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The Organisation Mondiale Pour la Education Prescholaire (OMEP) (World Association for Early Childhood Education) has a long history in defence and promotion of the rights of the child to education and care worldwide. OMEP was founded in 1948 in Prague as an international, non-governmental and non-profit organisation concerned to defend and promote the rights of the child with a special emphasis on young children’s right to education and care. In the 1940s and 50s OMEP was also concerned with promoting Peace education, and in recent years its work has increasingly focused upon Education for Sustainable Development in Early Childhood (ESDEC).

OMEP also seeks to:

  • Collect and disseminating information and facilitating the understanding of the needs of early childhood worldwide,

  • Promote study and research related to early childhood education and care,

  • Encourage family education in connection with early childhood education and care,

  • Encourage the training of personnel for early childhood education and care,

  • Organise international and regional conferences and symposia,

  • Facilitate direct links and personal contacts between all members by various media,

  • Establish working relationships with other appropriate world organisations.

OMEP is currently established in over 70 countries and is represented at meetings of UNESCO, UNICEF, and other international organisations with similar aims. For more information about OMEP see )

Supporting Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

In considering the challenges of climate change in Kenya and throughout the world it is clear that it is most significantly the lives and livelihoods of young children that are at stake. Today’s children will bear a disproportionate share of the impact, both in the immediate and longer-term (Oxfam, 2009, IDS, 2010).

OMEP Kenya has been contributing towards the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development in developing new teacher training resources to support high quality ESD in ECCE. OMEP Kenya also participated in the development a trials of the OMEP Environmnetal rating Scale for Sustainable Development in early Childhood (ERS-SDEC) See: Macharia, M., and Kimani, N. (2016) Early Childhood Education for Sustainable Development in Siraj-Blatchford, J., Park, E., and Mogharreban, C. (Eds.) International Research on Education for Sustainable Development in Early Childhood, Springer Books

See also: Free to download OMEP Book : Education for Sustainable Development in the Early Years

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President Lilian Atieno Okal represented OMEP Kenya at the 2016 OMEP World Assembly and Conference in Seoul, Korea in July. OMEP Kenya has full national membership of the OMEP World Assembly. Download: Report Download: Presentation.

Lilian at 2016 Assembly






Are you an Early Childhood Teacher, a Parent, Carer, a Student, or a Trainer seeking to learn more about Early Childhood Care and Education in Kenya? To learn more and get involved please send us a friend request at facebook:

We owe a big thank you to OMEP UK for their continuing finacial support.

If YOU are able to help us with any funding at this early stage in our development please contact the OMEP Kenya Secretary: Mercy Macharia




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