►Paving a Road to Hope for Refugee & Migrant Children | Maria Mignatti, NGO Cmte Migration (ECPC member)

April 13, 2019

“We need to work together in a coordinated manner to build a common strategy in a rule of society approach. ECD we know is a right choice, also in a migration context, because if we change the beginning of the story, we change the full story.”


Forced migration is an increasing global challenge: children and families are obliged to leave their homes for many reasons. Many of these children are under the age of five. In countries of origin, transit and in host countries they encounter traumatic circumstances with a daily violation of their rights. They represent one of the most pressing humanitarian challenges of our time, but their needs are neglected.
In this presentation, Dr. Mignatti calls attention to scientific evidence that highlights the importance of early interventions for young children living under adverse conditions and a new commitment is growing, at international level, to support early childhood development (ECD) for migrant and refugee children. Now it is time to turn these commitments into reality, working together in a coordinated manner, paving a road to hope for millions of young children and their families living in crisis and in conflicts.
19:18 ENG / Subtitles


Maria Pia Belloni Mignati holds a Master’s degree in Political Science, cum laude, from the University of Pavia (Italy) and a Diploma of Advanced European Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium. She is a retired Professor of European Union Law, Faculty of Political Science, at the University of Pavia (Italy).

Positions held by Dr. Mignatti include: Chair, UN NGO Committee on Migration; UN Representative, World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP); Member of the Steering Committee “Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts”, Geneva, Switzerland; and Member of the Advisory Group of the Early Childhood Development Peace Consortium (ECPC).

Dr. Mignatti has published books and articles on different aspects of the European Union integration, mainly about migration policy.


Watch 14 compelling talks by 25 world champions in evidence-based science and practice, education, human migration, web technology and media. Learn why they join together in expertise to pave a road to hope and build pathways to peace through the transformative power of children and families. Hear them sound the global call to action as they launch the ECPC Pledge to Action for Peace. 
  • Be informedMeet the conference presenters who share with you their knowledge, generated from the front lines of this burgeoning field of peacebuilding through early childhood development (ECD). Read their biographies and access additional learning materials.
  • Get involved. Help us pave the road to hope and The Culture of Peace by sharing these series videos with your friends and colleagues.
  • Build peace! Take the ECPC Pledge of Action for Peace, launched by conference speaker, Miss Lames Abdelrahman, IRIS Refugee Ambassador from The Sudan.


This ECPC event was organized by and made possible with support from Queen’s University Belfast LINKS, Yale University, UNICEF and the ECPC.


Distinguished ECPC affiliated presenters join us from the halls of Yale University (Child Study Center, the MacMillan Center for Area Studies, Web Services) Queen’s University Belfast, the United Nations, The Global Movement for The Culture of Peace, UNICEF, Sesame Workshop, ACEV-Mother Child Education Foundation, IRIS-Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, and the NGO Committee on Migration.


The ECPC was established to grow a global movement for peace, social justice and prevention of violence through using evidence-informed strategies to enable the world community to advance peace, security and sustainable development. We must address root causes of violence and conflict, and we must empower children and families to be agents of change to advance social cohesion and peace. 


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