OMEP (World Organisation for Early Childhood Education) was founded in Prague in 1948 under the auspices of UNESCO. A group of Europeans had come together under the inspired leadership of Lady Allen of Hurtwood and agreed that an international body was needed to safeguard the health, welfare and happiness of young children throughout the world following the holocaust of the Second World War. Eighteen countries from five continents were represented at the Prague Conference.
Under the first President, Mrs Alva Myrdal (Sweden), the systematic planning of the international organisation was started. In 1949 the Second World Assembly was held in Paris with Lady Allen as President and thirty-three countries represented.
OMEP is an international, non-governmental organisation which has consultative status with UNESCO and UNICEF.
Aims & Objectives
a) To promote in Singapore the aims and objectives of OMEP as set out in the constitution of the world organisation.
b) To improve the quality of care for young children through research and projects.
c) To promote greater public awareness on the importance of early childhood education in Singapore.
d) To facilitate the exchange of information and experiences among organisations and individuals concerned with the well-being of young children.