About OMEP Aotearoa/ New Zealand
OMEP Aotearoa/ New Zealand is one of the country members of the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (OMEP). OMEP World is an international, interdisciplinary, non-government organisation (NGO) founded in 1948 in Prague, to benefit children under the age of 8 years throughout the world. World OMEP provides a meeting ground for representatives from a range of professions and nationalities, all concerned with the wellbeing, education and rights of young children and their families. OMEP is represented in more than 70 countries. It is affiliated to the United Nations (UN), working collaboratively with UNICEF, UNESCO and the Council of Europe. See more about OMEP world: http://worldomep.org
The aims of OMEP Aotearoa New Zealand (OMEP Aotearoa) are:
. To foster optimum development of every child in regard to physical, cultural, social, intellectual,
emotional and spiritual dimensions both in the family and in other social environments
. To promote the rights of each child and the optimum conditions for their wellbeing and happiness in their family, institutions and society
. To promote quality early childhood education in all its forms in Aotearoa New Zealand.
. To promote an approach to early childhood education that honours and works towards the
implementation of the articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
. To honour and uphold the three languages of Aotearoa New Zealand throughout the organisation: tereo Māori, English and New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL)
. To further the development of multicultural values and practices in early childhood education.
. To support any organisation, institutional group or individual activity which furthers the cause of quality early childhood education, within the limits of the organisation’s resources.
. To promote research in the area of early childhood education
. To support early childhood programmes which promote sustainability and peaceful interaction.
. To foster national and international contact, communication and information sharing
OMEP Aotearoa has five regional chapters: Auckland, Waikato, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago. We have a national chapter; Ngā Motu, for people who live outside these regions. All regions are represented at the national executive committee of OMEP Aotearoa.
OMEP Aotearoa/ New Zealand is affiliated to a number of other organisations, which advocate for young children:
Early Education Federation (EEF): https://www.earlyeducationfederation.com
Asia- Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) : https://arnec.net
Tick for Kids: https://tick4kids.flt.nz
International Play Association: http://ipaworld.org