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Centre for Research on Social Inclusion

Social Inclusion, Civil Society and Early Childhood Programs

Date: Friday, 11 September
Time: 3-5pm
Venue: Function Room E11A - By the Lake followed by Reception

**Please RSVP to: cheryl.murray@mq.edu.au by 1st September 2009**

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Organised and hosted by:

International Joint Learning Initiative on Children and Ethnic Diversity (JLICED)

through Macquarie University's Institute of Early Childhood

and Centre for Research on Social Inclusion (CRSI)

About the JLICED

The Joint Learning Initiative on Children and Ethnic Diversity (JLICED) is an international research consortia involving over 80 specialist researchers around the globe. Professor Jacqueline Hayden is coordinating a JLICED team which is investigating the relationship of civil society organizations and social inclusion, with a focus on the development and delivery of early childhood programs within divided societies.

About the Colloquium

This colloquium will provide a unique opportunity for staff and students to discuss with renowned international specialists regarding issues on social inclusion, civil society and early childhood programs.

Opening and welcome by Professor Gail Whiteford, Pro Vice Chancellor (Social Inclusion)

The panel includes:

Dr Fernando Jiovani Arias (Colombia), Founder and Director of "FundaciĆ³n Dos Mundos" - Delivering programs for families affected by armed conflict in Colombia.

Prof Jacqueline Hayden (Australia), Professor of Early Childhood and Social Inclusion, Macquarie University.

Ms Liana Ghent (Hungary), Executive Director of International Step by Step Association - Delivering early childhood programs to Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Dr Deepa Grover (Switzerland and International), Regional Adviser on Early Childhood Development at UNICEF.

Prof Sharon Lynn Kagan (USA), Co-Director of the National Center for Children and Families, Columbia University; and Professor Adjunct at Yale University's Child Study Center, author of 13 books on early childhood education.

Mr Probak Karim (Bangladesh), Director, PLAN, Bangladesh, co-author of Instructional Materials for Primary School children in Bangladesh and of the Basic Literacy Materials package for adult illiterates of urban slums.

Dr Mary A Moran (USA and International), ECD Specialist for Child Fund International, delivering programs to 31 countries worldwide.

Ms Kate Ramsay (Australia and International), Senior Program Manager for Education and Early Childhood Programs at Plan International, Australia.

Ms Nyambura Rugoiyo (Netherlands and International), Early Childhood Development Program Specialist for Eastern Africa, Bernard van Leer Foundation.