ISSA Conference 2016: Early childhood in the times of rapid change

Villnius, Lithuania, 11th– 13th October 2016

Over 300 professionals and experts gathered in Vilnius, Lithuania between 11 and 13 October 2016 to discuss future pathways in the field of Early Childhood Development (ECD).

Early Childhood in Times of Rapid Change addressed issues of concern to societies across the globe that are experiencing rapid changes which affect children, their families and the practitioners working alongside them. Living, as we do, in a more interconnected and interdependent world the stability of our economies and societies are impacted by factors beyond our borders; the effects of conflict, migration, climate change and epidemics in once remote countries can now have repercussions in local communities. In such challenging times, the conference invited participants to explore issues related to four thematic strands:

  • Meaningful Learning for Children
  • Meaningful Preparation of the Workforce
  • Meaningful Support for Families
  • Meaningful Use of Technology

With more than 100 sessions and guests from over 48 countries from across the globe participating, the ISSA Conference 2016 proved to be an inclusive and vibrant learning environment.

The conference was organized in partnership with the Center for Innovative Education, Lithuania and with generous support from the Open Society Foundations.

Conference was great opportunity to introduce the project START to broader public. The project  was launched under the thematic strand Meaningful Preparation of the Workforce- Ideas Lab – Connecting the Dots.

You can find the presentation materials HERE.