The conference organizers are delighted that

Rokhaya Fall Diawara

(Early Childhood Development Programme Specialist, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Africa)
will give the keynote speech,

"Writing, Learning and Teaching Material for Early Childhood Cultures: from Africa to a Global Context"

Thursday, March 7 at 8pm in the Zimmerli Museum

Biographical Information

Ms. Rokhaya Fall Diawara holds a master's in Education, Cultural Resources and Social Intervention, which she received from the University Paris 13 in 2000. She has more than ten years of experience in the field of education, particularly in the field of Early Childhood Development (ECD). Since April 2003, she has been responsible for early childhood programme development, inclusion, equality and gender equity in education, and Literacy and Non-formal education at the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Africa based in Dakar (BREDA). From 2007 to date, she has been coordinating the Association for the Development of Education in Africa Working Group on ECD which provides an informal platform to enhance cooperation and collaboration among organizations that are actively engaged in ECD promotion in Africa, such as national governments, regional networks, U.N. agencies, international NGOs and bilateral organizations.

She handled several duties and responsibilities within the Senegalese administration in the areas of institutional and political administration (teaching, research at the national Institute, and training, technical advisor at the ministerial level) before joining UNESCO. She was also a consultant for the World Bank, UNICEF, and Plan International in the field of ECD. She participated in the drafting and publishing of several documents and studies such as national policy documents, an ECD strategy paper for the education of street children, the curriculum of basic education, a kit for the piloting of Literacy and Non-formal education in development countries, and Making the case: one or two years compulsory ECD programme for all African children.

She is the author and technical coordinator for the “Collection of Early Childhood Cultures”- “Bouba and Zaza” series published in 2012, and she has other publications as co-author on the collection, “La case des Tout-Petits”, a collection of five booklets and “Les petits lions” – 3 work books.

Links for further information:



La Case des Tout-Petits


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