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Themes and strands

Today, children of the world have a stronger position than before. Children have the right to express their opinions and influence decisions that affect them. How can we work for a better future, individually and collectively, with and for all children? How can we work together to develop cultural identities within a social and ecological "everyday life"- context? How can we support culture focusing on a democratic and sustainable society?

Keynote speeches and sessions

There will be five keynotes during the congress, read more ...
There will also be five parallel sessions for presentations. Delegates are invited to send in proposals for presentations, posters and discussions within the Congress theme and strands.  The three strands are presented below.  Please, choose a strand for your contribution.
To sign up for a proposal >> (Opens October 15)

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

How do we build purposeful and professional learning structures that incorporate the social, economic, and ecological aspects of education for sustainable development? How can organisations that work with children affect behaviour patterns that contribute to sustainable societies?

  • Policy and Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) local, national, international
  • ESD in preschool/school practice
  • Life-style, related to nature, economy, cultural and social life
  • Ecology and ECEC
  • Citizenship
  • Diversity
  • ESD research in ECEC


Gender equity and equal rights

As boys and girls grow up they are greatly affected by social and cultural conventions, that are steered by traditional gender roles and gender patterns. How can we consciously practise gender education and give boys and girls equal opportunities to develop and test different identities?

  • Boys' and girls' play environments, indoors and outdoors
  • Children's rights and perspectives of children
  • Evaluation and assessment
  • Consumption and marketing
  • Media
  • The teaching profession, female and male teachers

Different childhoods

Childhood conditions vary greatly within and between the nations of the world. And, childhood is shaped within cultural and social traditions. How can we improve the conditions and thereby contribute to the realisation of the UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015?

  • Children and their environments (living conditions, family, migration, transnationality)
  • Health and well-being
  • Children's virtual worlds
  • Everyday lives and leisure time
  • Differences in parenthood and families
  • Early Childhood Educaton and Care (organisation and pedagogical approaches)