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Welcome to the 21st PECERA Annual International Conference

July 2nd - 4th 2021

Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand 

Visionary navigators: Advocating for children, families and early childhood education.

Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.

We extend a warm welcome to Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington and to the 21st PECERA Annual International Conference.

Following the postponement of the conference from July 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is truly a delight to be going ahead with the conference this year, using a blended delivery approach. Our international delegates will be joining us online for the conference while our New Zealand participants will be able to attend the conference onsite at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. Organising the conference in this way allows us all to participate, while staying safe and avoiding the challenges of expensive and unpredictable international air travel and the managed isolation and quarantine requirements for people entering New Zealand. Further information regarding how we have organised the conference for both onsite and online participants is available on the website.

Our conference theme – Visionary navigators: Advocating for children, families and early childhood education - guided by the whakatauākī or proverbial saying of Tamamutu:

“Kia pai te whakatere i te waka kei pariparia e te tai, ka mōnenehu te kura nei”

Steer the canoe carefully or our treasures will be drenched by the sea spray

Ko te whakatauākī e iri mai nā te whetū tarake i te rangi e ārahi ana i a tātou, ngā kai urungi i te waka mātauranga; kua whakakotahi nei ki te hāpai ake i ngā tamariki, i ngā whānau kia ū ki ngā one o Angitū, ā haere ake nei.

As the visionary navigators throughout the Pacific Ocean were guided in relationships with and by the stars, in the same way those who navigate the oceans of education must be guided by the signs of success, in respectful relationships with children, their whānau/families and communities to arrive in fulfilment of potential; so shall it be.

Our conference programme provides opportunities for those involved with early childhood education and care across the Pacific and Asia-Pacific Rim to come together and engage with research that supports us in our advocacy work for children, families and the early childhood profession. The programme includes outstanding keynote speakers and the opportunity to engage with research presentations and conversations that support advocacy across the following sub-themes:

  • ECEC policy
  • ECEC pedagogy
  • Sustainability for indigenous languages and cultures
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Children’s learning needs and special education
  • Professional practice
  • Teacher professional learning
  • ECEC leadership
  • Advocacy in ECEC
  • Children’s and families’ wellbeing

We are also delighted to announce a further call for abstracts for both paper and poster presentations.  Click here for more details.

With all our best wishes

Ngā mihi nui

Associate Professor Sue Cherrington
Director, Institute for Early Childhood Studies
On behalf of the 21st PECERA Annual International Conference organising committee


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