Our colleague Giulia Cortellesi presenting at Early Childhood conference

Our colleague Giulia Cortellesi participated in the ISSA Conference in Ghent (Belgium). She presented the TOY for Inclusion approach, together with her Italian colleague Francesca Petrucci from Associazione 21 Luglio.

TOY for Inclusion is creating non-segregated multi generational play spaces in seven European countries: Belgium, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Slovakia and Slovenia. It is implemented in cooperation with International Step by Step Association (ISSA) and Romani Early Years Network (REYN). Click on this link to read more about TOY for Inclusion.

The focus of the 2017 Conference was: “Local Responses, Global Advances: Towards Competent Early Childhood Systems.” The speed of change in today’s world requires substantial shifts in the ways early childhood systems are designed, equipped, governed, financed and supported. Early childhood development has a tremendous importance for children, families and communities. It is time to embrace a systemic approach to addressing the critical problems that hinder children’s and families’ rights, and to learn from local responsive approaches to build competent early childhood systems.