Call for expressions of interest: Interdisciplinary conference and/or workshop


What is the relationship between the millennium development goals and early childhood development and education?

A longstanding client has suggested that there is scope for an international conference and/or workshop to discuss this topic, in 2012, and wish to guage the level of interest in this initiative.

The proposed conference dates are 23 to 25 April 2012, in Cape Town, immediately following the World Association of Child and Infant Mental Health conference which is also taking place in Cape Town.

Keynote speakers and presenters who have already expressed interest in the conference are:

Dr Graham Vimpani, Professor of Community Child Health and Head of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Newcastle, Australia.   He is a community paediatrician with a longstanding interest in promoting child development through a range of social policies and early intervention strategies that address the support needs of families with young children.  His research interests have spanned childhood injury prevention, child protection, the impact of lead on child development, the evaluation of home visiting and the links between socio-economic inequality and child health.

Norma Rudolph, renowned ECD specialist in systemic action research and communication for social change, focusing on child rights, appreciative inquiry, teacher development, and evaluation studies.  Norma is the Senior Researcher within the HIV/AIDS Programme at the Children's Institute, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Dr Xoliswa Mtose, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Fort Hare. Her main task is to drive the faculty’s vision to be a world-class Southern African Education Faculty, preparing 21st century educators who are critical, creative problem-solvers, initiators and leaders in education. Dr Mtose obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Fort Hare and her Higher Diploma in Education (Primary) from the University of Cape Town.  She has an Honours degree from Rhodes University, a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Stellenbosch, and a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  She was awarded a Harvard/South African Scholarship, during which the seeds of her doctoral studies on race and identity were planted.

Dr Linda Newman, Associate Professor and Director International in the School of Education, Programme Chair of the Early Childhood Programme Management Committee, and Convenor of the Masters of Early Childhood Education in the Faculty of Education and Arts at the University of Newcastle, Australia.  Prior to joining the university sector, Associate Professor Newman worked as early childhood teacher and ECD intervention teacher in ECD centres for about 15 years;  she was instrumental in establishing of one of the earliest early childhood intervention services for children with disabilities in her state, and taught adults in the vocational education sector.  Since joining the higher education sector, she has jointly led several large projects to introduce blended and flexible learning practices into teacher education programmes and introduced a community-of-practice-based approach to professional experience for pre-service early childhood educators.  Prof Newman’s recent work is as part of an international partnership between Australia and Chile to develop a professional learning programme and community capacity building approach to ECD, with a focus on early literacy development in communities affected by poverty .

If you

·        are interested in submitting a paper or presentation at this conference, please send an e-mail to us at and we will ensure that you receive a formal call for papers 

Expressions of interest must reach us by 31 August 2011

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The response to this call for expressions of interest will be used as one of the ways of determining the feasibility for this conference.