July 2012, in Cape Town.
The format
Although the conference format is still to be finalised, it is envisaged that it should
embrace the range of role-players involved in education and training, learning and
development, from institutions of learning – both further and higher, governmental and
non-governmental organisations as well as industry and commerce.
Consequently papers and presentations are invited from academics, practitioners and
businesses representatives, with the challenge to answer the question: What is the
relationship between the Millennium Development Goals and Early Childhood
Development and Education?
Ideally, the two-day conference will consist of a melange of scholarly papers, case study
presentations and workshop/colloquia to enable dialogue and in-depth.
Contributors and delegates are invited from
• Educationalists – from early childhood, through schooling and vocational schools
and colleges to higher education
• Learning and development specialists
• Policy makers
• Researchers and academics
• Practitioners – in learning institutions, NGOs, development organisations,
commerce and industry
• Parastatals e.g. sector education and training authorities, development agencies
Keynote speakers and presenters who have already expressed interest in the
conference are:
Norma Rudolph, a renowned ECD specialist in systemic action research and
communication for social change, focusing on child rights, appreciative inquiry, teacher
development, and evaluation studies.
Dr Xoliswa Mtose is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education and her main task is to
drive the faculty’s vision to be a world-class Southern African Education Faculty, preparing
21st century educators who are critical, creative problem-solvers, initiators and leaders in
education.
Dr Linda Newman is Associate Professor and Director International in the School of
Education, Programme Chair of the Early Childhood Programme Management Committee,
and Convenor of the Masters of Early Childhood Education in the Faculty of Education and
Arts at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
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Level of interest, to date
A call for expressions of interest was circulated in August 2011 to a general mailing list of
nearly 5,000 yielded 43 expressions of interest from a wide-ranging group of people,
academics including academics from South Africa, Australia, the United Kingdom, Jamaica
and Bangladesh, leading ECD specialists from NGOs in South Africa, government officials
from South African and other SADC countries, as well as from donor and aid agencies such
as Unicef.
In addition to this list, and as a consequence of the call for expressions of interest, an
additional 68 people have subscribed to a dedicated mailing list indicating that their
interest in attending such a conference.
Conference programme and selection of papers
The conference programme will be finalised following submissions from a formal call for
papers. Abstracts/proposals will be screened (not peer reviewed) by a committee
comprising, among others, representatives from the University of Newcastle’s Department
of Early Childhood Education, and the Faculty of Education at the University of Fort Hare.
Conferences costs, and sponsors secured to date
The total cost of running such a conference, with some 200 delegates, is in the region of
ZAR 650,000. In order to attract delegates from a range of largely not-for-profit
organisations, it is necessary to seek sponsorship to keep these fees at a reasonable level.
Keeping delegate fees at, ZAR 2,700/pax for South African delegates (ZAR 3240/pax for
international delegates), demands that the organisers seek an additional sponsorship to
the value of ZAR 170,000 to ensure that the conference costs are covered.
Platinum sponsorship secured
In the spirit of partnerships and the value that they can bring to all participants, and as a
consequence of its long and deep engagement with Africa and its South African partners,
the University of Newcastle, Australia has pledged Platinum level sponsorship (ZAR 50,000)
for this conference. The other platinum sponsor is Johannesburg-based ECD Projects.
We have also received a personal pledge from Australian colleagues, Gjyn and Mitch
O’Toole, academics at the University of Newcastle. South African partner institution, the
University of Fort Hare, has committed to a Bronze level sponsorship (ZAR 6,000).
However, an additional ZAR 100,000 would enable us to deliver a much deeper and more
enriching programme. Sponsorship is therefore essential, and opportunities are set out on
the next page:
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Sponsorship opportunities
Level Benefits Cost*
Platinum • With agreement of other platinum sponsor – co-hosting and
naming rights for the conference
• Branding on all conference marketing material, viz.:
o calls for papers
o marketing and promotional material and merchandise items
o naming and hosting rights for evening social function and/or
lunch
• Premium advertising in conference booklet and programme
• Static banner on conference website home page
• Rotating banner on cascading website pages
• 3 delegate places ZAR 50,000
Gold • With agreement of platinum sponsors – co-hosting and naming
rights for the social function and/or lunch at the conference
• Branding on selected conference marketing material
• Full page advertisement in conference booklet; branding on
programme
• Static banner on conference website programme page,
top/bottom if available
• Rotating banner on cascading website pages
• 2 delegate places
• Optional: exhibition space ZAR 40,000
Silver • Branding on selected merchandise
• ½ page advertisement in conference booklet; branding on
programme
• Rotating block advertisement on cascading website pages
• 1 delegate place
• Optional: exhibition space ZAR 20,000
Bonze • ¼ page advertisement in conference booklet; branding on
programme
• Rotating block advertisement on cascading website pages
• 1 delegate place
• Option: Exhibition space ZAR 6,000
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Exhibitors’ and General Advertising opportunities
Type Benefit Cost
Exhibitors • Logo
o In programme and/or conference booklet
• Includes provision of table & 2 chairs, meals and refreshments,
but not delegate pack and conference attendance ZAR 7,500
Advertising • Conference booklet
• Full Page ZAR 1,500
• ½ page ZAR 850
• ¼ page ZAR 500
Website** • Right vertical Banner
o High traffic pages (registration, speakers, programme) ZAR 2,620
o Other pages ZAR 1,600
• Side advertisements (postage stamps)
o High traffic pages (registration, speakers, programme) ZAR 950
o Other pages ZAR 500
* + VAT for South African sponsors/exhibitors
** The conference website will remain live at least until February 2013, guaranteeing exposure for
a minimum of 10 months
For more information about this conference, please send an e-mail to
info@youngchildren.co.za

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