Labour MInister meets IBE-UNESCO director-general

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Manama, Feb. 23 (BNA): Labour and Social Development Minister and Chairman of the National Child Committee, Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan, met the Director-General of the International Bureau of Education at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (IBE-UNESCO), Dr. Mmantsetsa Marope.

 The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 2nd International Biennial Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), held in Victoria, Seychelles, on February 21-23.


The meeting discussed the achievements of the kingdom in the fields of development, protection and care, which has entitled it to be among the developed countries in the field of child rights, as proved by the Committee on the Rights of the Child during the review of the periodic report of Bahrain in Geneva.


The minister welcomed cooperation with all international expertise that enhances sustainable development in the kingdom, including cooperation to develop and build a data base for early childhood.


IBE chief expressed desire to strengthen cooperation with Bahrain, and open up new horizons to exchange expertise and successful experience in this vital field.


Dr. Marope lauded Bahrain’s distinguished international status and leading regional experience in the field of child rights’ protection, in accordance with advanced systems and legislation, expressing hope to consolidate cooperation and coordination with Bahrain in various childhood-related fields, with the framework of UNESCO’s goals.


Organised by Seychelles’ Institute of Early Childhood Development (IECD) and IBE-UNESCO, the 2nd International Biennial Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) has attracted more than 250 experts in early childhood care from countries and specialised organisations.


ECCE reviews the international initiatives in the field o early childhood care and education, and highlights the best practices and successful experiences of the participating countries.