Pakistan Alliance for Early Childhood, Rupani Foundation, Allama Iqbal Open University and Karakoram International University in collaboration with development partners and Planning Commission are organising a two-day international conference on Early Childhood Development with the theme ‘The Promise of Early Childhood Development – Investing in the Early Years’. The conference will be held on 25th & 26th September 2019 at Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad.

The conference was formally launched on Wednesday, 27 February 2019 at Allama Iqbal Open University in the presence of Vice Chancellor Allama Iqbal Open University, Vice Chancellor Karakoram International University, Gilgit-Baltistan, Chairman, Pakistan Alliance for Early Childhood and Rupani Foundation, representatives from Planning Commission and the development partners.

The two-day International Conference will feature an opening session, plenaries, closing session and exhibition of workable ECD Models focusing on multi-sector approach to promote holistic ECD from conception to 8 in the country. The conference will bring together over 500 participants, including legislators and policy makers, responsible for health, nutrition, child protection, education and social welfare, ECD experts from national and international level, practitioners, researchers, donors, academicians and parent representatives to deliberate on draft policies and legislation to evolve an integrated, multi-sector approach, and how to operationalise it to promote holistic ECD in the country from conception to age 8.