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									  European Week of Regions and
Cities Open Days 8-11 October 2007

Linking Early Childhood Services from Northern Ireland
                in Europe and Beyond.

  Siobhan Fitzpatrick CEO NIPPA - the Early Years
                 Organisation (N.I.)

        Ingrid Jones Director Balkans Region
Overview of Presentation
• About NIPPA
• Overview of the International Project supported by
  Special Support Programme for Peace and
  Reconciliation Measure 4.1.
• Two examples from the programme
  Strategic Partnership in Eastern Europe and
  International Network on Peace Building through Early
  Years services
• Perspective from the Balkans
• Lessons Learned and Future Plans
NIPPA - the Early Years Organisation
the organisation for young children in

 • Established in 1965- shaped and developed against the
   background of “the Troubles”

 • 1200 member groups-cross community play groups, day
   care, parent and toddler, after school, and nursery
• Employing 5,000 part time and full time staff

• 1990s growing focus on anti sectarianism and influence
  from Europe and Internationally - USA, Italy, New Zealand.

• 1996 recognised by European Union as Intermediary
  Funding Body for the Special Support Programme for
  Peace and Reconciliation

• I996-2006 distributed £40 million across the early childhood
  sector with a focus on investing in young children and their
  parents as a way of growing a new society

• 2001 Key note address at World Forum in Athens to share
  this work to an international audience.
Project supported by Special Support
Programme for Peace and
Reconciliation Measure 4.1

• To provide opportunities for the early years community in Northern
  Ireland to share best practice at a European and International Level.

• To early childhood professionals and policy makers from Albania,
  Belarus, Moldova, Poland, Serbia and Ukraine to the NIPPA modal
  of early childhood development.

• To create an international Network of early childhood experts with a
  focus on peace building through early childhood interventions.
Strategic Partnership in Eastern

•   To develop capacity and implement a model of early childhood services in
    Albania, Belarus, Moldova, Poland, Ukraine and Serbia based on the
    NIPPA model but tailored to meet the needs of each particular context.

•   22 weeks training delivered to 140 staff on community development, child
    development and child centred practice, inclusion and respecting difference.

•   4 week study visit by staff and representatives from Ministries of Education
    to Northern Ireland to observe the NIPPA model in practice.

•   Translation of NIPPA materials into Polish, Russian and Albanian.

•   Twinning of village play groups in Northern Ireland to provide resources and
    equipment for rural play groups in Belarus and Albania.

•   Joint learning initiatives on issues such as working with Traveller and Roma
    families and Respecting Difference
 International Network on Early
 Childhood in Conflict and Post
 Conflict Societies

• Working Forum Belfast 2004

• 13 countries sharing practice and
  experience on issues facing young
  children and families in conflict and
  post conflict societies (Albania,
  Bosnia, Croatia, Chad, Colombia,
  Israel, Palestine, South Africa,
  Nepal, Northern Ireland, U.S.A. New
  Guinea, Rwanda).
• Strategic programme of work 2004-2007 on sharing
  lessons and solutions to peace building through services
  for young children and families

• Key out put a recently published book “From Conflict to
  Peace Building the Power of Early Childhood Services”

• Extension of the network to include representatives from
  Burundi, Sri Lanka, Iraq and Afghanistan.

• Strategy 2007 -2010 focusing on advocacy, research
  and training
Balkans Perspective Benefits of
Partnership with NIPPA
• Enhancement of the NGO staff in 4 countries and early
  childhood service providers skills to meet the
  developmental needs of preschool children.

• Provision of resources and methods to increase the
  activities that are provided for the children to increase
  their intellectual abilities, fine motor skills and

• Increase in mothers’ and other caregivers understanding
  of the importance of play and fun to children’s learning
  and education.

• The applicability of using local easily available resources
  as mediums of learning and creativity.
Balkans Perspective

• Creation of child-centred spaces where children can
  explore their ideas and have free choice in learning
• Raising the standards of preschool teaching;
• Encouraging the participation of parents in their
  children’s education.
• Provision of preschool education in remote rural areas,
  where service provision is limited.
• Raising the government and communities’ awareness of
  the importance of preschool education to children’s
    Lessons Learned
•   As a region Northern Ireland has much to share in Europe and beyond

•   Sharing and learning is a two way street

•   Importance of the process-
    relationship building, partnership, ability to provide first hand experience
    of the NIPPA model in practice, flexibility in implementation, importance
    of documentation and evaluation, committing for the long term.

•   Significance of European programme funding such as Measure 4.1 in
    giving visibility, credibility to our work both inside and outside Northern
    Ireland and providing leverage to other sources of funding.

•   Importance of work with young children and families and research
    evidence from this work as part of a wider strategy of peace building and
    conflict resolution
    Future Plans
•   Continued and enhanced programme of work across Eastern and Central
    Europe with a specific focus on community capacity building and

•   Continued expansion and development of International Network on Peace
    building -2007-2010 a programme of work with a focus on research,
    training and advocacy.

•   Dissemination of the book “From Conflict to Peace Building” -35,000
    copies to be distributed this Autumn in USA, followed by individual country

•   Major programme of longitudinal research in Northern Ireland on the
    impact of the NIPPA approach to tackling sectarianism, racism and
    bullying in young children, their teachers and parents.

•   International Conference on Early Childhood and Peace building
A final thought

“ No child is born hating another child because of the colour
of their skin, or her background or her religion. People must
    learn to hate and if they can learn to hate they can be
taught to love , for love comes more naturally to the human
                    heart than its opposite”
                                              Nelson Mandela

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