Early Childhood Peace Consortium Inaugural Event
Taking Academic Action
Scientific Evidence Chair
"We need to take action to make our world a better place for our children and for future generations. The academic community will be one of the partners in this important undertaking to refine and implement in a sustainable fashion ECD programs of proven value."
James F. Leckman, MD, Neison Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychology and Pediatrics at Yale University, ECPC Launch Event 20 Sept 2013
The Epigenetic Evidence
"The experience of the child is 'biologically embedded' and serves to influence health and capacity over the lifespan" and that "this effect is apparent even at the level of the DNA of the individual; the activity of genes implicated in brain development and function is directly regulated by the social environment."
Dr. Michael Meaney, Professor of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University and Adjunct Senior Investigator in the Singapore Institute for Clinical Studies, ECPC Launch Event 20 Sept 2013
Surest Pathway Toward Peace Building
"Supporting early childhood development as well as transforming families, causes ripple effects to the community. This is at the core of societal development and is possibly the most enduring and the surest pathway toward peace building."
Çiğdem Kağıtçıbaşı, Ph.D, Professor of Psychology at Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey. A founding member of AÇEV. ECPC Launch Event 20 Sept 2013
A Network of Alliances
Violence Prev/Peace Promotion Panelist
Network on Peace Building/UNA: Marked the development of successful strategies to implement programs in situations of emergency, high vulnerability, fragility and conflict, and demonstrated the importance of network alliances and partnerships in the process of peace building through ECD.