The Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, in collaboration with Early Childhood Development Network of Pakistan (ECDNP), and key partners including Rupani Foundation, Allama Iqbal Open University, UNICEF, UNESCO, JICA, PLAN International, Foundation Open Society Institute, PARWAAN and POWER 99 Foundation organized the first ever National Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in Pakistan. The two-day Conference was held on March 27-28, 2017 at the Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad. The theme of the conference was: ‘Envisioning Holistic Early Childhood Care and Education for Pakistan: Creating an Equitable, Pluralistic and Sustainable Society’. The Conference brought together ECCE experts and practitioners to a platform to share experiences and highlight the ECCE need in Pakistan. Another key objective of the Conference was to identify and recommend strategies and actions to consolidate and expand ECCE services in Pakistan.

The President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan graced the closing session of the Conference at the invitation of the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training. Prior to that the Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training inaugurated the Conference and the Minister of State for Health presided over the plenary session on health and nutrition care in early childhood. Professor Manzoor Ahmad, a well-known expert, and founder of the Bangladesh ECD Network delivered the keynote address. In addition to the opening, closing and plenary session, the Conference featured 10 well-attended parallel sessions.

Around 447 registered delegates including senior government officials from federal and provincial governments, ECCE experts, academics, practitioners, planners, health professionals, teachers and representatives of national and international NGOs participated in the Conference. The Conference sessions listed below kept alive the interest of the participants who attended the jam-packed halls and side rooms set up for the sessions. Over 100 delegates from Pakistan and abroad presented their research and expert views at these sessions and key organizations from around the country presented their work on ECCE. The list of presenters is placed as Annex-1. More..

Conference Objectives

The national conference on ECCE conference aims to achieve the following major objectives:

  • Bring all ECCE stakeholders to one forum and instill the sense of networking and collaboration.
  • Review the current status of ECCE practices in Pakistan and chart a future course to improve and expand ECCE access.
  • Create a forum to share and learn best practices and experiences, disseminate research, and promote collaboration.
  • Create a universal understanding and consensus amongst various stakeholders regarding the practice of holistic ECCE in Pakistan.
  • Agree on a common definition of holistic ECCE, which will help bring children below age 3 into the focus who remain neglected.

ECCE Conference Program

Conference Report 2017


Envisioning Holistic Early Childhood Care and Education for Pakistan
Creating an Equitable, Pluralistic and Sustainable Society


  1. Current status of ECCE in Pakistan
  2. A holistic early childhood vision for Pakistan
  3. Policy discourses around ECCE
  4. Approaches to a holistic ECCE curriculum
  5. Innovation and best practices in teaching, learning and assessment of ECCE in the country
  1. ECCE funding: challenges and opportunities
  2. Teacher preparation for ECCE
  3. ECCE: community-based models and practices
  4. Advocacy, awareness-raising and social mobilization for ECCE.
  5. Policy interventions in early childhood care and education

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