Jobs/Roles in the ECE Community: Internationally

In Bhutan, Save the Children is helping to iimprove the quality of education in more than 200 preschools, training teachers to incorporate play-based math and reading activities that help increase school readiness and the potential for success in elementary school. Save the Children is working with preschool teachers throughout the country to introduce play-based learning activities. Photo Credit: Susan Warner/Save the Children 3/15/2016

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Save the Children is an organization with a goal to promote global education and the rights of children around the world. “It was founded in 1919 to help children receive a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm” (Save the Children, 2019). Save the Children’s (2019) mission is to increase the quality of instruction and help ensure lasting education. The organization provides aid to 120 countries, working to reach children through international programs that focus on health, education, protection and disaster relief.  Through their educational efforts the Save the Children organization teaches effective teaching strategies to instructors globally in the regions of Africa, Asia, Middle East Eurasia, Latin American, and the Caribbean and trains them to engage students, helps establish schools, and aids issues and trends in early childhood (Save the Children, 2019). The organization also coaches parents and caregivers to help foster learning early on in children’s development and offer ways for parents to encourage schoolwork and continued learning outside of the classroom. In their early childhood initiative, their focus is to provide education access to children and families who may have not have the opportunity to do so. “Children who participate in Early Childhood Development programs, when compared with children who don’t, are more likely to enroll in school, plan their families, become productive adults, and educate their own children” (Save the Children, 2019). They also are less likely to repeat a grade, drop out of school, or engage in criminal activities. Through interventions that engage young children, as well as their parents, caregivers, and communities, Save the Children’s Early Childhood Development programs ensure that young children survive and thrive by being physically and emotionally healthy and intellectually curious.  The early childhood program also promotes school readiness programs that prepare them for school success (Save the Children, 2019).

 

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UNICEF was established in 1946, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund strives to create a world that fights for the rights of every child in the world. UNICEF inspires everyone to get involved in creating protective environments for children. One of their goals to be present to relieve suffering during emergencies, and wherever children are threatened because UNICEF’s belief is that no child should be exposed to violence, abuse or exploitation. UNICEF also strives to include reducing inequities and discrimination, fulfilling global education goals such as the 2 Millennium. These goals focus on education, achieving gender equality and equity in education, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn and continuing education during and after a crisis (UNICEF, 2018). UNICEF also has an early childhood initiative which encourages and urges countries and people to act urgently in investing in early childhood development which is a priority in every country to achieve the 2030 goals. Investing in early childhood development is a cost-effective way to boost shared prosperity, promote inclusive economic growth, expand equal opportunity, and end extreme poverty. UNICEF is working to increase investment in family-friendly policies, including paid parental leave and access to quality, affordable childcare; it benefits governments because it helps economies and businesses, as well as parents and children (UNICEF, 2018).

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The United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization began in 1945 and is “committed to a holistic and humanistic vision of quality education worldwide, the realization of everyone’s right to education and the belief that education plays a fundamental role in human, social, and economic development” (n.d.). Their mission is to aid in the building of peace, eradication of poverty and lasting development. They seek to achieve these goals and create an intercultural dialogue through global education. Their membership includes 204 countries, 9 of which are associate members. Their early childhood initiative was inspired in 2007, when “UNESCO reminded the international community that half of the countries in the world did not have ECCE policies for children under three years old” (n.d.). Progress has been made on pre-school enrollment in many countries but more work is needed to make ECCE central to education systems and realize its tremendous societal benefits. To encourage more early childhood initiatives globally, UNESCO created the UNESCO-Hamdan Prize that will create sponsorship and support the design of additional professional development packages at intermediate and advanced levels for early childhood learning and instruction Teachers are eager for further training, which will continue and deepen the pilot’s practical approaches in Indonesa as well as other parts of the global community.  “The UNESCO-Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers is awarded every two years to projects that have made outstanding contributions to improving the quality of teaching and learning, especially in developing countries or within marginalized or disadvantaged communities” (n.d.).

One job opportunity that enticed my interest for employment was the position that Save the Children has posted in early childhood. The job title is Educational manager and the skills associated with this job entails providing effective implementation of a research-based curriculum, while incorporating recognized “best practices” in the fields of Early Childhood and Special Education; as well as providing educational resources for staff and parents. Under the supervision of the Program Director, and working as the supervisor of education staff, the Education Manager oversees the implementation of the education services at all sites and works with all local educational institutions and other STC Head Start partners. The Educational manager also must also oversee Coordinates the Education and Early Childhood Development content area of the Head Start program. Works closely with the program director and other admin/management staff to ensure adequate supplies and equipment are available in classrooms and centers and that schedules and activities are age- and developmentally-appropriate. Attends home visits, parent conferences, and IEP meetings when requested or as needed. Visit each site and all classrooms routinely to conduct observations, provide training and technical assistance, coaching and mentoring. I believe I would be a great fit for since it is part of my duties of a head teacher here at my Head Start school.

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