Sunday, April 1, 2012

Jobs/Roles in the ECE Community: Internationally

Organizacion Mundial Para La Educacion Preescolar( In English World Organization for Early Childhood Education)
OMEP has national committees in over 60 countries divided into five geographical regions: Africa, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Europe, Latin America, and North America and the Caribbean. The officers of the World Assembly are the President, the five regional Vice-presidents, and the Treasurer. For more information about World OMEP, visit the website at For a list of national committees in each of the five regions, including contact information, visit
National OMEP Committees: National committees (sometimes referred to as national chapters or national organizations) promote the aims of World OMEP and participate in World OMEP projects. They also develop projects of their own.

OMEP-USA: OMEP-USA, formally known as the U.S National Committee (OMEP-USNC), is one of more than 60 national organizations in World OMEP. OMEP-USA is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the full membership. The Board convenes twice a year, in the fall during the NAEYC Annual Conference and in the spring in tandem with other conferences and meetings. Click here for more information about OMEP USA. Click here for the Board of Directors roster.

I am a member of OMEP-USA and because it is an all-volunteer organization, there are not career opportunities available. OMEP does offer many workshops and activities for its members in order to enhance our knowledge-base where global awareness of issues and trends of early childhood are concerned. I chose this particular organization because I have always wanted to explore early childhood from a global perspective and I am able to do so with this organization.

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As I read the vision and accomplish of fhi 360, I was intrigued by them.  With the intentions of being a part of the solution to global issues of hunger, education, and other social challenges, fhi 360 has, “worked with 1,400 partners in 125 countries, forging strong relationships with governments, diverse organizations, the private sector and communities” (fhi 360,  2012).
They have many career opportunities, but nothing that I am interested in. The good thing about their career is that they do offer international positions to applicants, which would give individuals an chance to travel to different parts of the world.

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I love the philosophy of International Step by Step Association:
ISSA promotes open society values in education and society, equal access to quality education for all children, strong family involvement, and community participation to help every child reach his or her full potential. We believe that children learn best when they are active participants in the learning process. ISSA’s programs encourages children to express their ideas creatively, to help one another, to develop critical thinking skills and to practice responsible living by learning to make choices. We recognize that each child is unique and seek to meet his or her individual educational needs in the classroom.
We build on the principle that parents are the primary educators of children and we strive for active parent participation and community involvement in the education process. ISSA aims to encourage democratic ideas and principles and actions within young children and their families. These principles are crucial to developing a lifelong love of learning, which engenders success in an open and free society (ISSA, 2012).
This is another membership based organization, but it sounds as if it would exciting to work for.
ISSA. (2012). 

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  1. Kali,
    You have shared three wonderful resources that are new to me. I briefly looked through them. fhi360 looks particularly interesting because of its health component. ISSA's statement "Access is no longer considered sufficient if it is not accompanied by quality, supported by motivated and competent individuals, as well as adequate systems and frameworks." reinforces what we have learned throughout this program. I will certainly refer back to these when I have more time.
    Thank you, great post!

  2. Thank you Susan!

    It has been a great learning experience, wouldn't you say?

  3. Kali,

    You chose some very interesting organizations topice. You chose to explore more into tremendous organizations that is truly making a difference in the world. However, I was drawn to the ISSA as it focuses on family involvement and I believe that is important in a child's education and development because like they say learning begins at home. You mentioned the position of a Program Coordinator. I believe this would be a great job for anyone who has a passion for this and the skills you listed are greatly needed for a position such as this.

    Great post I enjoyed reading it!

  4. Kali,
    I chose some of the same organizations you chose, and I found them to enhence the the lives of children. I am always excited about oranization whose primary gold is to care for the health and welfare of children.

  5. Kali,
    Thanks for sharing your resources. I am glad to see something other than what was given to us and I am glad you are a member of the organization already. Great Post!

  6. The International Step by Step organization sounds very interesting. All of your organizations sound as if they would offer wonderful opportunities for you.

  7. Kali,

    We both selected some of the same organizations that we feel are great organizations to research and work with. Great Post and I wish you much success in your future endeavors!