The 6th International Early Childhood Education Congress (IECEC/UOEK-2019) was hosted by the Department of Dede Korkut Education at Kafkas University on October 2-5, 2019, under the main theme of "Childhood Construction". The 7th International Early Childhood Education Congress (IECEC-UOEK-2021) was held at Ege University during the voting at this 6th congress. The 7th International Early Childhood Education Congress (IECEC-UOEK-2021) will be hosted by Ege University on November 24-26, 2021, under the main theme "Early Childhood Education - Change and Priorities in the COVID-19 Pandemic Process" due to the pandemic in the planning process of the Congress.
According to UNESCO (2020), during the COVID-19 process called "the greatest concurrent shock in all levels of education in the lives of individuals", approximately 90% of the world’s student population (more than 1.5 billion students in 165 countries) were cut off from learning experiences due to measures and policies implemented to prevent the spread of the disease.
Even though COVID-19’s health problems with children are not yet clearly identified, considering all aspects of the development of young children, it is clear that this global outbreak will have profound consequences. For younger children, it is inevitable that we know very little about what Covid-19's immediate and observable consequences might be, no matter how relevant. Covid-19 not only suspended normal childhood activities such as going to school, interacting with large families and friends, playing outdoors, and exploring nature, but also influenced the socio-emotional benefits of children’s participation in these experiences.
When we consider this process academically, we are "the participants of the greatest unplanned experience we have seen in our educational lives." The explosion of information related to Covid-19 initially concentrated in medicine and health, but now new directions and publications are also remarkable in education.
Therefore, we would like to invite you to participate in this congress, where we aim to address the steps that need to be taken in managing the process and how the unprepared pandemic process affects children and the individuals and systems that provide them with education, and what kind of innovations we need to deal with this process.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sibel Sönmez