In looking through the outside links and and early childhood related websites, I found one website that really caught my attention. The website that caught my attention was Association for Childhood Education International and their website is http://acei.org.
This website led me to the principle and governance of ACEI. The ACEI Principle Statement of Commitment consist of the following:
- To promote the inherent rights, education, and well-being of all children in their home, school and community.
- To work for desirable conditions, programs, and practices for children from infancy through early adolescence.
- To bring into active cooperation all individuals and groups concerned with children.
- To raise the standard of preparation for those actively involved with the care and development of children.
- To encourage continuous professional growth of educators.
- To focus the public’s attention on the rights and needs of children, and on the ways various programs must be adjusted to fit those rights and needs.
ACEI is a global community of educators and advocates who unite knowledge, experience, and perspectives in order to exchange information, explore innovation and advocate for children. Their mission is “to support and promote the optimal education, development, and well-being of children worldwide.” Their vision is that “every child in every nation will have access to a quality education. This education will prepare children to become responsible and engaged citizens, ready for life in a changing world” (Association for Childhood Education International, n.d.).
One area that I thoroughly looked into was under the news and publication. In this area was ACEI news, Global news and the ACEI publications. Under the ACEI news is different articles and the most current article on International Day of the Girl Child. The United Nations General Assembly declared October 11 the International Day of the Girl Child, in 2011. Within this different organizations, nations and individuals have the responsibility to ensure that the environments that every child is in, including girls, are entitled to a secure and safe childhood. “A particularly pervasive challenge for girls in many nations is gender inequity in access to education” (International Day of the Girl Child, n.d.). Because of the lack of educational opportunity, over 70% are girls. According to UNICEF “When all children have access to a quality education rooted in human rights and gender equality, it creates a ripple effect of opportunity that influences generations to come” (as cited in International Day). “Gender equality in family, civic, and economic life is critical for the sustained and sustainable peace and prosperity of nations and communities. Respecting the rights of girls and women is necessary for a bright future for all” (International Day, n.d.)
On this website I did not see anywhere to sign up for a newsletter. However, I did find something that said e-news. It is something that comes out every month. In the month of October, there is a little article on celebrating World’s Teacher Day, which took place on October 5, 2015. This day is in celebration of the critical roles that the teachers play in the development and the education of children. “In many nations, teachers are challenged by difficult socioeconomic conditions, poor learning environments, diminishing resources, and low wages. Yet beyond guiding their students toward their learning goals, they increasingly have to address the negative effects of a changing society within their classrooms” (Celebrate World Teachers Day, n.d.). Not only are educators the best at what they do, they also love their job and love what they do. Educators are overworked and underpaid.
Unfortunately the site does not have anything on equity and excellence in early care and education. However, under the global news and principles and governance they discuss equity and education to a certain extent. Just in September of 2015, the United Nations Open Working Group agreed on a set of global targets, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “Target 4.1 of the SDGs, which seeks to ensure that all children have access to free, equitable, and quality primary and secondary education by 2030, will be challenging to achieve without sufficient funding” (Right to Education). Every child across the nation, world wide deserves the right to have a free and equitable education whether they are low income, middle income, or high income. According to the ACEI site “Ensuring access to education puts the highest burden on the poorest countries. A substantial increase in funding is therefore required to ensure education for their children. It is the responsibility of all governments, donors, and the international community to increase funding to provide free, quality primary and secondary education for all children worldwide.” Their humanitarian mission based on a platform of four core beliefs:
We believe each child possesses a unique set of gifts and talents. Educators and others invested in the education of children should value each child as a unique and special individual.
We believe that there are key principles that join our world together through the common bonds of human dignity and respect. All those concerned with the education of children should uphold these universal principles.
We believe that educational experiences are enhanced by instructional strategies and learning environments that offer the very best opportunities for children’s learning within the context of the nation, community, city, town or village in which children live.
We believe all children should be educated in environments of fairness where there is freedom from bias or favoritism and where access to, and participation in, educational experiences are the cornerstone of the home, school and community (Principles and Governance, n.d.).
One new insight that I gained came from the Love Me, Teach Me page. The Love Me, Teach Me campaign purpose is to promote the needs and rights of children everywhere. The campaign is built upon four cornerstones; See Me, Hear Me, Love Me and Teach Me.
Cornerstone 1. See Me: The Child’s Right to Identity
Every child has the right to be seen, the right to have a name, and the right to a nationality—that is, the right to an identity…All sectors—social, political, and economic—must work to ensure that all children are visible members of their society, regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, ability, family status, or national origin.
Cornerstone 2. Hear Me: The Child’s Right to Participation
Participation is how children not only learn about the world around them, but also experience their environment. When children are prevented from participating, be it because of exclusion from a group activity, lack of access to medical care, or disregard for their opinions, especially in regard to matters that directly affect them, they are being sent a message that their needs and thoughts are not important.
Cornerstone 3. Love Me: The Child’s Right to Security, Stability, and Protection
The primary task of a parent, however, is to love and care for their child—to provide them with a nurturing family environment where they are treated with dignity and respect and are free from abuse and neglect. Loving children can be the directly personal experience of loving a child we are related to, or a more distanced experience in which we take children into consideration when we decide how to conduct our business—from the designing of commercial advertising campaigns to the development of public policy.
Cornerstone 4. Teach Me: The Child’s Right to Education
Education should be culturally appropriate, promote dignity and respect for the child, encourage exploration, and be designed to support all children, regardless of their level of ability. Education should help each child to reach their full potential. And learning extends outside of the classroom walls. In their communities, children should have access to books, magazines, newspapers, television and radio program, and other media sources that are age-appropriate and encourage rich and meaningful learning experiences. (Love Me, Teach Me, n.d.).
Association for Childhood Education International
Celebrate Worlds Teacher Day. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://acei.ord/news/celebrate-worlds-teacher-day
International Day of the Girl Child. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://acei.org/news/international-day-of-the-girl-child
Love Me, Teach Me. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://acei.org/love-me-teach-me
Principles and Governance. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.acei.org/principles-and-governance