The Global Africa Early Childhood Education Forum (GACEF) is an annual event that brings together educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders from across Africa to discuss the latest trends and best practices in early childhood education. The forum is a valuable opportunity for participants to share their experiences and learn from each other in order to improve the quality of early childhood education in Africa.
This year’s GACEF focused on the theme of “Early Childhood Education in the 21st Century: Nurturing the Future of Africa.” The forum explored the challenges and opportunities of providing quality early childhood education in a rapidly changing world. Participants discussed the role of technology, culture, and heritage in early childhood education, and they also heard from keynote speakers who are experts in the field.
Here are the details for Forum:
- Date: November 24, 2023
- Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- Location: C.I.B.T NEAR GNAT HALL
- Cost: Free
Panel discussion on the topic “relevance of promoting tourism through culture and heritage in early child education :Moderator and panel
PANELIST Moderator (WH. Kobina Adomadzi)
Rev. Esther Adogla (Proprietress, Holy Hill Top International School.
Nana Asase (Poet & Board Member, National Folklore Board)
Mr. Kusi Atta Kakra (Deputy Head Of Corporate Affairs. (Ghana Tourism Authority)
Tina Ross (Financial Secretary,TOUGHA)
|8:00 AM to 9:00 AM||Exhibition|
|9:00 AM to 9:10 AM||Arrival and registration by participants|
|9:10 AM to 9:20 AM||Artistic performance|
|9:20 AM to 9:30 AM||Opening prayer|
|9:30 AM to 9:40 AM||Opening remarks||Pastor Bernard Boeheng (Chairman, EARLYFEST)|
|9:40 AM to 9:50 AM||Welcoming of dignitaries and forum review||Mr. Joshua Nyumuah Nartey (Vice Chairman, GNECC)|
|9:50 AM to 10:00 AM||Forum opening||Hon. John Ntim Fordjour (Deputy Minister For Education)|
|10:00 AM to 11:00 AM||Opening speeches (10 minutes each)||Mrs. Bernice Ann Deh – Kumah (C.E.O, National Folklore Board), Mrs. Benice Mpere Gyekye, Mr. Enoch Kwesi Gyentuah (Executive Director, GNACOPS), Mr. Kwesi Atta Kakra (Deputy Head Of Corporate Affairs, Ghana Tourism Authority), Mr. Alisa Asamoah (President, TOUGHA), Department Of Children, NAGRAT|
|11:00 AM to 11:30 AM||SNACKS BREAK|
|11:30 AM to 11:40 AM||Keynote speaker||Dr. Nana Yaa Nyarko (Child Study Centre, University Of Ghana)|
|11:50 AM to 12:00 PM||Keynote guest||Prof. Dr. Samuel Awinkere Atintono (Principal, Accra College Of Education)|
|12:00 PM to 12:10 PM||Special guest of honor||Mrs. Ama Serwah Nequaye – Tetteh (Secretary General, Ghana Commission For UNESCO)|
|12:10 PM to 1:10 PM||Panel discussion on the topic “relevance of promoting tourism through culture and heritage in early child education”||Moderator: WH. Kobina Adomadzi|
|1:10 PM to 1:20 PM||Artistic interlude||Captain Jumbo (No School Drop Out Campaigner, Global Kids Right Advocate)|
|1:20 PM to 2:00 PM||Lunch break|
|2:00 PM to 3:00 PM||The role of parents in early childhood education||Moderator: Erica W. Wilson|
|3:00 PM to 3:30 PM||A talk on the extraordinary educator||Mr. Emmanuel Adentwi Jnr.|
|3:30 PM to 3:40 PM||Summary remarks||Mr. Joseph Afangbe (Executive Director, Young Visionary Leaders, Ghana And Co-Convenor, CSOs Platform On SDGs Goal 4)|
|3:40 PM to 3:50 PM||Vote of thanks||Mr. Richard Quarshie Kovey (NAGRAT)|
|3:50 PM to 3:55 PM||Closing prayer|
|3:55 PM to 5:00 PM||Networking|
The Importance of Early Childhood Education
Early childhood education is essential for the development of children’s cognitive, social, and emotional skills. Studies have shown that children who receive quality early childhood education are more likely to succeed in school and in life. They are also more likely to be healthy and have positive social relationships.
In Africa, early childhood education is often neglected. Many children do not have access to quality early childhood education programs. This is a serious problem, as it can have a significant impact on children’s development and future success.
The GACEF’s Role in Promoting Early Childhood Education
The GACEF is working to promote early childhood education in Africa by:
- Providing a platform for educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders to share their experiences and learn from each other
- Raising awareness of the importance of early childhood education
- Advocating for increased investment in early childhood education programs
The Future of Early Childhood Education in Africa
The future of early childhood education in Africa is bright. There is growing recognition of the importance of early childhood education, and there is increasing investment in early childhood education programs. However, there are still many challenges that need to be addressed. These challenges include:
- The need for more qualified early childhood educators
- The need for more affordable early childhood education programs
- The need for more early childhood education programs that are culturally relevant
The GACEF is committed to working with partners to address these challenges and to ensure that all African children have access to quality early childhood education.
The Day 1 of the GACEF is expected to be a resounding success. Participants will leave the event feeling inspired and empowered to make a difference in the lives of African children. The forum would serve as a valuable opportunity to share experiences, learn from experts, and build connections with others who are passionate about early childhood education.
The GACEF is an important event that is going to help promote early childhood education in Africa. The forum would provide a platform for educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders to share their experiences and learn from each other. The GACEF is also raising awareness of the importance of early childhood education and advocating for increased investment in early childhood education programs.
The future of early childhood education in Africa is bright. The GACEF is committed to working with partners to ensure that all African children have access to quality early childhood education.