The OMEP National Committee of Greece invites you to the 72nd World Assembly and OMEP International Conference which will be held in Athens, the capital of Greece, a country where the ancient philosopher Plato highlighted the importance of Early Childhood Education. Education in early childhood and elementary school is fundamental for every individual, because it promotes holistic child’s development, offers opportunities for exploration and learning, and cultivates critical thinking and creativity. At the same time, Pre-school Education plays an important role in children’s school readiness and success, in order for them to become future active citizens. Although Pre-school Education as a concept, has a long history, there are still many issues to be presented and discussed, such as the appropriate children’s entrance age to Pre-school Education, the quality of Early Childhood Education and the question of the need to establish Pre-school Education as mandatory or not. In addition, it is necessary to discuss issues like the content of curricula, inclusion and equality in Early Childhood Education, children’s educational rights and teachers’ professional skills and development.
The theme for the OMEP International Conference in July 2021, is based on the need to consider and explore contemporary issues and dilemmas for Pre-school Education in the 21st century. There are four main key-themes and many subthemes. Our wish is that any member of OMEP, professor, teacher, counsellor or other professional interested in Early Childhood Education would have the opportunity to participate in individual presentations, posters and symposiums at the Conference.
You are most welcome in Athens!
President of OMEP Greece