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About World OMEP
The Founding of World OMEP: Physical devastation from World War II was evident throughout Europe – crumbled buildings, ruined parks, impassable streets, damaged infrastructure. Psychological and social damage were equally evident. But the promise of a peaceful future was emerging as well, as, for example, in the creation of the United Nations.

In 1946, at this remarkable moment in history, a small group of educators and others came together with a strong sense of humanitarian concern for the welfare of young children. Lady Allen of Hurtwood (United Kingdom) and Alva Myrdal (Sweden), with others from France, Denmark, and Norway, developed a plan for the creation of a world organization to promote the wellbeing, rights and education of young children.

OMEP World Assemblies and Congresses: With support for the plan by the UNESCO Assembly in Paris, the founders invited representatives of 19 countries from 5 continents to a World Conference on Early Childhood Education in Prague in 1948. At that conference, OMEP was formally established and Alva Myrdal was elected its first World President. This new organization was recognized as the principal mechanism to bring together people from all over the world, with the objective to share information and initiate actions to benefit young children everywhere.

The second World Assembly in 1949 drew representatives from 33 countries, indicating the growing strength of the young OMEP organization. The third World Assembly in 1950 drew observers from the major intergovernmental agencies, UNESCO, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Over the last 6 decades, OMEP has held 26 World Assemblies and Congresses in many parts of the world: Mexico City (1952), Copenhagen (1954),Athens (1956), Brussels (1958), Zagreb (1960), London (1962), Stockholm (1964), Paris (1966), Washington, DC (1968), Bonn (1971), Caracas (1974), Warsaw (1977), Quebec, (1980), Geneva (1983), Jerusalem (1986), London (1989), Flagstaff, Arizona (1992), Yokohama (1995), Copenhagen (1998), Santiago, Chile (2001), and Havana, Cuba (2005), Troms¢, Norway (2006), Mexico City (2007), Quebec City (2008), Lagos, Nigeria (2009), and Goteborg, Sweden (2010). For information about the 2010 World Assembly and Congress, visit news/XXVI_World_Congress_2010/



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