Abu Dhabi (Etihad)
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority, the Authority announced the activation of knowledge innovation groups within the “Wed” global initiative for early childhood development, which it launched last March, with the aim of creating a local platform And an international organization based in Abu Dhabi, to promote innovation and disseminate knowledge in everything related to early childhood development.
The authority revealed the completion of the appointment of cognitive innovation groups that will be responsible for research contributing to the development of methods and frameworks related to early childhood development, and the development of implementable recommendations within the initiative. These groups include Cecilia Vaca-Jones, Executive Director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation and Head of Knowledge Innovation Groups at the Wed Initiative – Chairperson, and Omar Saif Ghobash, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Cultural Affairs and Public Diplomacy, Co-Chair of Knowledge Innovation Groups – Chair. Participants, in addition to 21 specialists with extensive experience and knowledge from international institutions such as UNICEF, the World Bank, UNESCO and Harvard University, as well as many private sector institutions, such as Apple, YouTube and IKEA. It also includes a select group of academics, professionals, innovators, community policy makers, representatives from the private sector, supporters and caregivers.
The knowledge innovation groups held over 100 strategic planning sessions and met with more than 65 parents, children, educators and early childhood development experts in the UAE, as part of their work towards creating a series of innovative solutions that promote the overall healthy development of Abu Dhabi, and support children, parents and caregivers. Care helps overcome some of the most common challenges and obstacles during the early years of a child’s growth and development.
While the cadres work in coordination with a variety of technology companies and international media institutions, in addition to a number of government agencies such as the Department of Community Development in Abu Dhabi, the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge, and the Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination. The groups also conduct independent research and studies on Important topics include the time children spend looking at screens, the use of technology in the home, and the importance of playing and socializing with children.
The authority indicated that it is expected that several organizations and bodies will join as contributors to the initiative, so that the initiative will boost its work during the current year 2021, especially as it enjoys an effective contribution and active participation from around the world, including South America, North America, Canada, Europe, Singapore, Australia and the GCC countries. Gulf Cooperation. UNICEF also confirmed its strategic participation as one of the main partners and collaborators with the Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority and the Wed initiative.
She explained that cognitive innovation groups are the driving force of the “Wed” initiative, and its mission revolves around achieving the initiative’s goals for the year 2021, through three pillars: human technology for children, lifestyle in the 21st century, emotional well-being and social interaction. The outputs of the groups’ sessions will also include recommendations related to policies and legislation, the creation of specialized programs and related innovative initiatives, and work on product development, as well as guidelines for addressing the most prominent issues.
The knowledge innovation groups work under the supervision and guidance of the Board of Trustees of the Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority and government agencies concerned with early childhood development in Abu Dhabi. Their role is to develop a comprehensive methodology for thinking, design and innovation, transforming ideas into actions, investing in early childhood development, and building a generation of Conscious youth who possess the knowledge and skills necessary to overcome current challenges, adapt to future changes and contribute to building a better society.
The “Wad” initiative has also chosen members of knowledge innovation groups with diverse experiences, who are able to assess long-term challenges in everything related to early childhood development, and develop practical and implementable recommendations that are coordinated in attractive and innovative frameworks that keep pace with the directions of the Abu Dhabi Childhood Authority. early stage” and seeks to implement it based on human intelligence and artificial intelligence.
Cecilia Vaca-Jones said: “Knowledge innovation groups at all levels and in all fields will work with parents, children, partners, government policy makers, civil society, scientific research institutions, social investment funds, innovation centers, as well as private sector institutions, with the aim of promoting and developing the early childhood sector locally and globally. By adopting and implementing the intervention strategies emanating from the initiative and applying them in all possible ways.
She added: “We are all excited and look forward to receiving the first recommendations and results of the cognitive innovation groups, which will help us in building our strategy and drawing our plan for the next phase. The team of these groups will deal with the long-term challenges related to early childhood development, with new methods and innovative approaches.”
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Omar Saif Ghobash said: “The approach taken by the joint working group provides us with an opportunity to benefit from a global group of experts in the field of early childhood development on a global level, by focusing on one mission, which is to help the Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority provide the best possible environment for giving our children the best possible environment. The right opportunity in life for each of them and the opportunity they deserve. These new programmes, policies and initiatives that we are launching here in Abu Dhabi can become approved models for early childhood development for adoption by various countries around the world.”
Dr. Nikki Martin, Head of the Early Childhood Studies Program at Golf Humber University and a member of the Cognitive Innovation Groups, said: “I am truly honored to be part of this humanitarian cause, as our program will add positive value to all children from 0 to 8 years old around the world. . With our increasing dependence on technology these days, it is necessary to pause for a while and reflect and look closely at the reality of our children and how they are affected by changes and challenges, in order to benefit from them positively.
The mission of the Wed Global Initiative for Early Childhood Development is embodied in preparing a platform that contributes to the implementation of the central foundations of the Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority’s strategy, which is to launch systems and platforms that drive excellence and innovation in the fields of early childhood development throughout the emirate. It contributes to achieving the Authority’s endeavors, which aim to promote the optimal growth of the child and enhance his well-being from pregnancy until the age of 8 years, and to achieve the vision of the early childhood sector strategy in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi 2035, which is that every young child enjoys health and wellness, has self-confidence and is curious to know. Able to learn and develop solid values in a safe and supportive family environment in Abu Dhabi.
The Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority is keen to monitor the most prominent challenges facing children and propose effective solutions to address them by leading and unifying efforts and mobilizing global resources, expertise and competencies in the fields of early childhood development, and crystallizing a comprehensive and clear vision on the reality of young children and their families. It also seeks to enhance global awareness of issues of concern. Linking early childhood development and encouraging public participation in the process of developing comprehensive frameworks and objective recommendations for the early childhood development sector in accordance with a proactive approach and sustainable partnerships, in addition to promoting local, regional and global best practices, and working on coordination and cooperation with the relevant authorities to develop the necessary plans for the development of early childhood programs and raising the level of related services.