Early Childhood Development Virtual University
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The Early Childhood Development Virtual University (ECDVU) grew out of a series of ECD training seminars (Summer Institutes) initiated by UNICEF in 1994/95. After delivering several programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa, ECDVU ceased operations due to a lack of continued funding.
As noted on the ECDVU web site at http://www.ecdvu.org/index.php:
- In 2000 the World Bank, utilizing Norwegian Educational Trust Funds, supported the development phase of the ECDVU. The World Bank was then joined by UNICEF, UNESCO, CIDA, the Bernard van Leer Foundation, the British Columbia Human Early Learning Partnerships (HELP) initiative, and local employers of participants in supporting the delivery of the inaugural three year graduate degree program in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA-1) .
- In 2001 the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region of the World Bank requested the delivery of a one year professional development program based on the ECDVU model. As a result, the ECDVU MENA program was developed in 2002 and delivered in 2003 utilizing funds from the Dutch government. A second delivery in the Middle East was requested by UNICEF-Yemen and the Government of Yemen in 2005 and was delivered in 2005/2006. In 2006 funds were received from the Dutch government and the World Bank to deliver a one-year program in 2006/2007 in Africa in cooperation with African universities (SSA-2).
The ECDVU web site remains at http://www.ecdvu.org/index.php
The ECDVU is a programme of the School of Child & Youth Care at the University of Victoria, Canada.