With the right support in the early years of life, girls and boys can grow to reach their full developmental potential – learning, innovating, and accomplishing their goals. Studies indicate that every dollar invested in quality early childhood care generates a return of eight dollars over a lifetime. Yet, an estimated 250 million children younger than five in low and middle income countries are at risk of falling short of their potential. This not only has long-term effects on individuals, but also contributes to the cycle of poverty, inequality, and social exclusion that affects all countries.
On Monday, May 1, 2017 join Aga Khan Foundation Canada and the Alliance for Human Development for a symposium exploring how tested approaches to early childhood development can be integrated into global development programming and policy. Growing gains – Advancing Early Childhood Development will present findings from the recent Lancet series on early childhood development, and illuminate how Canada contributes to advancing this field nationally and globally. Join several authors of the Lancet series, other experts, and policymakers for a series of interactive sessions, engaging talks, and stimulating discussion.
Monday, May 1, 2017
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (reception to follow)
The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
199 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON
• Dr. Stephen Lye, Executive Director, Alliance for Human Development; Senior Investigator, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute
• Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health, Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids); Co-Director, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health; and Founding Director, Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University
• Dr. Pia Britto, Chief and Senior Advisor, Early Childhood Development, UNICEF
More speakers to be announced soon!