The Mother Child Education Program (MOCEP) draws on three decades of research and was developed for mothers with children between 5 and 6 years of age who have not had access to pre-school education. MOCEP was developed by AÇEV, and transferred to several countries in Europe and also in the Arabic region.
This report1 covers the proceedings of the Founding Forum of the Arab Network for Early Childhood Development (ANECD). The three-day meeting included 24 presentations related to networking and ECD challenges globally and in Arab countries. The participants adopted a Concluding Document with recommendations and a road map for the deployment of the Network.
ECCD is about recognizing that the child’s education is the interaction with his/her environment, especially people an
d knowledge. Newly internalized information requires new skills and therefore our approach relates also to information, values, beliefs, attitudes, and skills.
Despite the last years remarkable progresses made, children in the Arabic region still suffer a serious discrimination
regarding the services and opportunities offered to them. Caregivers are in need of supportive resources in
Arabic, and parents encounter serious challenges regarding this issue.
The first parenting programme is aimed at mothers of children ages 5 to 6 living in Palestinian refugee camps and earby disadvantaged communities in Lebanon. The other programme focuses on parents of vulnerable children in a younger age group (from conception to age 5). This programme features a parent-to-parent training course and discussion opportunities that impart early childhood knowledge to poor parents in areas of Lebanon and Egypt with low access to services.