It is time to call for no more lost Romani and Traveller generations
- Fifteen years ago, in March 1999, ISSA was founded in The Netherlands and registered as an international membership association focused on Early Childhood Development.
Following the decision taken by the network of Step by Step NGOs during an inaugural Council Meeting in the autumn of 1998 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in March 1999 ISSA was registered in The Netherlands with support from the Open Society Foundations.
- The new site goes live during March 2014, the month during which ISSA was established 15 years ago
- The development of the Romani Early Years Network; the launch of the Early Years Regional Alliance and ISSA’s consolidation as an umbrella for early childhood development across Europe and Central Asia through the admission of more members, among the most relevant achievements of the year.
- ISSA has also stepped into the area of early childhood education and care services for children from zero to three years old, a big and promising challenge.
- Most of the services for this age group in CEE/CIS lack infrastructure and national coverage
- The survey comprises the majority of the Central Eastern European countries and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS), with responses from ISSA members in those countries
- ISSA’s and OSF’s approach to training and pedagogy, featured as a good example of practical research.
- The adoption of more democratic processes in early childhood education, highlighted as a priority and a successful practice in ISSA’s approach.
Courtyard of the Child Rights Home in Leiden/the Netherlands
In September 2013 the ISSA office has moved from Budapest to Leiden, joining a number of other NGOs based in the Child Rights Home. This relocation was possible with generous support from the Utopa Foundation.