Organisation Mondiale pour l’Éducation Préscolaire
Organización Mundial para la Educación Preescolar
World Organisation for Early Childhood Education
What is OMEP?
- An international non-government organisation (NGO) founded in 1948 to benefit children under eight years old and their families, following the devastation caused by World War II.
- An NGO concerned with advocacy for young children and their families.
- A non-partisan and non-sectarian NGO.
- An organisation affiliated to the United Nations, which has consultative status with UNICEF, UNESCO and the Council of Europe.
- OMEP has more than 64 member countries throughout the world.
- A global perspective on children’s issues and opportunity to co-operate with other international organisations with similar aims.
- Dissemination of information about related literature and research and/or conferences,
- Opportunities to network with ECE professionals, both within Aotearoa/NZ and the World.
- Publication of two journals per year called “International Journal of Early Childhood”
Chapters: Members elect their local Chapter Committee at an A.G.M.
National Executives: Each member country is expected to elect a National President and Committee. These committees uphold the Aims and Objectives of OMEP World and their country’s constitution both of which provide guidance for action.
Asia-Pacific Region: Aotearoa/New Zealand is one of 14 member countries in the Asia-Pacific region:- Aotearoa/NZ, Australia, Bangladesh, P. R. China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand.
Regional Assemblies: Each of these five regions hold a smaller Assembly each year.
World Assemblies and conferences: This is OMEP’s decision making body. All member countries are invited to send a delegate to an Annual 2-Day World Assembly in one of the 64 member countries. Every three years the Assembly is called a World Congress -this is a much bigger event.
World Executive: OMEP World Executive is the governing body. It comprises the World President, Treasurer, Secretary and 5 Vice-Presidents, from each of the following Regions: Europe; Africa; Asia- Pacific; North America & the Caribbean; and Latin America.
Aims and Objectives of OMEP Aotearoa/New Zealand:
- To foster optimum development of every child in regard to physical, cultural, social, intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimensions both in the family and other social environments.
- To advocate on behalf of children and their families.
- To promote quality ECE in all its forms in Aotearoa/ New Zealand.
- To promote a bicultural approach to the provision of ECE within the spirit of the Treaty of Waitangi.
- To further the development of multi-cultural values and practices in ECE.
- To promote for each child the optimum conditions for their wellbeing in their families, institutions and society.
- To support any organisation, institutional group or individual activity which furthers the cause of quality ECE within the limits of the organisation’s resources.
- To support research in the area of ECE which furthers understanding and provides direction as to appropriate provision.
- To support early childhood programmes which promote peaceful interaction.
- To foster international contact, communication and meetings of early childhood educators.
National Executive 2016
Dr Lia de Vocht-van Alphen (Chair)